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Furthermore, Mosaic was attracting national and international attention. The church had been cited in book chapters, articles, and newspaper stories for such things as the structure of its [ 21 ] a mosaic of believers small groups, the youthfulness of its congregation, its missional orientation, and its emphasis on creativity. Leaders of various denominations were requesting special meetings. Increasingly, the lead pastor and other staff members were solicited for speaking engagements and church consultations.

The denomination was formed in 1845 when the Alabama State Baptist Convention was asked whether missionaries sent by the convention could bring their slaves on mission, [ 30 ] Multiethnic Churches, Mosaic, and Social Change Table 1. Proportion of Ethnic/Racial Groups at Mosaic with the convention covering the costs of doing so. The convention refused to commission slave owners (or slaves) as missionaries, which rural whites felt denied them the right to own slaves; they therefore split off and formed the Southern Baptist Convention (Copeland, 1995).

Chapter 6 describes how Mosaic co-opts elements evident in the emerging American culture in such a way that it resonates with young adults living in this urban cosmopolitan region. Chapter 7 focuses on the fluid ethnic identity of people at Mosaic and how that fluidity is reconstructed by leaders into a new shared identity as dedicated followers of Jesus Christ who are “on mission” as members of a catalytic, apostolic community. The chapter will describe the enacted rituals, common commitments, and shared activities that [ 18 ] Introduction define and foster such an identity and acculturate individuals into it.

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