mosaic nashville

What Dan Said to the Guy in the T-Shirt
by: Dan Kimball

A Learned to Learner Litany of Transformation?
by: Leonard Sweet

Preaching to the Postmodern Choir by Eutychus Bailey
by: by Eutychus Bailey

I 'sinned' to see Billy Graham
by: By Dan Kimball

Two questions unbelievers often ask about the resurrection
by: Lee Strobel

24 Transtions for moving into the 21st Century
by: by Leonard Sweet

The Relationship Driven Church (Warning: This Is Not A Program)
by: John 0'Keefe

The Bible for Missing People
by: By Neil Tibbot

God, a friend, and a good cup of coffee
by: Gary Morgan

How do you see the emerging/postmodern conversation?
by: Mark Tabb

Ministry of Presence
by: Jared R. Mackey

The Missional Church
by: TIm Keller

by: Dan Kimball

The Church
by: Andrea Johnston

who is Jesus?
by: John O'Keefe



This section will include posts from the mosaic community and others who have thoughts on all sorts of things.



August 15, 2006
new sunday conversation a·wak·en·ing
a·wak·en·ing is about people who sense God's calling on their lives, it?s about a community with dreams, it?s about a community exploring what God might want to do in and through them, it?s about rearrangement, it?s about stretching, it?s about beginning for some and growing for others. Join us over the next few months as we explore the movement of God as told in the book of Acts. Join us as Mosaic continues to open ourselves up to God and allows God to shape and change us. Join us as we experience an ACT of?a·wak·en·ing

May 23, 2006
Mosaic Sabbatical Week
Sabbaticals in today's world refer to an extended time completely away from one's normal work.
Sabbatical comes from the word Sabbath. If we look at the Biblical roots of the Sabbath, we see that it means the day of rest. But the intention was to not only rest the body and the mind, but also to refresh our souls.
Beginning May 28th after our morning worship gathering until June 4 we will have no schedule events, in hopes to rest the body, the mind, and the soul.
So prepare yourself and determine what you need to shift your thinking from the normal schedule to sabbatical. Without this mindset rearrangement, it will be difficult to achieve the goals that you've set. Take the time to get your mind and our soul ready.
And may your sabbatical week be a time of refreshment for your mind, your body and your soul. Enjoy the week and we will see you next Sunday.

Thoughts and ideas- from Your Vacation as a True Sabbatical by Jeff Cornwall Director of the Belmont University Center for Entrepreneurship Bio/Vita

March 13, 2006
threads the conversation
threads: the values from the ancient scriptures that are at the core of God's story and at the core of who Mosaic desires to be as a community of Jesus followers.
these are the essentials that are woven into all we are and all we are becoming ? both as individuals and as a whole. They shape us as followers of Jesus, defining our role in the movement of God. This is who we are. These are non-negotiables that we hold to, that we strive for. They become the rhythms that we live by.
Mission. Love. Design. Relevance. Surrender.
So, join us over the next few weeks as we explore, experience, and engage in the conversation, threads.

January 12, 2006
Community Groups Begin (check out the schedule and Join one)

Mosaic will be a church of "people", not a "place" you go to. For us, the point is not just "going to a church," but being church in our daily lives and everyday interactions with others. At mosaic, commonLIFE in Christ starts @ home and among friends.

Thus community groups gather in homes, but also in other kinds of spaces. Some groups meet in coffeehouses and some in parks. The spaces vary, but the purpose is the same: small groups of people gathering to share life, tell stories, eat meals, pray, serve and grow together in Jesus Christ.

So, join a community group and invest in others.

January 3, 2006
New Sunday Conversation "30 Days"

Morgan Spurlock, creator of the documentary, ?Super Size Me? and the Fx original series, ?30 Days?, makes this statement about his television series, ?My goal with this series is just to plant the seeds that will hopefully inspire you to seek out more information or act to make a change in your own community. So get involved, make a difference, change the world ... in the end it's up to you.?
Over the next 30 days we long to do the same, to dive into conversations about the stories of those in scripture who have placed themselves into the shoes of others, the cultures of others, the lands of others and the lives of others. Our hope is that we may be convinced to act, to seek out, to get involved, to make a change, to follow in the ways of Jesus.
So for the next 30 days join us as we live in someone else?s shoes?.In the end it?s up to you.

December 22, 2005
Christmas Worship Gathering
December 23 Christmas Worship Gathering O' Come let us adore Him Friday 7:00 PM at the Anchor 629 Third Ave South 37210 Nashville, TN This year we'll celebrate Christmas with Carols, lots of Candles and Communion.

