Mosaic Church Just Another Big Business

By | September 15, 2016

“Physics isn’t a religion. If it were, we’d have a much easier time raising money.”
-Leon Lederman

“Businesses may come and go, but religion will last forever, for in no other endeavor does the consumer blame himself for product failure.”
-Harvard Lamphoon Quotes

“It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity.”
-Abraham Lincoln

 

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“I enjoyed my 8 years at Mosaic and the time I was able to serve alongside you guys. I cannot imagine how much great ministry will come out of each of you individually and as a group in the future. I have very intentionally steered clear of knowing much about the church but it looks like the way you guys have kept the church on task is just incredible.
-Dustin Boles, former pastor of Mosaic Church, in an email to Mosaic Church staff.

 

“Please understand that we are not withholding details to protect Dustin. We are protecting those who were hurt by his sin.
…This news comes as a shock to all of us, and we do not discount the hurt that this has caused the families effected and the congregation as a whole.
…The mission still stands and the vision is still clear. Our faith and hope is founded in Jesus Christ through God’s divine plan.
You are Mosaic Church.”
-Mosaic Church, “A Message From Our Elders.”

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“Let this be a lesson to all the church. You cannot keep this sort of stuff a secret nor should you keep this stuff a secret. The community has a right to know what the highly publicized, public figure, Dustin Boles, has been up to. You wanted the public to come to your church, to listen to your teaching, and to realize how much you care for your community. You do not get to hide the bad stuff. If you truly understand the gospel, you’ll be open and honest about the situation.

Also, leaders, there are alleged victims and you need to make sure you convey that in your interactions with the community. Already there has been a major screw up by one of your staff members in this area. We will let you know what that is in the near future. Start protecting the victims and stop protecting the reputation of your church and your ex pastor.”

-The Wartburg Watch, “Mosaic Church and Dustin Boles: Resignation Announcement and a Recent Email,”  Sept 14, 2016

 

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Today I am piggy-backing on several posts dealing with a sexual abuse scandal involving the former senior pastor, Dustin Boles, of Mosaic Church of Ocean Springs, MS.  Two of these posts can be found at The Wartburg Watch blog, here and here. The other post can be found at Watch Keep. These posts and their accompanying comments do a commendable job of presenting the facts of the scandal, addressing the response of the church and former pastor Dustin Boles and keeping the focus on the victims and their families – where it properly should be.  As Doug Murren, a former pastor of mine, has stated:

“The phrase “We shoot our wounded” minimizes the wounding done to victims. In the name of protecting a leader, we pass over the fact that the victims have to be taken seriously too. I think taking care of the victims is the first concern of the Spirit-filled church. Most fallen leaders already suffer from an exaggerated view of themselves and love being the center of attention. We generally think of “restoring” them first. I rarely hear people say let’s reach out to the victims. For me restoring those people is a much higher priority than helping a disgraced leader climb back onto center stage. I think we need a national movement to restore and heal the victims of church abuse. Our lack of concern for these people is killing our ability to reach the lost. ”
“Question Mark: Why the Church Welcomes Bullies and How To Stop It” by Jim Henderson and Doug Murren pages 107, 111-112

The slant I am going to take on this story is that, regrettably,  organized religion is a business. Most church members do not want to believe this; nor do I.  But time after time I have seen scandals come to light in a church and time after time I have seen church leadership handle the scandal poorly. Boz Tchividjian has said that “the priority of church leadership when learning of an abuse disclosure is the protection of the abused, not the protection of the church.” Boz Tchividjian is right; this type of a response is what reasonable church members expect.  But this is not what we see.  Why not? Because church leader’s first concern is invariably protecting their abusive colleague and protecting the church business. Admitting to their grievous sins and doing whatever it takes to care for the victims may be bad business. Members will leave, others will cut their donations. Churches may not be able to make their mortgage payments and pastors may have to be terminated. It is never cool for these churches who are attempting to reach “mega-church” status, or for the lead pastor who is attempting to become a member of the “Christian” celebrity club to be leading a church that is losing members.

Listen to this short audio from Mosaic Church. This is taken from the Sunday morning service where elder Doug Molyneaux broke the news to the Mosaic Church that lead pastor Dustin Boles had resigned because of abusive sexual conduct. In the audio, Mr. Molyeneaux defiantly states that “we are going to take this church to the next level, and we owe it to Dustin to do it as well. That’s what he wants, that’s what we all want.”

