Once upon a time, ministry was considered the exclusive domain of clergy and church staff. At the encouragement of diocesan leadership, St. Mark's has adopted a different paradigm: Shared Ministry.
Shared Ministry is a way of enabling the ministry of all the baptized. It is based in our theology of Baptism, where we affirm that each baptized Christian is called to use their God-given gifts for ministry. A team of leaders is called within a congregation or cluster to work together; such a team is called a ministry support team, indicating that these leaders seek to involve as many members of the congregation as possible in various forms of ministry. Shared Ministry is also called Collaborative Ministry, Team Ministry, Team Ministry, or Mutual Ministry.
The following ministry teams are active in the life of St. Mark's:
- Building & Grounds
- In-reach (Congregational Care)
- Stewardship / Finance
- and more
By occasion, St. Mark's will call Task Forces which are charged with defined tasks.