A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a by Gerardo Marti

By Gerardo Marti

This e-book does a masterful activity of piecing aside Mosaic, the way it is established and the way it operates. It presents proof and precise insights backstage and offers the reader what he must comprehend variety in an area church that's impacting the area.

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Introduction categories rather than a seemingly arbitrary announcement of individual choice. One cannot simply “choose” ethnic identity, since ethnicity is both ascribed by others and achieved in performance. ” The most prominent constraint on ethnic identity is physical appearance, which includes such things as skin color, body shape, facial features, and hair type. Individuals distinguish among others according to these qualities and accept such distinctions as real; therefore (per W. I. Thomas’s theorem: “If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences”) these distinctions become real in their consequences.

Mosaic recently attempted to determine the level of diversity of attenders at all the services. Data were collected at all celebration services in January and February 2000, with a simple fill-in-the-blank card requesting basic information such as name, address, and age. The bottom of the card listed “Ethnicity” and “Country of Origin,” each with a blank line next to it; no other instructions were given. Just under six hundred respondents, approximately 75 percent of the average weekly adult attendance at the time, filled in something for “Ethnicity,” and the aggregated results are presented in table 1.

The shrinking congregation consisted of whites in their forties and fifties. As people left, few new people were added. According to a building program brochure, “Pressures in a changing community shattered the dream. It faded. The Sixties were hard times for our church. It was the death of a vision. Many left. Few people hung on through that decade. ” When Carl and Clara arrived at the little church on Brady Avenue in 1967, church attendance was about a hundred. Most attenders were still white Southerners and Midwesterners.

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