The Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. (Lou Huesmann, pastor) is hosting the national multi-ethnic church conference, Mosaix 2013, this week. Hundreds of pastors, church planters, theologians, and others, including a number from the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches are attending. PlantLB, the church planting effort led by Grace Long Beach staffer, Eric Marsh, is the host organization. (Click here for more details.) Below is a portion of story from the Christian Post about the conference. Click here to read the complete article.
Pastors Take on the Biblical Challenge to Reflect the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth in the Multi-Ethnic Church at Mosaix 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Kicking off the first plenary session at the Mosaix 2013 Multi-Ethnic Church Conference on Tuesday, Pastors Mark DeYmaz, Derwin Gray and Eugene Cho, and theology professor Paul Louis Metzger shared their belief in this movement that aims to reflect God’s love for all people and the diversity of the kingdom of heaven by planting and growing economically and ethnically-diverse churches.
DeYmaz, who planted Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Ark., where he’s the directional leader, noted that among all of the churches in the United States, 86.3 percent, fail to have at least 20 percent diversity in the congregations, adding that churches are 10 times more segregated than the communities in which they sit and 20 times more segregated than nearby public schools.
“Surely it breaks the heart of God that so many churches throughout this country are segregated ethnically and economically from one another,” DeYmaz commented, “and little has changed in more than 100 years since it was first heard that 11 a.m. on Sunday morning is the most-segregated hour of the week.”