By Gerardo Marti
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James, 1989; Batson, Schoenrade, and Ventis, 1993; Braude, 1995). At Mosaic women share many of the signiﬁcant roles of spiritual leadership with men (see appendix B for a discussion of women and leadership at Mosaic). According to a June 2003 ﬂyer, there are forty-three small groups across metropolitan Los Angeles. Groups extend as far west as Venice, as far east as Riverside, south to Cypress, and north to Sherman Oaks. , 1987), which are home-based small groups intended to grow and multiply as group members are added by either assimilation or conversion.
Of the 1,200 attending in any given week at that time, the average age was twenty-nine. And while the organization had been established by a group of Southern Baptists in 1943, the most dynamic period of growth and diversiﬁcation to date had occurred in the last four years, since 1997, with more ethnically diverse and more geographically dispersed people joining the church. 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.
While I was struck from the start by the variety of ethnic groups represented there, Mosaic’s unusualness was driven home to me a few years ago when I attended a conference at Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, well known for its impressive growth and a standard stop for any pastor seeking to “do church” in a contemporary, relevant way (see Sargeant, 2000). ” The contrast of this visiting group against the virtual sea of thousands of white faces made me aware of how utterly normal diversity had become for me.