- Mosaic Church
Mosaic Church is a Southern Baptist church in Los Angeles, California.
Thirty-five charter members of "Bethel Baptist Church" began meeting on January 3, 1943 in a rented store front in
Los Angeles, California. In its humble beginnings, members brought their own chairs to the first service. By 1958, two more "missions" or services were established in Baldwin Parkand Monterey Park, and weekly attendance in worship was averaging 250.
In 1969, at age 24,
Thom Wolfbecame senior pastor of the then named "First Southern Baptist Church of East Los Angeles". The '60s brought many changes to East Los Angeles with many groups resettling into new area in the county. The handful of people still attending were predominantly Caucasian/ Angloand elderly in an area that was becoming more and more mixed with Hispanic, Armenian and Asian families (and others from the lower and middle classes) moving in as Caucasian/ Anglofamilies moved to the suburbs. The churches new make-up was approximately 50% Hispanic, 40% Caucasian/ Angloand 10% Asian.
Wolf brought enthusiasm, hope, drive and vision. He created a leadership team that reflected this new cultural make-up with
Hispanicsfilling well over 50% of elder and leadership roles and Asian serving approximately 20% of these roles.
Located on "Brady Ave", church members began to refer to the congregation as "
The Church on Brady." Although never officially changed this was how it became recognized. Wolf gracefully weathered the fall-out from traditionalists who worried over the term "Baptist" missing from church signs and communications.
"Bro Thom", as he is called, developed and led the church in a common mission to "become a spiritual reference point east of downtown Los Angeles and a sending base to the ends of the earth."
Wolf pioneered "Oikos Evangelism": [ [http://www.kristenonline.com/download/book/oikos%20evangelism.pdf Oikos Evangelism] ] reaching out to one’s circle of influence;
home churchgroups or "Share Groups". He fostered a new church, an American apostolicchurch, rather a church based solely on tradition. After examining American apostolic churches (including Willow Creek and Saddleback Church) "George Hunter III , "Reaching the Unreached (1997)" found " The Church on Brady" to be "...the most apostolic congregation in America."
In the early 1990s the "
The Church on Brady" was responsible for more missionaries than any other church in the International Mission Board, regardless of size. Dr. Lyle Schaller states, " The Church on Bradytenaciously and persistently pursued the perennial apostolic paradigm of church ... multiplication rather than church maintenance." The Church on Brady started many new churches both locally in or near Los Angelesand internationally.
By 1983 the original building on Brady was far outgrown and in need of repair. Wolf lead the church through a building phase that was completed in 1987. Even though many were sent out, "Brady" faced a constant issue of overcrowding due to perennial growth.
Initializing the "Spare Not Conference on World Evangelism" Wolf saw it become internationally recognized encouraging world-wide evangelism and influencing the thoughts and actions of hundreds of congregations and thousands of students, leaders and missionaries across the
United Statesas well as like-minded individuals and organizations across the globe. "Brady" became the destination of those wanting to get closer to God and to learn to share with others. "Brady" was not a suburban church of professionals, but was comprised of ordinary people.
In 25 years as Senior Pastor Tom Wolf saw the rebirth and great growth of a vibrant, world impacting, multi-national community.
In October 1991,
Erwin McManuswas first introduced to " The Church on Brady" as the keynote speaker at "Brady’s" "Spare Not Conference on World Evangelism". He was then invited to move to " The Church on Brady" and Los Angelesto transition into the role of Senior Pastor.
Early in 1994, McManus officially became Senior Pastor. Bro Tom moved into a role of "Teaching Pastor" and simultaneously accepted a teaching position at
Golden Gate Seminaryin San Francisco.
El Salvador, McManus had moved at an early ageFact|definition|date=May 2008 to the United States with his family. He brought 15 years experience as urban church planterFact|definition|date=May 2008, evangelist, and speaker.
McManus built on the foundation set at Brady. Multi-media was the new tool in churches at the time. McManus encouraged use of these new tools making greater use of art and dance as weekly components of worship. Regular night-time services became part of the landscape.
A new name was sought with "Mosaic" being the accepted choice. It was at this time that the Sunday night service was moved to a night-club in downtown
Los Angeles. "Mosaic" became a single church with multiple sites. In 2003 the property on "Brady" street was sold making Mosaic independent of land ownership.
Under McManus, Mosaic has been identified as part of the Seeker Sensitive movement and has been associated with the new
Emerging Churchphilosophy. Mosaic has been mentioned as one the "top 50 most influential churches in the nation" [ [http://www.thecronline.com/mag_article.php?mid=672&mname=July 50 most influential] ] and has approximately 60 nationalities in attendance. [ [http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=22546 50 most influential] ]
* Mosaic operates in four locations: Pasadena; Westside/Beverly Hills; The Mayan/Downtown; Inland/Chino. [ [http://mosaic.org/gatherings Mosaic Services] ]
* Elder and Lead Pastor:
* Elder and Executive Pastor: Eric Bryant
* Elder: Enrique Vasquez
* Elder: Rick Yamamoto
* Elder: Greg Soohoo
* Brought on by
** Elder: Enrique Vasquez
** Elder: Robert Martinez
** Elder: Rick Yamamoto
** Elder: Chis Crossan
* Brought on by
** Elder: Paul Richardson
** Elder: Eric Bryant
** Elder: Greg Soohoo
* [http://www.mosaic.org Mosaic Church]
* [http://www.erwinmcmanus.org Erwin McManus]
* [http://mosaicalliance.com Mosaic Alliance]
* [http://awaken.org Awaken]
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