ALL IN 2021
Click below to fill out the quick form to partner with St. Mark Ministries in 2021.
ALL IN 2021 Frequently Asked Questions
A: Just let us know and, though we’ll be sad to see you go, we’ll gladly bless you. We hope however, that you will not have made such a decision lightly, but rather, with much prayer, thought, and godly counsel from your church community. In a day and age where the local church is treated more like a local Starbucks than a family – “Don’t worry, there’ll be one where I’m moving” – we’re asking partners to be countercultural by taking Jesus’ description of the church as a family seriously. Doctrine mattered to Jesus; it needs to matter to us. If you do end up moving, our hope is that you will become a partner of another Jesus-loving, Gospel-centered, Bible-teaching church in your new city! Call us, we would love to help you find one.
A: We will ask all partners to renew their St. Mark partnership commitment annually.
A: As a self-declared member of our faith family, other members have a responsibility to care for you, encourage you, and do all that they can to help you become who God has called you to be, as well as vice versa. In addition, there are certain privileges granted specifically to partners, such as priority in counseling and visitation, leadership opportunities, wedding officiation by church pastors, certain service positions and access to our limited benevolence funds.
A: We require partnership for all leadership positions and many service positions. Some service positions may not require partnership; contact our office for details.
A: Of course, you are still welcome at St. Mark! We will not, and cannot, force anyone to become a partner. All we can do is present our reasons for partnership and encourage every follower of Jesus to gladly embrace becoming an active partner in St. Mark ministries.
A: No way! Church partnership is for all people who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, whether you just recently became a Christian or if you’ve been walking with Jesus your entire life.
A: Yes. We will have set times every month (e.g. third Saturday of the month) when we will hold a Partnership Class (Starting Point) and give people the opportunity to become partners.
A: We encourage both husband and wife to join together but if your spouse is not interested in partnership at St. Mark, we would encourage you to be active in yours!
A: We will handle these situations on a case-by-case basis. While we desire that anyone who wants to become a partner at St. Mark will be able to, we also want to take into account the decisions of other churches. Talk to a pastor about your specific circumstances.
A: You are still welcome at St. Mark! We will not force anyone to continue to be a partner. People who had in the past been on our membership list but did not renew their partnership for whatever reason, will be considered evangelism prospects. We will attempt to contact them and present our reasons for partnership and encourage them to become active partners in St. Mark Ministries.
A: We’re excited you’re here at St. Mark! However, church partnership is specifically for those who trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior and are committed to his inerrant Word. So, for now let’s wait. Take your time to ask questions, get connected in our faith community and continue to explore the amazing claims of Jesus Christ. As the Holy Spirit continues to work on your heart with his Word, we can revisit partnership.
The Connect Card takes less than a minute of your time. It helps us know how to better serve you. Take that next step and see how God responds!
Our Next Steps Coordinator, Sarah Hermann will then follow up with you. Or email her directly at [email protected]