Welcome to the Association of Christian Churches of SD!
The roots of our organization dates to a cooperative mission in Christian education through the Dakota Sunday School Association, Vermillion, SD, 1875. In 1943, he S.D. Council of Christian Education and the Federated Council of Churches merged to become the S.D. Council of Churches. In another later step, the organization changed its name to become the Association of Christian Churches of SD to be more inclusive. It officially started November 17, 1971, in Huron, SD. Tom Hoy is our Executive Director. Visit our Contact Us page for contact information.
Current judicatory members of the Association are the American Baptist Churches-USA; Christian Church Disciples of Christ; Dakota United Methodist Church; Diocese of Sioux Falls (Roman Catholic); Diocese of Rapid City (Roman Catholic); Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Mennonite Church USA; Presbyterian Church USA; Reformed Church in America; and the United Church of Christ. Funding for the Association's work is provided by these named judicatories.
The purpose of the Association of Christian Churches of South Dakota is to increase the common Christian understanding and common Christian action in our state and in the world. We do this as Christians whose knowledge and experience are rooted in different histories and traditions. It does this through a covenant relationship with its member judicatories to propose to undertake the following:
- To provide an umbrella structure or organization under which Christians may identify with one another as fellow members of the Body of Christ and may cooperate with one another in Christian love; and
- To effect closer fellowship and increased cooperation among Christians in South Dakota; and
- To better serve the needs of participating communions and/or their members; and
- To strengthen the spiritual life and witness of all Christians in the State; and
- To help effect cooperation in every way possible among denominations; individual congregations, and members of the Body of Christ, toward more effective utilization of spiritual, human, and material resources; and
- To assist denominations, individual congregations, and persons to respond more effectively to the changing needs and trends in our modem world; and
- To sponsor dialog, forums, discussion groups, and whatever else furthers ecumenical understanding and development.
Blessing and Glory be unto You, oh Christ our Lord. Amen.