November 10, 2005
the ride continues
the ride continues,
the word is out,
yes, we are moving.
on december 4, 2005 to
629 third avenue south in downtown n?ville

On Sunday, December 4 we will be gathering at a new location, 629 Third Avenue South in Downtown Nashville. This location is the gathering place of The Anchor Fellowship
The Anchor Fellowship Church has graciously allowed us to lease their facilities for Sunday gatherings, a few additional community gatherings a month, storage, and band practice. We continually thank the Lord and the Anchor fFllowship for paving the way for this new location.

So, pass the word and stay tuned for more information, and continue to do life with God and others.

November 7, 2005
The Building at McGavock
It was just a few months ago when we stated we will be moving into a new location at 1525 McGavock St. for our worship gathering. We were excited and felt it was where we needed to be for the time being. However, it is time to move again, we received a notice along with other the tenants of the building stating the building must be vacated by December 31, 2005. We are not exactly sure what is gong to happen to the building but we believe it is going to become a parking lot.
So, we are on the search again, for a venue in which we can gather together, eat meals together, and do life together.
Please be in pray for a new place to do life together. We have always stated that Church is a people not a place?may our actions continue to represent our words. Pass the word and stay tuned for more information about when a move will take place.
In the mean time the people of mosaic still do life all over including a building at 1525 McGavock st. ?. See you there.

September 25, 2005
Our role in foster care
Family Matters "Potluck and special speaker Sunday, September 25th after the service" MeLisa Hovind a foster parent will share from her experience (she became a foster parent at 21 and would've started earlier but that was the age minimum), and then Sharon Zinzow will discuss the ways we can be involved in helping out foster care. We will address service projects and a future meeting date. So come to listen and eat as we discover how God could utilize the community of Mosaic within the foster care system. For more information contact Sharon at

September 13, 2005
The Reception: Saturday - September 17
A party to celebrate the coming together of our community
At The Virtual Factory Stage & The Garage
1525 McGavock Street Nashville, TN 37203
Live music- food -Childcare will be provided

Picnic In the Park: Sunday - September 18
This is our weekend gathering
We will gather at Centennial Park to wrap up the reception weekend. Bring your lunch, a blanket and a Frisbee and we will provide the drinks

For more information please see or call 473-6485.

July 22, 2005
The Merge
It is here, merge week and It is going to be great!
The dates of July 26th picnic in the park & July 31st, our merge Sunday are fast approaching. I am excited about the God given opportunity to do life together. I continue to be blown away by the beautiful fit of vision and values from each community of faith. Thanks to all, for the conversations, questions and prayers, GOD IS GOOD. Let our days ahead be a time for our community to being formed into the image of Christ for the sake of others.

July 26 Picnic at the Park
July 31 Merge Sunday

June 23, 2005
SUNDAY June 26 we will be moving into a new location for our worship gathering located at 1525 McGavock St.
This is not a permanent location as of yet, but it will be our home for the next phase of our life.
Pass the word and stay tuned for more information.

June 13, 2005
**Merge Ahead**
Dear Mosaic Community,
The decision has been made and the news is out, Mosaic is about to experience a blessed expansion! Mosaic Nashville and Mosaic are coming together to further our shared mission and vision. Thanks to all for the conversations, prayers and questions, it is great doing life together Gary

Mosaic Sabbatical Week:
Sabbaticals in today's world refer to an extended time completely away from one's normal work.
Sabbatical comes from the word Sabbath. If we look at the Biblical roots of the Sabbath, we see that it means the day of rest. But the intention was to not only rest the body and the mind, but also to refresh our souls.
Beginning May 28th after our morning worship gathering until June 4 we will have no schedule events, in hopes to rest the body, the mind, and the soul.
So prepare yourself and determine what you need to shift your thinking from the normal schedule to sabbatical. Without this mindset rearrangement, it will be difficult to achieve the goals that you've set. Take the time to get your mind and our soul ready.
And may your sabbatical week be a time of refreshment for your mind, your body and your soul. Enjoy the week and we will see you next Sunday.
Thoughts and ideas from Your Vacation as a True Sabbatical Jeff Cornwall Director of the Belmont University Center for Entrepreneurship Bio/Vita




