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Madison, WI 53715

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Madison, WI

A Church in Renewal

What does it mean for St. Mark’s to be a renewing church? It means that St. Mark’s had to at least ask the question, were they a dying church? They did not feel like a dying church but there were concerns that the congregation was getting smaller and there were concerns that they could not afford their mission. There was anxiety and worry. There was spiritual wandering as the congregation reflected on their history and what had happened to them as a congregation. They did an excellent job of not fighting or pointing fingers. At some point, not unlike the disciples after the Resurrection, they found their strength. They remembered that Jesus had given them a ministry.

In the first stage of renewal the congregation agreed to move in a new direction. The pastor would retire and there would be a new part-time pastor with goals to reconnect with the neighborhood and explore the needs of the surrounding area.

The church revisited their mission statement. The mission statement describes who they are and can be abbreviated to “reaching out with God’s unconditional love”. This is embodied in:
- Worship that includes everyone regardless of how ones dresses, income level, sexual identity, ability or status in the community. We do well with children on the autism spectrum!
- A Communion table open to all with gluten free and non-alcoholic options.
- A food pantry open on Tuesday and Thursday.
- A Friday Meal where some people come for economic reasons and others come to say hello to friends or be a part of a community.

St. Mark’s is at the place where we can feel God’s guiding spirit leading us into a new future. “Behold” says our God, “I make all things new”. We are committed to growing our spiritual lives, continually asking, “what does it mean to follow in Jesus’ footsteps?” We are committed to strengthening the relationships within the community and developing new relationships with our friends who come to eat and stay for worship. We are grateful to discover the joy in being renewed.