Yeah, that sounds just like what Christ would want! Take your church to the “next level” because you owe it to the disgraced, sexually abusive, former lead pastor. One also wonders about the euphemistic “all.” When Molyneaux states “that’s what we all want” does the “all” refer to the five elders, or does it refer to the entire church membership?  I find it rather difficult to believe that Molyneaux polled the entire membership to determine what they “all” wanted. I bet he didn’t even ask the victims and their families what they wanted.  Can you imagine any of the women Dustin Boles sexually abused, when asked what they wanted the church to do, replying with “I want this church to take it to the next level because we owe it to Dustin?” Clearly not.

 

 

It should be noted that elder Doug Molyneaux’s wife, Angie, is the Financial Administrator for Mosaic Church. Molyneauxs have been involved with Mosaic Church since its early days and undoubtedly have invested much, both financially and emotionally. The fact that Angie Molyneaux also derives a paycheck from the church creates an additional incentive for the Molyneauxs to keep the “business” of Mosaic Church afloat.2016-09-16-molyneaux-elder-and-wife-does-the-books

Church leadership wasted no time in moving to find a new, charismatic lead pastor.  It is crucial to have as little “down time” as possible.  One “amazing” preacher must be replaced by another “amazing” preacher quickly, otherwise, the church will start to bleed members. A church bleeding members is a church with a shrinking income.  Mosaic Church is scheduled to move into a beautiful, new building in October.  Undoubtedly the leaders are very nervous about the loss of “giving units.” Therefore, prior to even advising the membership that lead pastor Dustin Boles had resigned, they had already hired a company to find a new man-o-gawd; a man who had the call of God on his life to pastor Mosaic Church.  One wonders what kind of church polity exists at Mosaic Church, but it’s clear that members have no input.  Boles actions and the action of the elders clearly paint a picture of a leadership that is accountable to no one.

This is not novel. I attended three churches that operated in similar fashion. Members are not to question those in authority, just dig deep when the offering plate is passed.  Members bold enough, or stupid enough to raise questions are quickly tagged as divisive and will never obtain the inner circle of “servant leadership.” Paint me as one of those divisive individuals; I am a slow learner – I questioned pastors at all three churches. Reactions were all pretty much the same – icy stares followed by shunning.

It’s a funny thing to see how God moves these days. We may have to do away with the doctrine of God’s immutability as he appears to be somewhat emasculated. In less technological days God could be counted on to answer prayer and provide a preacher for a church.  These days He seemingly has to rely on businesses such as “Slingshot” who make a handsome profit matching preachers with churches. It’s not unlike a Christian dating service, or perhaps a better example would be the Ashley Madison “dating” service.

So, two weeks after the resignation of Dustin Boles, Todd Clark of Slingshot rides into town to take stock of the Mosaic Church.

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Clark, after spending a few days at Mosaic Church, admits most of the members probably didn’t even know he was there, but he knows they are incredible and amazing, he was honored to be with them and he loves them all. Can you really “love” someone you do not even know? Perhaps Clark “loves” them because they are unknowingly paying his salary?  Finally, in a statement which sounded eerily familiar to what mega-church pastor wannabe, Davey Blackburn frequently states,  Clark said that he believes “the best is yet to come” at Mosaic church.  Clark went on to say that he has been in touch with “dozens and dozens and dozens and dozens of interested lead pastor candidates.” (By my math that is at least 96 pastors.)  Clark will soon narrow the field down to 5 or 6 top candidates and present those portfolios to Mosaic leadership who will then discern who God has called to lead Mosaic church.

Oooh, this is so exciting.  It reminds me of the NFL draft day!

Clever manipulation and shallow Christianity is on display, but that is standard fare for American Evangelicalism today. As one of my Twitter friends stated: “This is why I don’t identify as an evangelical. A racket at the top, rotten in the middle, a swamp at the bottom.”

 

Left unsaid is just how much the “finder’s fee” will cost the faithful, but hey, if you wanna play, you gotta pay! Inquisitive Mosaic members may wish to pose that question at a future members meeting. (They do have those, don’t they?) You can bet it’s not cheap. Slingshot has dozens and dozens and dozens and dozens of employees. Todd Clark is one of the senior men in the company and recently quit a job as pastor of a group of churches in a Phoenix suburb with 20,000 members. I do not know what his salary was, but I would guess it was significant. Clark has moved to Huntington Beach, CA. where it appears the majority of his income will be from Slingshot.  The cost of living is significantly higher in California than Arizona, you can bet his income is also higher.

