What Inspires Us
A GOD WHO CARES
Transforming urban slums is no easy task and requires long-term, sacrificial commitment, holistic vision, strong leadership, systemic change, and much more. The enormity of the challenge causes us to ask "Is it even possible to attempt change in such a holistic and integrated manner? Can cities and slums really be transformed?"
These are not easy questions. At Urban Mosaic, the basis of our faith and hope rests upon our theological foundation and belief in God who desires transformation even more than we do.
our role in his plan
We also believe that God made us in His image, and that we are charged with the task of cultivating, preserving and protecting God's creation. We are meant to be God's representatives on earth and meant to advance His character of shalom (peace, wholeness) in all spheres of society. We each have a part to play.
hope for the future
We live in a broken world and until God fully restores creation, even our best efforts will remain imperfect. However, even while this work may not fully realize the Kingdom of God, it is still an embodiment of the values of the coming kingdom and thus, a foretaste of what is to come. We believe in God's good intentions for our world and trust Him to bring that work to completion. We will be faithful to work toward this future until it becomes a reality.
Our Core Values
We will not give into the temptation to do what's easy instead of what's right.
We wholeheartedly pursue holistic change in ourselves and in our cities, whatever the cost.
We keep on keeping on, giving up things we love for things we're even more passionate about.
It's an honor to sacrifice for Christ and his kingdom.
we never do for others what they can do for themselves
We affirm that all are God's image-bearers and have the capacity to be active contributors to their own transformation.
We're all about healthy relationships.
We rick being ambassadors of reconciliation. Nothing else heals brokenness and establishes Shalom quite the same.
We always bring our best.
Excellence honors God and inspires growth.
We will honor God's mission with integrity.
If we live with integrity, nothing else matters. If we don't live with integrity, nothing else matters.
We will lead the way as bridge builders.
We know that we can accomplish infinitely more together than apart.
We don't have the privilege to think small.
We are big-thinking, faith-filled risk takers, who know that big problems are solved with small changes are reproduced and multiplied.
We will laugh hard, loud and often.
Nothing is more fun than serving God with people you enjoy!
We will lead the way with irrational generosity.
We truly believe we're blessed to be a blessing.
Our Theology & Beliefs
Urban Mosaic is a faith-based organization. Theologically, we place ourselves in the mainstream of historic Christian confession, as outlined in the historic creeds, or the more recent Micah Network Statement of Beliefs and the Cape Town Commitment.
Finally, while we are followers of Jesus, we also uphold the belief that community assistance should never be used as an excuse to further political or religious standpoints, or withhold services and care on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexuality, class or nationality.