About St. Mark's
St. Mark’s is a Lutheran congregation affiliated with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, or LCMC. Our Lutheran history and heritage go back more than 125 years to 1886, when the congregation was founded. Our source for all teaching is the Bible, the inspired Word of God.
Although we are a relatively large congregation with approximately 2000 partners (our name for members), we strive to maintain the close feeling of a smaller congregation by encouraging everyone to participate in a small group. We are a welcoming congregation with three different worship styles, but one message: Jesus Christ crucified.
To share God's love, welcome others into his church, and grow to become like Jesus.
Our Core Values
Worship is an inspirational, relevant, Christ-centered experience.
Service is discovering and using our spiritual gifts to serve others.
Evangelism is sharing Christ's love and telling God's story to those seeking answers to questions of faith and life.
Fellowship is building relationships that strengthen, support, and encourage through life experiences.
Discipleship is spiritual growth through study, Bible reading, reflection, and prayer both personally and in community.
Stewardship is generously sharing our resources which God has entrusted to us in order to bring glory to God and further his kingdom.
Our Guiding Principles
- Keep the main thing the main thing. St. Mark's exists to bring glory to God in all that we do. Jesus is first in our relationships, our programs, our worship, and all else is secondary to his Lordship (1 Corinthians 8:6; Philippians 2:10-11). We express this through our thoughts, words, and actions.
- Lost people matter to God and to us. God has put us on the earth to search and seek out the lost (Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-16). For this reason we seek to reach out to the world around us and share the love of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20) We are a friendly, inviting community, where seekers can ask questions and develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Our community of faith is Bible-based and prayer-focused. St. Mark's bases its teachings, vision, and future on the inspired Word of God. The Bible and prayer are a part of every program, study, and worship experience (Romans 10:17), as we gather in the name of Jesus.
- We don't confuse method with the message. We are a center of faith and life, connecting people to Jesus Christ through creative, relevant ministry. While the message of Jesus Christ remains unchanged (Hebrews 13:8), the method in which it is communicated will change to be relevant and effective. In our worship and in our ministry, we remain open to new waves of innovation sent to the church by the Holy Spirit (Psalms 146-150).
- Following Jesus is a growing experience. We are a nurturing community where people grow closer to Christ and to each other. (Acts 2:1-42). This happens best in small groups where we find love, acceptance, forgiveness, hope, and encouragement. Jesus calls us to be a church which produces disciples who follow him and live a life which reflects the love of Christ in their hearts (Galatians 5:22). This kind of growth takes time, and never ends.
- No one is left on the sidelines. Each of us has been given gifts by the Holy Spirit for the advancement of God's kingdom (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). Every member has a ministry, to build up our congregation, and a mission, to reach out to our community - a community that is around the corner, and around the world.
- We are one body, united in Christ. We are all unique and yet joined together by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:4). We resolve conflict according to the teaching of Jesus (Matthew 18:15-17) and seek to build each other up in love. We focus on our future in Christ, healthy and growing to full maturity in truth and love.
- God loves a cheerful servant. God desires his children to serve others with joy in our hearts (Philippians 4:4-7). When service includes joy, the fruit of the Spirit is seen in our lives (Galatians 5:22). Without it, our journey is not as fulfilling and lacks the contagious vitality that would attract people to Jesus.
- God calls us to excellence, not perfection. We are never complacent about the quality of our ministry or mission, and strive for the ideal. (Philippians 4:8-9) At the same time, we are content with the reality of being human and incapable of perfection. Maturity is dealing with the tension between the two.
The Lighthouse Covenant
(as adopted by St. Mark's Church Council in 2011)
- We covenant to teach a high view of Scripture. We trust the Bible as the only final authority for all aspects of life.
- We affirm and aggressive, positive stance on kingdom expansion and congregational growth.
- We choose to advance the use of all spiritual gifts through unleashing the priesthood of all believers.
- We teach and practice that a full sexual relationship belongs exclusively within the biblical boundaries of a publicly committed marriage between one man and one woman.
- We believe that mission and minstry is best accomplished within the context of congregations. Facilitating that mission and ministry should be the central focus of all expressions of the church.