7 Things for which Every Soul Longs
© 2019 Mark DeYmaz
May you receive and gift such things to others in 2020...
- To be Wanted
The earnest longing of another who finds joy in your presence
- To be Needed
The understanding of another who sees you as essential to a whole
- To be Appreciated
The recognition of another who affirms your purpose
- To be Considered
The thoughtfulness of another concerned for your well being
- To be Included
The desire of another to have you with them
- To be Encouraged
The inspiration of another that challenges you to more
- To be Respected
The sincere admiration of another who values your contributions
2019 in Review
1. Experienced! • Mosaix’ 4th National Conference
These are just some of the comments we received after the event. To each and every one of you who attended, tuned in to the livestream online, as well as to those of you who otherwise remained prayerfully supportive throughout the year, thank you for making the 2019 conference another historic event. We had record attendance (1,300+), a record number of speakers involved (112), and a record number of sponsors (50) helping to underwrite the event, including our 2019 Diamond Sponsor, Brotherhood Mutual.
- “I’ve never been to a conference where so many different people from so many different backgrounds and denominations shared the same space and worshipped together. I was blown away!”
- “The worship was off the chain!"
- “There were so many other workshops I wanted to attend. The list of topics was amazing and the speakers were outstanding!”
- “This conference is too good not to be offered every year. I’ve already put it on my calendar to bring my entire staff in 2022!”
- “It just feels like a big family reunion!”
2. Released! • New Stats on Multiracial Churches
- Purchase the Mosaix19 Digital Access Pass from LifeWay featuring all 6 conference plenary sessions as well as the 4 main stage workshops (panel discussions), and...
- Mark your calendar for Mosaix’ 5th National Mosaix Conference coming again to Northwood Church in Keller, TX, November 8-10, 2022.
At the conference, long-awaited new statistics concerning the progress of the Multiethnic Church Movement were shared by sociologist, Dr. Michael O. Emerson.1
In his plenary talk, Dr. Emerson, one of the nation’s leading scholars on race relations and religion, explained: “We’ve been tracking multiracial congregations in the United States since 1998… We did a national representative study in 1998, 2007, 2012, and now just as of two weeks ago 2019.” Telling conference attendees they were “…the first general audience in the entire world to see these (new) results,” he noted that in the early 2000s Mosaix “put out a really bold claim” suggesting that 20 percent of congregations would be at least 20 percent of different racial groups by 2020.”2 He then addressed, in part, whether or not this goal had been achieved.
First, he shared trajectory development of All Congregations, All Faiths (not just Christian).
Next, he more specifically discussed the findings in relation to different kinds of churches within U.S. Christendom. What percent of congregations within three broad classifications now meet (at a minimum) the 20% threshold?
- In 1998, only 6% of these could be described as having at least 20% racial or ethnic diversity in their attending membership.
- As of 2019, 16% of all congregations across all faiths groups could be so described.
Concerning the growth of multi-racial/multiethnic churches within Evangelicalism, Dr. Emerson said, “The growing proportion of evangelical multiracial churches, I think, is the big story… It’s more than tripled in these twenty years. By the way, as a sociologist who studies these things and watches how social change happens there’s no way ever I could have even imagined that would be possible; so it’s the work of God.”
- Catholic Congregations: from 17% (2006) to 24% racial diversity (2019)
- Mainline Protestant: from 1% (2006) to 11% (2019), having previously reached 12% in 2012
- Evangelical Churches: from 7% (1998) to 23% (2019), up from 15% in 2012
He then addressed the question of racial diversity in leadership: “Who’s leading these congregations; who is the head pastor?”