The Relationship Driven Church (Warning: This Is Not A Program)
John 0'Keefe

It seems that all churches I know are looking for that one, perfect magical program that will make it easy for church growth; some kind of special musical style that will attract people like crazy; that one charismatic pastor with great hair, perfect teeth, a winning smile, with a blond wife and two point five kids (that will work for almost nothing and be on call 26 hours aday); that all-in-one special thing that will help them grow a church that will put the mega-church to shame. Most churches are driven by their desire to reach numbers that will make other church take notice of their wonderful abilities to do a true ministry of God. Pastors of those churches wait to see if their version of someone else"s program will work, so they can cut a book deal and sell their view of that program to the waiting hungry church masses that are looking to out do the next and find the same deal. It seems that all churches are looking for that magic pill, that special program, that one thing that will help them grow and because of that, they will devour all that publishers and writes place before them, as long as the magic words church growth are added to the program line.

Over time, churches have been purposed, programmed, envisioned, deconstructed, restructured, re-envisioned, reprogrammed and deprogrammed, slapped with oil, powdering on the bottom and wrapped in a diaper then sent on their way. In fact, church have had so much of all this stuff that the average church library looks like a who's who in the business world and Christian publishing. Yet with the billions being spent on all this stuff the church in America is in decline, why? What? You mean you never figured that with all the garbage we consume about being programmed we would be in decline? Well, truth is, we are shoving programs down our collective pipes and we are not growing. Many church honchos forget that what program works in one area, will not work in another canned programs never, never work the same in all areas, or even with all people in the same area; heck, they will not work between generations. I will even go as far as to say that programs in general do not work well because it is a natural thing for the program church to develop it to a point where reality it lost.

But as churches seek to find that all in one program that will solve all their ills, they forget that programs do very little for people. Sure, the church can design things to meet the needs of the people, but that is still not working because, as I believe, structure will never give way to growth, and organization disallows the reality of organism. While churches are searching for the latest and greatest they are missing the opportunity to build what is most important in the church relationships. Now, let me say this before I go on ? this is not a program, do not think of it as a program, do not strive to figure out how to make it a program developing relationship can not be programmed. If you see this as a program, stop reading and go watch SpongeBob (don't tell Dobson), or clip your toenails, or reread a Maxwell book.

As I said above, developing relationships can never be programmed. Because what is organic can never be systemized, when we take the organic and try to organize it we develop engineered life. In my past experiences, no program has ever helped develop a true and honest, lasting relationship. The idea of a relationship driven church cannot be programmed, because when it is it loses the spontaneous reality of relationships. So, if developing a relationship driven church is not a program, what is it? Think of it this way, it is a lifestyle. It is a lifestyle based, not on a thing? but on a person. It is a lifestyle based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. To be a relationship driven church we need to look to Christ as our example. How did Jesus develop relationships? What did Jesus do to make friends? How did Jesus interact with those around him? What did Jesus say about looking into the heart of a person, and not judge the outside?

Jesus made friends with many people, from many walks of life and many different lifestyles. He never judged them (except the religious leaders) for who they were, and he was willing to go that extra mile to truly be connected to people. He cared more about the heart of people, then developing a program that would do very little for them. Jesus did something very important, that many churches today miss he made friends with people, he was not just friendly to people. What many churches today do not realize is that we are not looking for a friendly church we are looking for a church of friends, a church were we can make and keep friendships. People today are disconnected with each other, and no program will make that connection. What needs to happen, I believe, is that the church needs to develop this ?relationship driven church into a core of it's being, and not as part of the church program.

Some Key Points (again, this is not a program)

I believe being a relationship driven church is rather easy. It does take the commitment of all to truly work, but once it is part of the DNA, it will take root and run away in the community. But for that to happen, it cannot be seen as another program and it must be given true life, true voice, true expression and true freedom to take hold.

I think one of the first steps is that the honchos of the church need to be the examples. If you are an elder, or a deacon, or a pastor, or some other tag given in the church you need to be the first to show others that it can be done. No excuses, no logical reasoning? for not doing it, just do it make friends, meet people, greet people one of the most ridicules programs I have ever seen is the greeter ministry where people with name tags hand out bulletins and smile. If we remember to look at the requirements of being a ?church overseer? one of them is that they must be welcoming ? hospitable (I Timmy 3:1; Titus 1:8). Notice the must in that to me, I do not see this as an option for people who strive to serve in the church. If you desire to be anoverseer you must be an example of what a Christian needs to be you must welcome people into the church. If, for what ever reason, this is too hard for you as a servant of God, resign the position and let someone who can do it, do it. It is amazing to me, that we are willing to tell people who are not married, divorced, female, or have no kids that they do not meet the requirements of 1st Timmy, but we ignore that they must also be teachers, hospitable, not quick to anger and other requirements. I guess it is easier to ask a married xenophobe to be an overseer then it is to ask a divorced person with a great heart.

