I’m going to spend the next while posting some thoughts about church planting, mission, and ecclesiology.
The odd thing is most books and experts will tell you that these topics primarily begin with demographics, market research, target audience, all that stuff. I’ve went ahead and dreamed and schemed without really factoring these in. I’m sure there are better ideas and models out there for different contexts, but I’ll just go with what I know so far.
What I do know is we love both the city of Toronto and Ottawa, and though the truth is we’re suburban at heart, we’re falling in love with the urban space. We’re open to other alternatives though.
After all my reading on leadership, I still can’t quite tell the difference between vision and mission. They seem to elude to who we are and who we are to become, but I find them intrinsically tied together. So here’s a very high level blurb. I’ll just use “City” for now in the name, but I might want to substitute that for the actual city at some point? who knows.
Mosaic City is an expanding movement of people becoming who God created them to be. It is a movement sparked by the Creator of the universe, fused together by the person of Jesus, and fueled forward by the Spirit of God. It seeks to serve the city and beyond as a community of faith, love, and hope, by unleashing the God-given dreams of those who choose to participate.
In short, we are, and will increasingly be, a community that lives by faith, is known by love, and is a voice of hope to the city. (1 Thessalonians 1:3)