Chattanooga Needs Mosaic Church - And Response

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mosaic Church and its pastor, Tim Reid, are being brutally attacked and falsely accused by many of our city leaders -- including our mayor. These folks simply do not know Pastor Tim Reid and they do not know the ministry of Mosaic Church.

All of their allegations are false either from misunderstanding or from an intentional choice not to understand so that they can use Mosaic Church as a scapegoat for the gang problem in Chattanooga. Chattanooga needs the work of the church (the Body of Christ) to address the gang problem and Mosaic is the leading church in Chattanooga addressing the problem by introducing young people to the person of Jesus Christ.

Please pray for this church and for Tim Reid and show your support and encouragement to Tim Reid and Mosaic. There are many ways to connect with and work with Tim Reid and Mosaic Church in the mission they are leading in Chattanooga. True religion by God's definition (through James) is working with widows and orphans in their distress -- this is the core ministry of Mosaic Church as they faithfully work with urban youth and their families.

Please respectfully tell the mayor that he is mistaken and that we need Mosaic Church's leadership in our city.

Thank you for your support of Mosaic Church and for your prayers.

Jason Mitchell
Chattanooga

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I am deeply concerned about the Chattanooga's apparent prejudice toward ministries that do not fit the traditional definition of a church. The recent events near Club Fathom were not caused by that outreach ministry. Rather, the cause is poor leadership on the part of the mayor and poor enforcement as a result of the lack of leadership.

The city seems more concerned about lost revenue from taxes on that property than about community outreach. It has been my experience that, if one follows the money, one may arrive at the truth. In this case, perhaps looking at who owns adjoining properties to Club Fathom and who stands to gain at its closure may be revealing.

In any case, I hope that Club Fathom will not be closed because doing so would cast doubt on the future of other ministries and churches in our area.

Philip W. Haymaker, Sr.
Hixson


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