Last month, on March 18th-19th, 2015, I had the privilege of attending the first ever Multi-ethnic Church Planting Summit. It was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, on the campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in partnership with Mark DeYmaz (above) and the Mosaix Global Network.
Several representatives from church planting organizations all over the country and across denominational lines were around the table. I was there to represent Dream of Destiny and the Orchard Group, and it was encouraging to see representatives from Stadia and Exponential among the others in attendance.
Over the course of a day and a half, we discussed the unique challenges inherent to intentional multi-ethnic church planting, and we identified specific action steps that can be taken together going forward, in order to see Mosaix’s vision – 1000 multi-ethnic churches in the next 10 years – become a reality. Here’s an article that came out right after the summit was completed:
The big vision goal for the summit is to plant 1000 intentional multi-ethnic churches in the next 10 years. Here are some of the action steps (in no particular order) that were identified to help make this vision a reality:
1. Develop a cohesive message that provides clarity and avoids confusion regarding this collective mission, vision and strategy.
2. Cultivate stories that communicate the challenges and victories of multi-ethnic church planting, growth, and development, so that people can better see and hear of the ways that diverse people are being reconciled to Christ and to one another, while being mobilized for community impact and transformation.
3. Launch city cohorts (modeled after Mosaix Cincy, in Cincinnati, OH) to bring diverse local church pastors together, raise awareness, develop cross-cultural relationships, pursue cross-cultural competence, create mutually beneficial partnerships, advance multi-ethnic church planting, growth, and development in a city, and connect others to this common cause.
4. Work together on projects that allow us to speak to the nation with a broad/collective voice, demonstrating our oneness of mind and heart. These projects include collaboration in leadership training events and conferences and the writing of books and articles to help one another build momentum and create organizational synergy. In addition, more partnerships and alignments need to be developed among and within church planting organizations, so that this mission and vision can be infused into what others are already doing.
5. Pursue a financial development plan for Mosaix, utilizing gifts from denominations, networks and local churches, which will help fund a paid staff team – those who can then wake up every day working together to advance this common mission/vision.
6. Certify and multiply Mosaix “ambassadors,” by providing training in the cohesive message that will advance the mission, expand networks of relationship, and strengthen credibility for this mission/vision.
7. Develop “best practices” documentation to support multi-ethnic church planting, growth and development, homogenous church transition, and effective community engagement in and for an increasingly diverse society.
8. Conduct multi-ethnic church “road trips” that allow leaders to get up close and “under the hood” of effective multi-ethnic churches around the country.
9. Begin to think in terms of cities, not just churches — and begin to think globally, not just nationally.
10. Honor past contributors/accomplishments, and connect with those who’ve gone before us (see Mark’s article on Ed Stetzer’s Christianity Today Blog, “The Exchange”).
11. Launch cohort type learning communities (like Mosaix has done in partnership with Exponential launching this fall) and host summits (like this one) to bring strategic leaders together for exponential advancement of this mission/vision. Consider hosting one such group for those otherwise uninformed or resistant to the vision in one-way or another.
12. Identify and connect with men and women of peace in varying denominations, networks, and organizations to partner with, who can help inform strategic advance within their sphere of influence, or understand where resistance might come from and how to address it.
If any of these action steps resonate with you or raise questions, I encourage you to leave a comment. If you’d like to learn more about how you can help further this vision of 1000 multi-ethnic churches planted in the next 10 years, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Visible Unity,