One of the questions that people have asked me is, “Why are you attending Trinity Evangelical Divinity School?” The Mosaic Learning Community is one of these reasons. In the video above, Professor Peter Cha, our advisor and director, shares his hopes and desires for Mosaic. One of the things that he says, which resonates most with me, is how Mosaic is aiming to prepare the next generation of pastors and church leaders to serve in an increasingly diverse world. Many sociologists believe that by the year 2040 there will no longer be a majority racial or cultural group within the United States. We need pastors and leaders who are prepared to serve the Church and advance the Gospel in such an environment. Unfortunately, there is very little development being done at the seminary level to raise up such men and women. Mosaic aims to change that.
We do this in a variety of ways. The first, and perhaps the most powerful, is by developing friendships and relationships with students who are different from us. Within our small group we represent numerous communities and theological traditions. One of the highlights of this time together are the stories which we share and the struggles which we lift up in prayer as we support and encourage one another. Through this, we begin to see God’s heart for people from every background and culture. Why? Because we are learning to love each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Another way we do this is through theological reflection. As we explore Scripture together and reflect on some of the areas of brokenness in our world, we begin to see God’s heart for the reconciliation of all peoples, both to Himself and to one another. The apostle John writes, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God who he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). What we see is that our relationships with each other and our relationships with God are intimately intertwined. This reality is one that we wrestle with as we consider issues of social justice, racial reconciliation, immigration, global politics, economics and so forth. As upcoming leaders in the church, we are challenged to think about the Church’s role in all of this and consider how we might pursue God and advance the Gospel in light of these truths.
As I continue to study at Trinity, I will continue to post my reflections on this journey, both with Mosaic and with the TEDS community. I know that I still have a lot to learn and it is my hope that you will join me as I page through this chapter in my life. But I want to conclude with a question for you: How are you exploring and living out your calling to be a leader of reconciliation within the Church and in the world? What has that journey been like?