Most of what was presented came as welcomed news to conference attendees, and bodes well for the continued advance of the Movement. Yet in consideration of the “Race/Ethnicity of Congregants in Multi-racial Churches,” one aspect of the data revealed something troubling. While the percentage of Asians, Hispanics and Whites attending such churches “has remained fairly steady” through the years…
- Asian: 3% (1998) to 4% (2019)
- Hispanic: 3% (1998) to 7% (2019)
- Black: 4% (1998) to 18 percent in 2019, describing the growth as “pretty big change”
- White: 87% (1998) to 70% (2019), down from 74% in 2012
… the percentage of Blacks attending multiracial churches significantly declined between 2012 and 2017…
- Asian: 6% (1998) to 8% (2019)
- White: 50% (1998) to 49% (2019)
- Hispanic: 16% (2006) to 17% (2019)
With this in mind Dr. Emerson said, “There’s been some articles, in places like the New York Times, that label things like, ‘The mass exodus of young Black Evangelicals from Evangelical mixed race churches.’” But is this true? Emerson noted that after climbing to 17% in 2006, the percentage of Blacks in multiracial churches “…jumped all the way up to 27% in 2012. Then we had these stories about the mass exodus, often around the election that happened, and you can see… it comes down to 21%. So there is some exodus… Still higher than it had been in the first two times that we measured it, but a fairly substantial decline since.”
- 16% (1998)
- 17% (2007)
- 27% (2012)
- 21% (2019)
The latest research also considered what correlates with the growth of multi-racial churches. In other words, the more a church can be described by these four things the more likely it is to be racially diverse:
Reflecting on the past twenty years, Dr. Emerson said,“…we have much to celebrate, truly. If the goal was to reach 20% in these churches by 2020, at least within the Christian church that has been done…. But now we need to have a bigger and even richer goal.” He challenged the collective Movement to “…move from being toddlers to teenagers and to even adults…” in the coming years, and to use its increasing demographic diversity to work for “..true justice, true reconciliation, and true unity, addressing major issues like white privilege.”
- Being Evangelical or Catholic
- Expressive worship
- Having younger members
- Being located in the Western U.S.
He concluded: “This movement – the Multi-racial, Multiethnic Church Movement – has come so far, farther than I could have ever let myself imagine in this period of time. May God reveal for us and empower us that this vehicle called the church makes right what is broken in this world. Let’s work for churches that are truly hope for all.”
1 Look for this article by Mark DeYmaz in the March/April 2020 edition of Outreach magazine.
2 More precisely, it was in 2006 that Mosaix first cast a vision to see (among other things) 20 percent racial diversity in 20 percent of U.S. churches by the year 2020.
3. Published! • The Coming Revolution in Church Economics
Our entire understanding of funding and sustainability must change.
Tithes and offerings alone are no longer enough to provide for the needs of the local church, enable pastors to pursue opportunities, or sustain long-term ministry impact. Growing financial burdens on the middle class, marginal increases in contributions to religious organizations, shifting generational attitudes toward giving, and changing demographics are having a negative impact on church budgets. Given that someday local churches may be required to pay taxes on the property they own and/or lose the benefit of soliciting tax-deductible gifts, the time to pivot is now. What's needed is disruptive innovation in church economics.
For churches to not only survive but thrive in the future, leaders must learn to leverage assets, bless the community, empower entrepreneurs, and create multiple streams of income to effectively fund mission. You'll learn why you should and how to do so in The Coming Revolution in Church Economics.
New in 2020
1. Launching! • Church Economics Accelerator
The Church Economics Accelerator is a first of its kind program designed by OCEAN Programs and the Mosaix Global Network to equip churches to launch revenue-generating business ventures to sustain their mission. Participants will learn to identify, select, plan, and execute the best ideas and promising practices in order to create multiple streams of income to supplement tithes and offerings.
Questions? Schedule a Church Econ chat with Rodney Swope or email us.
2. Starting! • MA in Ministry Leadership at Wheaton College
7 classes online; 4 in residence... 1st class starts in Summer 2020!
Together in partnership, Wheaton College and the Mosaix Global Network offer an M.A. in Ministry Leadership to graduate students seeking to serve, establish or develop healthy multiethnic, socially just, and financially sustainable churches and organizations for the sake of the gospel in an increasingly diverse society.
3. Conferencing! • Mosaix Events in 2020
Save a date to join us at one of our next three gatherings...
- September 14-15, Sydney, Australia • National Multiethnic Church Conference
- September 8-9, Atlanta, GA • Mosaix Southeast Regional Conference
- November 17-18, Portland, OR • Mosaix Northwest Regional Conference
Let us help you build a healthy multiethnic and economically diverse,
socially just, & financially sustainable church in 2020. HNY from Team Mosaix!