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.