Fridays at 7:30 PM 

Opening our doors in January 1999, The Rock is a church for people seeking an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. Our hope and prayer is that the next generation would know the real God, grow real faith, and take real action in their lives. 

Before You Visit

The Rock is located in south Minneapolis, on the corner of 55th and Chicago at 5501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Get driving directions by Google Maps.

We are a non-denominational Christian church with five locations in the Twin Cities. We are one church with many locations. Learn more about our other locations here.

Childcare is offered for newborn through 7th grade. Learn more about our children's programs.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions

Get weekly info and updates by signing up for the Rock's e-newsletter.

Meet our Pastors.


Five Ways to Go Deeper

1. join a house church

A community of people (two or more small groups) united together to know God, grow in faith, and be mobilized to take action in our world. Each house church is led by two faithful and established leaders.  Find a house church.

2. join a small group

A small group of people that meet for deeper fellowship and to share in the life struggles we all face.  They meet in various homes, apartments, and coffee shops throughout the city and gather with other small groups to form a house church.  Learn more about groups.

3. join a volunteer team

It takes approximately 50 people to make the Rock happen every week. Get involved and become a contributor to making our church happen! Whether your gifts lie in working with people or projects, there's a need for you. Volunteer.

4. attend a special teaching or social event

Meet other individuals in your stage in life, and learn about how God wants to use you in that stage. A few of our special events are: Faithwalkers Conference (end of December), parenting workshops, marriage conferences, and our Rock Students ministry.  The Announcements page has upcoming events listed, or visit the connect page for ministries and groups in your area of interest.

5. take the rock 101 membership class

Learn about The Rock's philosophies, strategies, affiliations and beliefs. After taking the class, you will have the option to become a member of The Rock. Check the Announcements for upcoming classes or email the office for the next class date.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a small group?

Small groups are one of the most vital functions of the church. In small groups people have the chance to meet each other’s needs as they develop relationships. It’s easy to get involved in a Rock small group. Learn more about small groups.

What is house church?

It’s a community of people (three or four small groups) seeking to worship together, grow together, and be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Each house church is led by two or three faithful and established leaders and has a worship and teaching component. There are six locations throughout the Twin Cities. They meet on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Learn more about house church.

How do I obtain a recording of messages?

All teachings are recorded and available from our media library. Reviewing past messages reinforces what you’ve already heard and can help you grow in your spiritual life. You can listen while commuting, cleaning, exercising — the possibilities are endless. You can listen to messages online and download them free. If you would like to purchase a CD of a message, place your order by calling the media center at 952-564-3761. 

You may also browse Mark Darling's message library for a comprehensive list of all of Mark's teachings over the years. Visit the Building Strong Disciples website.

What is the basis for the teaching at The Rock?

Our beliefs are based solely on the 66 Old and New Testament books of the Bible. It was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and was written without error in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in faith and life in every age. Every teaching you hear at The Rock is founded in this book, the Word of God. Learn more about our beliefs.

Is The Rock affiliated with other churches?

The Rock is an Evergreen Church. We're just one church with five locations. Learn more about our other locations: Evergreen-Lakeville, Evergreen-New Hope, Evergreen-Bloomington and The Urban Refuge.

All five of our locations are a branch of an even larger organization called Great Commission Association. Our pastors and staff are supported by the GCA network as they carry out the "Great Commission" set forth by God in Matthew 28:18-20 which states:

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you..."

What is the best way to get more information about The Rock?

Our pastors--Mark Darling, Karl Quickert and Ryan Stahl--are committed to answering all of your questions about The Rock, our beliefs, our practices and our mission. Feel free to contact them at any time. You're also encouraged to attend our Friday night service, which is designed specifically for newcomers. Even more details can be learned by taking our Rock 101 orientation class, where you'll have the opportunity to become a member. Rock 101 is held periodically throughout the year. Email The Rock office for more information.


Pastor Bios


Mark DarlingMark Darling

Mark has been married for 37 years and is the father of four children, all whom are married . He is the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren! He lives in the city of Eagan, Minnesota with his wife, Kathy. He has been pastoring the last 30 years, here in the Twin Cities. Mark cofounded Evergreen Church - Bloomington along with Brent Knox and now currently pastors at The Rock in Minneapolis, MN.

Contact Mark



Karl Quickert

Karl began following Christ in college after attending a Rock small group. Just a few months later, a young, attractive woman named Maren got saved and immediately joined the small group Karl was a member of. Despite a mutual appreciation and friendship throughout college, neither Karl nor Maren held any romantic interest in the other until five years later. Karl and Maren have been married 10 years and have two daughters, two sons, and no dogs.

Other than his family, Karl's great love is pastoring, which a particular devotion to college students since it was in college that God go ahold of Karl's life.

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Ryan Stahl

Ryan earned an Electrical Engineering degree from South Dakota State University in December of 1997. He moved to the Twin Cities on New Year's Eve 1997 to start his career at 3M.  Ryan first visited Evergreen Bloomington in April 1998. He really enjoyed the service, but didn't get involved until October when he joined his first Small Group.  He was overwhelmed by the people in the group by their love and grace that he accepted Christ that night. He was so excited about the change in his life that he went home and called his girlfriend Laura to tell her about it. She joined the small group the very next week. This small group was then part of The Rock Church plant in January 1999.

Ryan began serving at The Rock right away and over the years has had many different roles and responsibilities. He has co-led several small groups and ministries. He is currently a House Church leader, location budget leader and is involved with the launch of the Rock Teen Group. Since being ordained as a pastor in October 2009, Ryan's roles haven't changed much and he still works full time at 3M. He is passionate about his family and being able to serve with them at The Rock. He really strives to be an example to those around him, especially his family.

Ryan married Laura in 2002. They have five children, Josh, Jakin, Jude, Grace, and Rebekah.

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Lucas Shogren

Lucas was born and raised in Moorhead MN, where his family life laid the foundations for his faith in God. In 2003, Lucas began attending the University of Minnesota, majoring in cello performance. In his first semester at college he was placed in a chamber group with an amazing violinist named Stephanie, who would one day become his wife. At this same time, he started attending The Rock. It was at The Rock that he saw people his age truly living their lives for Christ and this spurred him on to go deeper in his relationship with God. As Lucas began a career as a concert cellist he also started seeing that this path of touring and performing was going to prove difficult while also commiting to the church, being home with his wife, and eventually to raising children. Through the counsel of men at The Rock he decided to change careers and entered the education field to better serve his family and church. He is currently the orchestra director at Mounds View High School. Since making this change, Lucas has grown in his love for God and his love for God’s people.

Over the years he has been active in leading small groups, leading the Minneapolis House Church, and has been involved in the music ministry. He has also served as a musician at our annual Faithwalkers conference for many years.

Lucas and Stephanie have been married for 11 years and have three boys: Beckett, Brody, and Blaine.

Contact Lucas





Fridays, 7:30 PM
5501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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