Mosaic Exists to Love Together

We think consensus is a flimsy basis for unity—especially at a time when even the best of us are tempted toward anger and division. Instead, we unite to love and through love. We're convinced God uses this to heal persons and communities.

What we mean by “Love”

We mean words and work that serve, reconcile, and restore—a costly, Jesus-shaped love that coaxes life out of death. We’re not particularly good at this. But we press on because we believe deeply that it’s worth chasing and that God can and will make up the difference between what is and what ought to be.

Our name is our story

“Mosaic” captures the unifying story of our people—a collection of varied, broken pieces, mended and fitted together by a master craftsman. It's also the story of our organization—formed in 2007 through the merger of two churches.

What we're building

We aim to be an authentic, creative faith community that communicates God’s love, invests in the Greater Rochester community, fosters meaningful relationships, and offers a safe place to experience healing, hope, and grace along the spiritual journey.

Our People

Mosaic is a small, vibrant, Christian church in Rochester, New York’s South Wedge neighborhood. We’ve been there since 2015, but our roots in Greater Rochester go back 30 years. Our name is the story of our organization: we formed in 2007 through the merger of two churches.

Mosaic is also the story of our people—a collection of varied, broken pieces, mended and fitted together by a master craftsman. We are artists and teachers; technicians and entrepreneurs; healers and builders and servers. We are blue-collar and white-collar and unemployed. We are children, teens, college students, adults. We are single, dating, and married. We are athletes, we are disabled, and we battle chronic diseases. We live below the poverty line, and we live well-off. We run the political gamut from Libertarians to Democratic Socialists. And we cover a broad swath of the theological spectrum—from conservative to progressive—with backgrounds in Charismatic, Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, and nondenominational traditions.

What unifies us is Christ: We aspire to know Christ, to be moved by his love, to learn to walk in his ways, to embrace his heart of restoration, and to make a difference in our world.

How We “Do Church”

First and foremost, we’re Church with a Capital-C. Part of the body of Christ, called to fulfill the commission and instructions Jesus gave to his apostles.

We’re also a church with a small-c: Composed of specific people, rooted in a particular time and place. We’re working out our role in the Church’s mission right here, right now.

In general, we aim to be an authentic, creative faith community that communicates God’s love, invests in the Greater Rochester community, fosters meaningful relationships, and offers a safe place to experience healing, hope, and grace along the spiritual journey.

That’s a volatile set of goals and values: in a diverse group, relationships and community all too often come at the expense of authenticity and safety. Consensus and conformity are a lot simpler. But consensus is a flimsy basis for unity—especially at a time when even the best of us are tempted toward anger and division. And conformity always demands a very high price.

So instead, we unite through love and to love.

By Love, we mean words and work that serve, reconcile, and restore—a costly, Jesus-shaped lifestyle that coaxes life out of death.

We exist to Love Together. And we’re convinced God uses this to heal persons and communities.

We’re not especially good at all this. Love is very difficult, and we’re often not up to the challenge. We are incomplete: always building, never built. We are diverse, but we don’t represent the full diversity of our community. And we haven’t fully shaken the habits of consensus and conformity.

But we press on because we believe deeply that all this is worth chasing and that God can and will make up the difference between what is and what ought to be.