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New Congregations

Mission Partnerships provide ways for you and your congregation to be “hands on” with the mission and accompany new and renewing congregations of the ELCA as they carry out God’s mission in their communities.  Whenever new ELCA ministries are started in South Dakota, you are there through your congregation’s regular support of synod and churchwide ministries.  Mission Partnerships are about congregations and people coming together to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The South Dakota Synod works in collaboration with ELCA Congregational and Synodical Mission to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ by reaching out to diverse groups to invite and gather them into worshiping communities. The South Dakota Synod currently has six mission starts under development:

First Lutheran African Ministry, Sioux Falls

The African Ministry at First Lutheran Church is a vital, growing ministry with and among African people in Sioux Falls.  While the spiritual leaders and founders of this community are Liberian, worshipers on a Sunday afternoon come from many parts of West Africa.  All came here fleeing the violence of various civil wars and the desperate poverty of cross-border refugee camps.  The people of this community share a powerful bond of hardship and a common strength of hope in Jesus Christ.  The spiritual leader, Daniel Gayetaye, speaks of the day when he and the families that were worshiping with him learned that they would be able to leave the refugee camps and come to the United States: “I cried with tears of joy because God had rescued us and brought us to a new land.”

Pueblo de Dios, Sioux Falls

Pueblo de Dios (People, or Community, of God) is a ministry under development whose primary focus is reaching out to the Latino community of Sioux Falls (and the surrounding area) with the Good News of New Life in Jesus Christ.  Pueblo de Dios is being “birthed” with love & support from Augustana Lutheran Church. Augustana and Pueblo de Dios are two distinct communities of faith who seek to come together in joint ministry ventures in the Historic District of central Sioux Falls.

WestSide Lutheran, Sioux Falls

WestSide Lutheran is a mission start in Northwest Sioux Falls.  It is led by two gifted lay leaders for networking, relationship building, and coordinating the work of missionary people and pastors.  WestSide owns property at Benson Road and Marion Street and worships at McCrossan Boys Ranch at Benson Road and I-90.

Woyatan Lutheran, Rapid City

Woyatan Lutheran is a new kind of multi-cultural outreach ministry to the very diverse, mostly Native American community in southeast Rapid City.  It serves as vibrant place of worship Saturday evening and Sunday mornings for community members and residence of Community Alternatives of the Black Hills (CAB) in the heart of Rapid City.

Intentional Christian Community at Rosebud

The Rosebud Indian Reservation is one of nine Reservations in South Dakota. Poverty and its accompanying challenges remain a besetting part of life on the Rosebud.  The Intentional Christian Community at Rosebud is a community of young adults that is centered in word and sacrament and monastic in nature. They serve as a center of evangelical witness to the Gospel both for the people on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and for the whole ELCA.

Community of Hope, Aberdeen

Community of Hope  is community worshippers who see themselves as offering an alternative, small, progressive, and contemporary community of faith for the growing ranks of post-modern unchurched in Aberdeen, South Dakota.


Mission Spotlight Bulletin Inserts

The South Dakota Synod Evangelical Outreach Committee wants you to see the ministry happening across our state through our Mission Partnerships. Each month we will feature a new story from a Mission Partner in a bulletin insert for use in your congregation.

We hope that these ministry snapshots get your congregation excited about what God is up to in our synod.


Become a Mission Booster!

Sign Up Now to become a Mission Booster!

Mission Boosters accompany new and renewing congregations of the ELCA as they carry out God’s mission in their communities.  Download the Mission Partners Focus.

Mission partnerships are about congregations and people coming together to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Wherever new ELCA ministries are started in South Dakota, you are there through your congregation’s regular support of synod and churchwide ministries, and mission partnerships. These partnerships provide ways for you and your congregation to be “hands on” with the mission!  Download the Mission Partner Covenant.

Contact Rev. Bill Tesch, Director of Evangelical Mission, in the synod office at 605/274-4026 or btesch@sdsynod.org if you are interested in stepping out in faith, furthering God’s mission in South Dakota.

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