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Judging by the churches who have enlisted the help of the Slingshot company, you are living in rarified air if you can afford their services.  Notice Willow Creek is one of Slingshot’s customers!  Just more reason to stress the importance of Mosaic Church leaders “keeping the church on task.” (Translation: keep the giving units tithing!)

 

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Here is the job description for Mosaic Church.  As mentioned earlier, according to Todd Clark, there are roughly 96 individuals who are feeling, to one degree or another, the calling of God to apply for the position.

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Well, it looks like Mosaic Church is in a good position to take their church to “a whole nutha level.”

I wonder what the victims think of all this?

“Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  (Proverbs 31:8-9)

I wonder what God thinks?

I wonder when Christians attending corporate churches across the nation will wake up?

 

“Standing By” -Stefan Van Voorst

 

Additional Information:

Audio of Mosaic church publicly addressing the resignation of Dustin Boles in the worship service July 10, 2016.

Kevin DeYoung’s Gorbachevian Perestruvka Will Fail, Axe to the Root, September 11, 2016

Bully in the Pulpit, Mortification of Spin podcast.

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Former Mosaic attender

As a person who previous attended Mosaic I can attest to many of the comments. As for Doug Molyneaux…he’s an egotistical, power hungry overlord. I also attended another church (now defunct) where he was also an elder. He is drunk on power. And as you mentioned, his wife is the financial administrator of Mosaic. He makes the financial decisions and she manages the church coffers. Do you see conflict of interest and a high potential for impropriety? I don’t know any other business that would allow a husband and wife to have their co-joined hands in the cookie jar.

Excellent points!

A. Amos Love

Todd

Here is a look at just three **qualifications** for elder/overseer from Titus. Seems, most who call themselves “pastor/elder” tend to “Ignore,” or “Twist,” these qualifications so they can maintain their “Titles,” pastor/leader/reverend, that comes with Power, Profit, Prestige.

1 – For a bishop (overseer) “Must Be” *Blameless.*
2 – Just. 3 – Holy.

Titus 1:5-8 KJV
5 …ordain elders in every city…
6 If any be *blameless,* the husband of one wife,
having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
7 For a bishop “must be” *blameless,* as the steward of God; not self willed,
not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
8 a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, *just,* *holy,* temperate;

1 – *Must Be*
Strongs #1163, die. – It is necessary (as binding).
Thayer’s – necessity established by the counsel and decree of God.
This *must be* is the same Greek word. – You *must be* born again. Jn 3:7
Seems to be a small word but very important. Yes?

1 – Blameless
Strongs #410 anegkletos – unaccused, irreproachable, blameless.
Thayers – cannot be called into account, unreproveable, unaccused.
Dictionary – Without fault, innocent, guiltless, not meriting censure.

2 – Just
Strongs #1342 – dikaios {dik’-ah-yos} from 1349;
Thayers – righteous, observing divine laws, innocent, faultless, guiltless.

3 – Holy
Strongs #3741 – hosios {hos’-ee-os}
Thayers – undefiled by sin, free from wickedness,
religiously observing every moral obligation.

Now that’s three tough qualifications for elder/overseers. Yes?

How many pastor/elder/overseers today, who honestly examine themselves, seriously considering these three qualifications, can see themselves as Blameless, Just and Holy, innocent, without fault, above reproach, undefiled by sin, and thus qualify to be an pastor/leader/overseer? And, if they can see themself as *blameless?* Is that pride? And no longer without fault? 😉

If WE, His Ekklesia, His Church, His Sheep, His Kings and Priests, His Body…
Take seriously the many tough Qualifications in 1 Tim 3:1-6, and Titus 1:5-9…

The number of Biblically Qualified – pastor/leader/reverends – is quite small. 😉

But, will these UN-qualified, pastor/leader/reverends, “Remove Themselves?”
And be a good example to the flock?

Ps 138:6
Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly:
but the proud he knoweth afar off.

Ps 40:4
Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust,
and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

A. Amos Love

Todd

And really, these 501 c 3, IRS Corporations… Mosaic Church…
Do NOT really care about the Qualifications for elder/overseer,
in “1 Timothy 3:1-11; Titus 1:6-9.”

Until the junk hits the fan.

They just say they do.
They say one thing and do another. 🙂

I’ve had comments deleted when I list these tough Qualifications.
I’ve been banned from blogs because I listed these tough qualifications…
And asked if your elder/overseers meet these qualifications… 🙁

They make all kinds of excuses, twists and turns.

