On November 5 and 6, the Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. (Lou Huesmann, pastor), will host the national multi-ethnic church conference, Mosaix 2013. The conference is a convening spot for a movement of churches who are seeking to intentionally reflect their communities by becoming more ethnically diverse. PlantLB, the church planting effort led by Grace Long Beach staffer, Eric Marsh, is the host organization.
More than 800 pastors, seminary professors, non-profit, and denominational leaders will be on the Long Beach campus with the goal of better equipped to lead within congregations and cities that are increasing less homogenous. This issue has brought together the most diverse of Evangelical groups (imagine Southern Baptists, Assemblies of God, Willow Creek, and Wesleyans, Presbyterians in the same room), and, as you can imagine, a very diverse ethnic group of leaders.
National speakers such as Dr. John Perkins (CCDA) , Dr. Ed Stetzer (LifeWay), Choco DeJesus (New Life in Chicago), Heather Larson (Willow Creek), Jim Wallis (Sojourners), and Efrem Smith (World Impact) are speaking. The PlantLB board will be well represented as Larry Walkemeyer, Josh and Noemi Chavez, and John Teter will be speaking.
For more information, check out this interview with Mark DeYmez, the Mosaix Global Network Executive Director.