I have found that when those who are overseers do it, everyone takes the time to meet people. But in all this, I am amazed at all the excuses people give for not welcoming others. My favorite, Our church is too big, and there is no way for me to know everyone. That is the biggest copout ever because that logic comes to mean, I can't know everybody so I will know no one, or just a few. Here is a rule I have always had in ministry, I live by it and require all those who desire to be overseers in any church I serve to live by it; here it is: If you see someone at church, and you do not know their name go up and introduce yourself to them and get to know them. It does not matter how long any person has been in the church if you personally do not know who they are, get to know them.

Now, getting to know people is hard because it requires that you get ready to go past the niceties and into their lives. I am amazed at how many people think it is just OK to know a person's name, and nothing more. The funny thing for me is that people then claim they know the person what. You only know their name; you do not know the person. No relationship is built by knowing a name, but it is the start. What this takes is a desire to get down and get dirty. To go past the nice to know you to the want to have lunch? and the let"s hang out stages to the let's get together at my home for dinner stage it requires that you open yourself; it requires that you welcome others into your home; into your life it means you must go past the niceties and get ready to get dirty with the dysfunctional lives of others. I was once approached by an overseer that told me he was not comfortable with getting to know people, at first. But soon he found that the people he was meeting were, as he put it, kicking.

One of the things people need to do is be ready to look past the outsides of people, and into their hearts. I know that many see getting connected and getting dirty as hard to do, but you know what it is what we are to do. We are to look past what we see on the outside and find in each person we meet, the Christ that expresses his or her heart. This requires that you be ready to go that extra mile, give away your coat, and share your food with others. It requires that you see in others what is wonderful in them not finding their faults, their wrongs, but to see in them, the wonder of a creation of God.

Some Givens and General Misnomers:

I think one of the biggest problems in developing a relationship driven church without developing via a program is to overcome the strong desire to create something and claim it is a ?non-program? thing. That is to say, you cannot create home groups, cell groups or ?fancy ministry name? group and then ?ask? people to join most won't. Sure, some will, but the majority of people won?t. I know of several churches that stopped with their home groups because they could not get people to join no matter how hard they tried. They hired pastor's of care groups and spend a ton of cash on buying the latest and greatest in home group ministry supplies and still, nothing happened. What they forgot is that people cannot be forced into groups they need to form naturally. Overseers need to create an atmosphere where creative growth can happen, and where people can form natural groups themselves. This leads to what I think is very important to develop a program you need to plan and go, yet most people do not live that way, they live in a plan on the go world. Don't seek to develop a program, seek to develop people.

Another big problem facing churches seeking to be relationship driven is related, in the fact that all programs need to be approved and must have a certain outcome that must be met.

Churches who desire to have a home ministry program set up goals that must be met, or justified why they are not met. I have a friend who was care pastor with a large church who said that the elders gave him a goal one year that over 60% of the church needed to be in home groups by the end of the year he freaked; he started with less then 10% in groups, and was required to get over 3,500 people in groups by year-end. He was instructed to submit to the elders a detailed plan of how this will be accomplished. It seemed impossible, and was informed by the elders that because the goals were not met he would be released? from his call. Yet, when asked, he found out that none of the elders of the church were in home groups or in any fellowship groups at all.

With Christ Nothing Is Impossible:

That should go without saying, but I have been amazed at how most churches don?t believe the one simple truth, that with Christ all things are possible. I am thrown back by the defeatist mindset of many churches in America. We teach that Jesus is the answer, yet we are even afraid to ask the questions.

It is not an option for the church to be a relationship driven church and it is not something that can be moved to a later date this is more important then money, building, program, direction, board meetings, or making the elders happy. If the church does not have people developing relationships, it does not have the potential to reach past it's doors and into the world around them. I know of many churches that when you walk in, you find a small band of friends who are unwilling to welcome anyone new into their lives or into the lives of the church. Ok, so I know what your thinking how do we do it? How do we develop a ?relationship driven church? without creating a program to do it?

Well, let me just say this encourage friendships, encourage gatherings, encourage groups and encourage the overseers to get off the chair and start to model what it takes to be a Christian in a world seeking friends.

Written by John 0'Keefe on Friday, March 4, 2005, 09:39 PM.
Last modified on Friday, March 4, 2005, 09:59 PM.



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