Disruptive Innovation

We invite you to join one of United’s emerging Houses of Study. As Houses are developed and sufficient enrollment is reached, we will launch the new House of Study. This is a great opportunity to be a part of something new. Learn more about how United’s developing Houses of Study can equip you for ministry as you learn from an expert in the field.

If you are considering one of United’s Houses of Study, you may be eligible for the new House of Study Scholarship!

Houses of Study at United equip students for service in the communities, movements and denominations where they serve. Houses support students in several ways: through academic tracks in United’s Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Ministries and Master of Ministry degree programs; through mutual support in formation groups; and through mentorship from facilitators and spiritual directors in United’s Contextual Ministries program. Houses may also include related non-degree certificates and groups in United’s Doctor of Ministry program. Within a House of Study, you will find support from a House of Study director and fellowship among your peers. In most cases, the House of Study Director mentors the DMin focus group and may teach specialized elective courses in the Master’s tracks, enabling you to learn from an expert in the field.

Mosaix House of Study

The Mosaix House of Study, in partnership with the Mosaix Global Network, provides personal, specialized and contextual training for experienced ministry leaders seeking to better understand, establish and proliferate disruptive church technology — that is, the why, how and what of building healthy multiethnic, economically diverse, culturally intelligent, socially just, and financially sustainable churches in the 21st century.

An increasingly diverse, painfully polarized, and cynical society is no longer finding credible the message of God’s love for all people as proclaimed from segregated pulpits and pews. Moreover, the community rightly wonders why a church will send its people and resources across an ocean but not across the street. To effectively engage a rapidly changing society, pastors today need to develop cross-cultural intelligence. To not only survive but thrive in the future, local churches will need to get beyond sole dependence on tithes and offerings by leveraging assets to generate sustainable income.

If these realities reflect your own understanding and/or experience, you’ve found your people: the Mosaix House of Study is for you.


Disrupters see what lies ahead, long before others have even arrived at the intersection of present and future. They define, refine, and ultimately create new realities by changing the way people see things, think about things, and get things done. Once disrupters gain momentum, they do more than simply describe the future: they establish it. They frame the questions, shape the narrative, and influence the conversation. In so doing, they challenge what is and inspire what is yet to come.

5 Signs You’re a Disrupter
Adapted from Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community
Mark DeYmaz (Thomas Nelson, 2017)

  1. You’ve been called “a maverick” by someone to whom you report.
  2. You’ve been fired from a job not because of poor performance but because your drive, innovation, and personality threatened an established leader.
  3. You’ve not been promoted to higher positions of leadership or asked to join governing organizational bodies under whom you’ve served faithfully, responsibly, and effectively, and the reason given does not make sense; that is, it’s spin and everyone knows it.
  4. You are not afraid to respectfully question or challenge the thinking of those in authority over you in the presence of others.
  5. You’ve barely begun to implement change, and someone to whom you report suggests you need to slow things down.

5 Signs Suggesting a Church Is Ripe for Disruption
Adapted from Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community
Mark DeYmaz (Thomas Nelson, 2017)

  1. A disconnect exists between past and present effectiveness as evidenced by members more prone to speak of the church’s historical contributions than its future potential.
  2. A considerable drop in attendance has led to a loss of stability, capacity, and direction in a congregation once known for its size and significance.
  3. A senior leader (or leaders) with a large salary and benefit package has been employed for many years without any substantive change in role, responsibilities, or results.
  4. A high-level manager views a particular lay or paid leader, one serving beneath them, as more of a personal threat than a blessing to the church.
  5. A senior pastor is prone to make excuses or to blame others for personal shortcomings or lack of success within the church rather than accept constructive criticism meant to help him or her.

Students in the Mosaix House of Study will be equipped theologically, relationally, contextually, and practically to articulate and implement a proven, credible, and effective model of local church growth and development, designed for 21st century mission advance.

Programs of study have been developed and are taught by current local church practitioners widely credited and nationally recognized for their entrepreneurial innovation and leadership in the American Church.

