Strategic Planning: 2017 Mission Priorities at St Mark Lutheran Church

Over the course of the past year, the congregation of St Mark Lutheran Church in Hamilton embarked on a strategic planning process to focus on our mission and stewardship. We developed a plan to effectively and fiscally responsibly carry out our mission that focused on outreach to the community in addition to the major areas of our mission statement: worship, nurture, and service. We are proud to present the work of this project, which lays out ambitious outreach and ministry goals for the coming year.



Demographic Assessment – Engage in regular neighborhood prayer walks and one-to-one meetings with community leaders. Host community forums and undertake regular demographic studies of community.

Visibility and Partnerships – Refresh corporate branding, strengthen online presence, embrace community specific ministry, and participate in community events.

Community Prayer – Engage in community specific prayer, identifying specific groups in community to partner with and pray for. Provide training in prayer and evangelism.

Budget for Outreach                           $11,000








Traditional Sunday Worship – Continue celebrating an authentic Lutheran witness through our worship tradition on Sunday mornings.

Mid-week Worship – Offer alternative opportunities for people to gather for worship during the week.

Alternative Worship Services – Explore contemporary and alternative styles of worship, including volunteer musicians and alternative locations, that are mindful of the context of our community.

Budget for Worship           $128,947





Bible Study – Spend time in God’s Word together, offering comprehensive study of scripture. Explore ways in which our own stories intersect with the stories of the Bible.

Fellowship Events – Foster community and a sense of belonging through fellowship events.

Visitation – Connect individuals outside of the building to the community through visitation ministry.

Education – Offer comprehensive faith formation for all ages. Pass on faith to the next generation.

Budget for Nurture           $28,677



Community Garden – Grow in community, care of creation and service through our Advent Community Garden.

Homeless Ministry – Partner with agencies such as HomeFront to serve the homeless population of Mercer County.

Community Specific Ministry – Partner with local organizations and other congregations in serving the community.

Benevolence – Participate in ELCA Global Mission through generous giving.

Budget for Service             $52,530




A family of faith, rooted in Word and Sacrament, proclaiming the redeeming love of Jesus Christ through worship, nurture, and service.


The priorities of our Strategic Planning Process at St Mark show all of the wonderful work that is made possible through the ministry of this congregation. The work that we do is crucial. It is transformational and life-giving. Your time, talents, and financial contributions are necessary for the fulfillment of our mission. We all share the responsibility to carry out this work. To help fulfill our mission, we invite and encourage YOU to participate on one of our ministry teams!


Pray regularly for the work and mission of the Church and our leaders.


Support the mission of the congregation
through regular giving and special contributions.


Join a ministry team and bring your own ideas and passions for ministry.


Reach out to others to share why your faith and participation in the Body of Christ matters,
and encourage others to be part of the work we share.

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