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The Five Marks of Mission

The Mission of the Church is the Mission of God

The Five Marks of Mission in Action at Saint Mark's

1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

We proclaim the Good news by living out our baptismal covenant—with authenticity, vulnerability and openness.
We proclaim by remembering the Good News—
The God of the Universe cares and loves us completely.
The God of love, through His son Jesus Christ, meets us where we are with forgiveness, compassion and companionship.
We are all uniquely gifted and have a place in Gods kingdom.
The Spirit of God speaks gently to our hearts and through others.
We proclaim the Good News through transparency—that although we have doubts, pain, struggles and grief—God is alive, God has not forgotten us and God is with us.
We proclaim the Good News by inviting others to join us—there is always room at the table.

2. To teach, baptize and nurture new believers

We believe and practice radical hospitality, wherever you are on your faith journey, we welcome you.
We engage seekers, encourage doubters and welcome all.
We provide a gentle space for new believers to learn together, participate in the sacraments, including baptism, and be nurtured.
We welcome mindful discussions, we provide seasoned teachers and we encourage spiritual development and growth.
We recognize that we are a part of the body of Christ and encourage development of our Spiritual gifts. We all contribute to the health and growth of the body uniquely and equally.
We provide opportunities for discipleship—You are not alone and we desire to come alongside you in your journey.
We offer opportunities for faith formation in a variety of ways including classes, small groups, film and service opportunities.

3. To respond to human need by loving service

We seek to have the heart and mind of Christ—that although he was the Son of the Most High God, he emptied himself to be a sacrifice, to serve with humility those in need.
We live in a spirit of thanksgiving for what God has done for us and overflow with love for others in need—
We do not consider ourselves above those we serve, remembering that by serving others, we serve Christ.
We bond with each other as we serve others in tangible ways including feeding and fellowship, being fully present with those in need, sick or grieving and provide a listening ear for those who need to be heard and seen.

4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation

The Spirit of our Loving God empowers us to speak our truth,
We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us
to stand against injustice, intolerance and hatred,
to join with those who cry for peace and decry violence,
and to carry out the reconciling mission of God.
Christ empowers us to mend the broken, to bind the wounds, to be the light of peace in a dark world and to show the way to reconciliation and peace with God and each other.

5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

“Yahweh” is the name of God meaning creator and sustainer. It is in God’s nature to create, to bring new life and rebirth.
God placed us as stewards of His creation, to tread lightly, to consume sparingly and to understand that we are all equals before God—from those blessed with wealth, to those who must walk miles to get clean water.
Our Lord reveals Himself beautifully in creation and inspires us in myriad ways including majestic forests and mountain tops, ever flowing oceans and rivers to calm our worries and anxious minds with and sunsets without fail to remind us that there is always light and life after darkness.
We commit to continue in the footsteps of those who have gone before us, particularly our Native American brothers and sisters, to be good stewards of this land, to waste nothing and to leave our earthly home well tended for our children and our children’s children.
We recognize that we do not own the Land, but it is God’s to be shared with the rest of His creation. We seek to live this truth every day and by example, to show the way to others.

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