In the home stretch?

We are entering a really busy month. I’m still trying to figure out if we are ‘in the home stretch’ or just starting the journey.

  1. We have introduced in Mosaic the concept of the ‘promise’ – a commitment to particular practices that will help Mosaic live out its vision. Commitment is more easily adopted in secular groups (teams, organizations, etc.) but when it comes to the church, people tend to want preference and consumption without sacrifice or participation. We need to go further in helping people see the biblical basis for commitment or covenanting. I see this as  matter of aligning our head & hearts with what God wants for our community. That isn’t always easy to correct our preferences, traditions, habits, etc. and align them with what God calls us to. That is discipleship though.
  2. We have two sets of guests arriving – Dan & Bert. One set are friends who will be here for a week. One will stay on until May. We also have my sister in law and niece coming. They’ll be here to help with our kids while Carol and I are away for 5 days at a conference in Portugal (we’ve also been able to tack on 4 days in Paris – for FREE!!!).
  3. This week will also be heavy with conversations about our future (I’ll post in a couple weeks in detail) and the reason for Dan & Bert’s visit. It is the beginning steps of a longer and more settled future for us.
  4. We are starting lent and this elads up to Easter…school breaks…etc. It is always a packed time.

However, I am tending toward the positive with all this. It is good stuff, healthy, exciting and I see it as the culmination of things that started long ago (2000 years ago for one event!). I see it as both the home stretch and the start of a new chapter.

Membership, covenant, commitment, etc….The Promise

Mosaic is wrestling with the idea of commitment. Last Sunday we presented The Promise – our attempt at articulating some core aspects of committing to Mosaic in order for us to grow and fulfill God’s will for us as a community. Using our values and life practices as a starting place we identified 5 aspects that will help us pursue Mosaic’s vision as a community. They are:

  1. Living out our life practices – these are based on our values of communion, community and co-mission. Won’t go into them here.
  2. Regular participation in our weekly gatherings
  3. Missional living at work – wherever we spend most of our time.
  4. Sacrificial giving
  5. Regular involvement in a small group

Some of this is a result of reflections over the last few years, some recent feedback & challenges the community faces, and a great deal has to do with us trying to work toward the same goals for Mosaic and God’s mission in the world. We cannot move in a united direction if we are all pursuing our own will or we have different objectives. This still gives a great deal of personal flexibility and is not something to be policed but embraced; only the person will know if they are wholehearted or ‘ticking off the box’.

For those who are followers of Christ and can embrace these five aspects, they would become ‘promised’ people in Mosaic (we termed this ‘aprentices’) and they would be given responsibility according to gifting, character, and calling which flows into ministry and leadership. Those who are not a follower of Christ or a Christian who is determining if Mosaic is a community God wants them to participate in would simply be ‘friends’. This would be an opportunity for them to discover the claims of Christ and/or discern their ability to embrace Mosaic’s values and mission. 

I think in some ways this puts us closer to being a missional community; even urban monastics. Western culture doesn’t do well with commitment and I know Mosaic/us as leaders aren’t perfect, so please be in prayer as we consider being promised, seek unity and forge ahead in fulfilling God’s will for us in 2008.