The historical perspective outlined below was written by Rev.
Lawrence A. Hinshaw.
Societal culture when Methodism emerged
Methodism was born in the 18th century which was a harsh and
undisciplined era. And, it brought to that time a sense of
God’s love and presence and a well-spring of hope. At
that time the rich were very rich and the poor were very
poor. It was widely thought that the wealth of the few
was predicated upon the continuing pool of poverty. Anyone
tampering with that pool naturally offended the landed gentry and
royalty. As you would expect there were differences between
Methodist practice and the moneyed class from the very beginning.
The St. Mark’s facilities and grounds are available for use
by non-profit and community-based organizations, and to
a limited extent by some for-profit
groups. Meeting space and rooms for groups
from 10 to 200 people are available.
The St. Mark’s staff attends to the operational functions of
running the church as a viable community resource and a
faith-based social enterprise. This team is called upon to apply
ministerial priorities, industry standards and best
practices to the business and operational needs of the church.
The Staff-Parish Relations Committee serves in a governance
capacity to integrate staff and congregational focus on the
mission of the church. The pastor provides day to day managerial
and leadership oversight for the St. Mark’s staff team.
The St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Action Team empowers
individuals in the community to live out the Christian faith
through good works. The objective is to help eliminate
homelessness, hunger, lack of medical care, chronic unemployment,
lack of education, environmental harm, war and all forms of
discrimination and injustices.