Some of you may be asking, “What is NLI?” NLI, short for Next Level Innovations, is a multi-year, 3 phase journey covered in prayer and focused on moving a church from Good to GREAT. St. Mark’s UMC has been chosen by the District to participate in NLI because of our health, coachable leadership, and desire to build on what God is doing. This is a process of self-reflection that culminates in a weekend where an outside group of clergy and laity meets with the church to listen and understand St. Mark’s and review our self-study in order to make recommendations that will help us build on what God is doing here.

Breakthrough Prayer
We hope you will join us for our NLI Breakthrough Prayer at 10:10 (am or pm) each day. This time is selected from John 10:10, which states, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

NLI WEEKEND  October 18-20

Saturday, October 19: Church-Wide Retreat  9:00 am-3:30 pm
We’d love for all St. Mark’s participants to join us as we learn about our church and become better equipped to engage with our community. We’ll interact together in a large group and with small group discussion times. Snacks, lunch & free childcare are provided. Please RSVP HERE by October 1.

Sunday, October 20: One Worship Time + Lunch  10 am-12:30 pm
We’ll have a combined worship service where the recommended innovations will be presented; lunch will follow.


Sunday, November 10  12:15 pm

Monday, November 11  6:30 pm
All are welcome to come share opinions on the recommended innovations.


Sunday, November 24  12:15 pm
All St. Mark’s members in attendance will vote to support or reject the recommended innovations.

Who’s on the NLI Team?

Each month, we are sending out an email with updates on this process. Email Hannah if you’d like to receive this email.

Stay tuned for further updates and ways to support this effort, and don’t forget: pray & pray some more! As always, we are grateful to our faithful St. Mark’s family as we work together to fulfill God’s dreams for the church, community and world.