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.”


On Sunday, November 24, there were 185 people in attendance with 175 who were eligible to vote as professing members of our church. The NLI Innovations motion passed with 82% voting in affirmation to move forward. Thank you for the ways in which you as a church have engaged so fully in this discernment process these last 18 months. You have prayed, participated in learning sessions and retreats, attended and communicated fully in Town Halls, and shown up to bring your voice and vote. This has been an excellent example of how Christian community can embrace God’s plans for the future with grace and truth-filled presence and love.

If you would like to join a task force, click here!

Who’s on the NLI Team?


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.