But, Most pastor/elder/overseers, know they do NOT meet these qualifications…
They just refuse to admit it. 😉

A. Amos Love

Hi Todd

Nice talking to you in the moment. 🙂

A. Amos Love

Todd
I always have a little laugh when I see Qualifications listed by a 501 c3, for a “Title/Position” that does NOT exist in the Bible, for one of His Disciples.

Especially after Mosaic says, one of their “four core values…” is…
“Truth – The Bible is our standard for truth.” 🙂

Qualifications:
1 – • A humble servant leader
who exhibits the qualities identified
in 1 Timothy 3:1-11; Titus 1:6-9; and 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5.

2 – • Must be a dynamic communicator
with the ability to connect with all generations.

3 – • Have a passion for preaching
the authoritative Word of God
as revealed in the Old and New Testaments
in a practical and relevant way.
———–

1 – A humble servant leader???
But, but, but… “servant-leader” is NOT even mentioned in the Bible.
So much for Mosaic’s core value, “The Bible is our standard for truth.”
They just ADD stuff to the Bible like “Lead Pastor” and “servant-leader.”

And Humble??? = having a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.

Has anyone ever met a “Lead Pastor” who is “Humble?”
“Having a modest or low estimate of their own importance?”

What’s the chances of Mosaic hiring a “Lead Pastor?”
Who has “a modest or low estimate of their own importance?”
When their next qualification for “Lead Pastor” is they…

Must be a dynamic communicator…
With the ability to connect with all generations.

Would someone who is “Humble” admit to that?

I can just hear the potential “Humble” candidate for “Lead Pastor.”
————–

“Dear Sirs,
I’m applying for this position of “Lead Pastor” because I meet all your Qualifications.
I am “Humble,” I am a “Leader,” and I am a “Dynamic Communicator.”
I also have the ability “to connect with ALL generations.”

And I know, from my experience…
If I do NOT meet ALL the very tough Qualifications in…
“1 Timothy 3:1-11; Titus 1:6-9.” as you request. And they are tough.
As long as I am a “Dynamic Communicator”…
As long as I have the ability “to connect with ALL generations”…
As long as many people come to hear my Dynamic sermons…
As long as people can be programmed to sit in the pew and…
Pray, Pay, Stay, and Obey…

You will “Ignore” and “Twist” the the tough Qualifications in…
“1 Timothy 3:1-11; Titus 1:6-9.” So I can remain and keep the money flowing.

And, You will probably forgive me if I do NOT “Remain Humble.”
And begin to think, I’m a Great Leader. Which is what you really want.
Thank-you for your consideration.”
————–

Lydia

These guys are big into “leveraging”. :o)

Everyone is “amazing” and/or “awesome”.

If they really understood, they would know Mosaic “DNA” matches Dustin Boles. But that is really a good thing to them because he was really “amazing” except for that little perversion problem.

This post helps to outline just how and why the most shallow and authoritarian are attracted to ministry.

I look at this entire scenario with a mixture of sadness and disgust. Yes, the leaders should be held accountable but it’s also a statement of the state of the average “church attender” who simply wants to be entertained and have their ears tickled as long as they pay their country club dues (10%).

I don’t know if you noticed on the qualifications for pastor but the “preferred” degree for the pastor is a Masters of Divinity. They wouldn’t dare want to have one of those Masters of Theology types who might actually want their practices and messages to be of sound doctrine.

Max

“… organized religion is a business …”

No doubt about it. You have painted another portrait of efforts to sell Jesus by merchandising the gospel, which is not the Gospel at all. Christianity Lite on display once again. Finders fee, pay to play – it all sounds so holy, doesn’t it?

What saith Scripture?

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, and you who have no money, come buy and eat.” (Isaiah 55:1)

“What then is my reward? That, when I preach the Gospel, I may offer the Gospel without charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the Gospel.” (1 Corinthians 9:18)

“And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, ant the money-changers seated. And He made a scourge of cords and drove them out of the temple … and He poured out their coins … and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said ‘Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a house of merchandise.” (John 2:14-16)

Taking Mosaic to the “next level” may not be what church elders and their head-hunting firm have in mind!

Lea

> One wonders what kind of church polity exists at Mosaic Church, but it’s clear that members have no input.

Elder led, sounds like, since they started this ‘sermon’ talking about how democracy is anti-biblical because it’s divisive.

I guess that was before they talked about all that information about, you know, what actually happened and victims, is ‘noise’ that those precious elders and ‘leaders’ have to ignore.