Learn about the House of Study Scholarship

Mosaix House of Study Leadership

Dr. Mark DeYmaz (President & CEO, Mosaix Global Network)
A thought-leading writer and recognized champion of the Multiethnic Church Movement, Mark planted the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas in 2001 where he continues to serve as Directional Leader. In 2004, he co-founded the Mosaix Global Network, with Dr. George Yancey, and today continues to serve as its president, CEO, and convener of the triennial National Multi-ethnic Church Conference. In 2008, he launched Vine and Village and remains active on the board of this 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on the spiritual, social and financial transformation of Little Rock’s University District.

He is the author of seven books, including Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church (Jossey-Bass, 2007), Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community (Thomas Nelson, 2017), and The Coming Revolution in Church Economics (Baker Books, 2019). Mark lives in Little Rock, AR, with his wife of 33 years, Linda. Together they have four adult children and four grandchildren.

Rev. Chip Freed (Director)
Currently the lead pastor at Garfield Memorial UMC (Cleveland, OH), Chip previously served Montgomery UMC (Belle Mead, NJ) and Asbury UMC (Elyria, OH), and as a District Superintendent in Mansfield, OH. Today, Garfield is one of the most multiethnic, economically diverse churches in the Midwest, as not one ethnic group constitutes more than 52 percent of the congregation. Under Chip’s leadership, the church has grown from 340 to 1,300 members, averaging (pre-COVID) 600 in worship and 150 children. In 2013, a second campus was launched in Cleveland (South Euclid), and later a third in Liberia, Africa. Chip is married to his best friend and ministry partner, Terri; together they have three adult children.

Doctor of Ministry Focus Group

Disruptive Church Leadership

Now accepting applications for January 2022

This first of its kind cohort equips ministry leaders with operational aptitude for addressing two of the three most critical concerns of our time impacting local church planting, growth, and development today in the US: namely, equitable inclusion and economic sustainability. United’s Doctor of Ministry (DMin.) program is a professional degree for religious leaders ready to expand the area of ministry to which they are called. In the Disruptive Church Leadership focus group, join a cohort of your peers to learn from mentor Mark DeYmaz and graduate assistant Chip Freed. United’s mentor-based DMin. program provides feedback, academic guidance, and ministry support as you develop an original research project for your unique ministry context.

Learn More about United’s DMin

Mentor: Rev. Dr. Mark DeYmaz
Graduate Assistant: Rev. Chip Freed

Master of Divinity Track

Multiethnic Church Development

The Multiethnic Church Development track equips ministry leaders (in United’s Master of Divinity program) to effectively engage an increasingly diverse society by establishing redemptive and equitable systems of spiritual, social, and financial innovation via the local church.

In addition to United’s core courses in Bible, History and Theology, Practical Theology, and Contextual Ministry, the MDiv track in Multiethnic Church Development will include some or all of the following specialized courses:

Building and Leading Healthy Multiethnic Churches**
This course explores the biblical (New Testament) mandate for multiethnic churches with an emphasis on exegesis to articulate a theology with others in mind. More practically, students will discuss core commitments and common challenges of building a healthy multiethnic church, and how to overcome obstacles in pursuit of the dream.

Cultural Intelligence (CQ®)
This course equips students to effectively navigate an increasingly diverse and global society, ministry leaders must learn to relate authentically and intelligently with people of varying ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Students will be assessed and taught to understand the dynamics of their own personal CQ, and (should they so choose) be certified to bring CQ assessment and training to others in professional or organizational contexts.

Disruptive Innovations and the Local Church
This course examines holistic and credible models for community engagement and transformation via the local church and equips students to articulate and replicate it within their ministry contexts.

Church Economics: Beyond Tithes and Offerings
This course teaches the why, how, and what of leveraging church assets to bless the community and generate sustainable income. Tithes and offerings alone are no longer enough to advance or sustain long-term ministry impact via the local church. Theology, sociology, and practical directives will form the basis of the discussion.


* The establishment and maintenance of Houses of Study at United Theological Seminary are dependent on sufficient enrollment.

** A healthy multiethnic church is one in which people of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds will themselves to walk, work, and worship God together as one to advance a credible witness of God’s love for all people; recognize, renew, reconcile, and redeem broken relationships, both interpersonal and collective; establish equitable systems of responsible authority, leadership, governance, and accountability within the congregation; advocate and advance justice, mercy, and compassionate work in the community; embrace the tension of sound theological reflection and applicational relevance in an increasingly complex and intersectional society for the sake of the Gospel.

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