One of the questions that I get a lot, “So, how do you start a church from scratch?”. My first and most accurate answer to that question is “I don’t know.” My second answer is that there are a number of models that have worked… the trick is to find the right model for the leaders and for the community you are trying to reach.
At Mosaic, we understand that our attempt to initiate a church in a stressed urban neighborhood is different than most church plants… certainly different from when we planted Cherry Creek Wesleyan Church in the suburbs of Aurora back in 1985. With our current project, there are lots of unknowns and the typical timelines seems even more uncertain than usual.
So here is our approach. In our effort see people and communities transformed from broken to beautiful through the power and presence of Jesus, we’ve adopted three guiding principals:
We will be Collaborative – the job God’s called us to do is too big for us alone… if God has called and gifted others, we’ll better work with them. Unity pleases God.
We will be Multi-Ethnic – it reflects our community, but more importantly it reflects the heart of God. Unity pleases God.
We will be Empowering – we are not called to provide short-term, crisis answers to long-term chronic problems… we are called to develop long-term solutions by developing people, leaders, systems that provide holistic personal and community development.
With our guiding principals in hand, we will pray like crazy for God to open doors and steer us toward them; we’ll explore every legitimate opportunity and boldly walk through the God given open doors that align with our guiding principals. At the moment, we are exploring seemingly open doors for a building (that could be used for a worship service and for collaborative community ministries); for community collaborations; and for multi-ethnic leaders.
Please pray for us.