Gloria Dei began as a mission start congregation, part of an intentional effort to reach into new and growing areas of the city of Sioux Falls with the good news of Jesus. Mission is in our DNA. In Scripture, we read the words of Jesus at the end of the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Jesus’ command begins with that simple little word, “GO.” At Gloria Dei, “Freed by Christ we Gather, Grow, Give, and GO all to the glory of God.” So, let’s GO Gloria Dei!



Here you can sign up for all the latest Mission and Outreach opportunities

Occasional Opportunities to GO!

Occasional Opportunities to GO!

These opportunities are available when a need arises, or are places we serve 1-2 times a year. Check back as opportunities will be added when they become available! All are welcome to GO with Gloria Dei!



GO: Bread Break Ministries

Interested volunteers should sign up to receive more information. Or email Pastor ChrisGO:Bread Break Ministries – Click to sign up for more information

Ministry Partners to Serve

Click Here for more info about Gloria Dei’s Mission Partners
  • The Banquet
  • Church on the Street
  • Food to You
  • Necessities for Neighbors
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Heartland House
  • …and more!

Mobile Hair Salon

Gloria Dei is launching a new and exciting adventure, following the call of the Holy Spirit and the passion of a few of your fellow members. We’re excited to announce that we’re opening up a new hair salon in the city of Sioux Falls! But wait! Let us explain. For some time now, a small group has been praying about and discerning a Mission and Outreach project to offer free haircuts to those in need in the Sioux Falls community. With this prayer and discernment came an amazing $10,000 donation from an anonymous donor. In addition to some extra funding sources, Gloria Dei was able to purchase a brand new, custom 24 foot trailer that will be converted into a mobile hair salon.

This mobile hair salon is about more than free haircuts. This about Dignity. It’s about being made in God’s Image. And it’s about sharing God’s Grace. Every one of God’s children longs for dignity. Every one of God’s children is made in God’s image and longs to look and feel their best. Every one of God’s children longs to know the grace and good news of Christ. The mobile hair salon will find its place in the Sioux Falls community wherever there is a need to offer dignity, image, and grace through free haircuts.


Monthly Opportunities to GO!

Monthly Opportunities to GO!

These opportunities are available on an ongoing basis. Each month we commit to serve again next month. Help us be the hands and feet of Jesus, by signing-up to GO! All Are Welcome!

GO: St. Dysmas

6:00-8:00pm | 4 Disciples

Worship with the inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. We will welcome up to four worshipers each month. You will experience a warm welcome and grace will be given and received.

You will need a current background check (good for a year). See instructions on the sign up page. Background check paperwork due to St. Dysmas approximately 2 weeks before for participation in worship. Watch here for upcoming worship dates.
For more information: St. Dysmas
Paperwork for worship on June 27 is DUE no later than June 13

GO: St. Francis House

6:15-7:30pm | 6-7 Disciples

Serve the prepared evening meal and then stay and clean up. All together it takes about an hour and a half.
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris: 605-371-3737 |



GO Therefore: September 19, 2017

I took the summer off from writing and keeping up with this blog. It was a nice bit of Sabbath rest, allowing for reflection on my first year of ministry here at Gloria Dei. Summer was a great time to vacation and spend days off with my wife and children. But let’s be honest, when you have kids, you look forward to the regular routine of school again!

As things have begun kicking off here at Gloria Dei again this fall, I’ve been actively working together with many of you to plan and lead mission and outreach opportunities locally, around the state, and across the world. It’s been exciting work and I am thankful for God leading every step of the way. Let’s be honest again, without the leadership of the Spirit, none of this would happen. We have an amazing God who is constantly out ahead of us preparing the way for us.

Already, planning has begun for our trip to Nicaragua. As is often the case with international missions, there is a lot in flux. Many of the moving parts that were in place last year have since moved and changed. Our missionary, Sergio, has taken a call to teach and work in the Lutheran church in Germany. We are thankful for his partnership and know that God is there ahead of him, calling him to that ministry now. As we work to figure out how God will provide for our trip to Nicaragua this coming February, I’ve also spent time reflecting back on last year’s trip. The following is an entry from a journal I kept both in country and the weeks following.

“One of the last days in Nicaragua, our medical mission team gathered in the home of an old maid. Our group of tired, sweaty Americans jumped quickly from the yellow bus. Even our smell disrupted the pastoral, idyllic scene in the small village we had abruptly entered. The old maid’s home housed a beautiful kitchen. A stone oven fired in the corner, billowing black smoke from the wood fire. The woman appeared from another room, stepping gingerly out from behind a sheet that was her bedroom door. She greeted us in the front room, a room that beckoned us in as it had no doors or sheets to speak of. At one end of the room stood a simple table made from tree branches and salvaged boards. The table was draped with a delicately laced doily. A simple wooden cross stood in the center of the table and rocked unevenly as I grazed the table’s rough edge. In a moment, it became clear that the table was not only part of this woman’s home; it was, in fact, an altar and this front room was a sanctuary. As we unpacked our medical supplies, the altar table became an exam station. Blood pressure cuffs laid were the blood of the lamb was blessed and God’s people communed. Doctor’s notepads, for writing prescriptions, took seat where the Great Physician promises to do His work at every holy supper. The sanctuary bustled with activity. When the time came, we dined there, too. Chicken and rice and beans. Handmade tortillas. I couldn’t keep track of everything that happened there that day. As we loudly leapt from the bus through the open doors of that front room, we were transported from the sanctuary, to the altar table, to the clinic, to the dining room. It was a mess of holiness, held together by the work of the Holy Spirit.”

I look forward to this year of mission work, both locally and in places like Nicaragua. Please keep checking back here to hear more of the stories.

Let’s GO Gloria Dei!

Pastor Chris




Gloria Dei will be partnering with Mission Haiti for this Mission Trip. Mission-Haiti is a nonprofit ministry based out of Sioux Falls that glorifies Jesus Christ by reaching out and serving the people of Haiti. Our motto is to Love Jesus, Love Others, Make Disciples. One of Jesus’ main instructions to us is to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and that’s what we try to do for the people of Haiti. Travel dates: Spring 2020
If you are interested in learning more about this mission trip and if it might be one you consider participating in, let us know using the button below and we will contact you when the informational meeting has been scheduled.



Gloria Dei has a strong relationship with the Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope in Nicaragua. For over 15 years, Gloria Dei has sent a medical mission delegation to work together with the church to provide acute medical care and health education to the population. Check out out Travel Booklet and check back here for announcements regarding Gloria Dei’s hopeful return to Nicaragua in February 2020.
Click the link to view the Travel Booklet and learn about our mission trip.

Our Feb 2018 Team

Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 |



The Holy Spirit calls each of us to make disciples wherever we go. Mission is driven by the Spirit in our families, our neighborhoods, our community, our state, our nation, and our world. We encourage every member of Gloria Dei to get actively involved in the work the Holy Spirit is calling them to, wherever that may be. As a church, we offer ways to live out that call together. Click the links below to learn more about our many mission partners.

 South Dakota Synod, ELCA

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

Iglesia Luterana Fe y Esperanza, ILFE

 Church on the Street

Pueblo de Dios

St Francis House

 Lutherans Outdoors

Lutheran Social Services of SD

St. Dysmas

 Food to You

Necessities for Neighbors

The Banquet

 Table of Grace

Heartland House

Bishop Dudley Hospitality House

 Feeding South Dakota

Feed My Starving Children

Luther House of Study

 Meals on Wheels

Gloria Dei Quilting

Neighbors in Solidarity

Want to get involved? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 |



A weekend celebration of God’s mission in and through Gloria Dei. A weekend to give thanks to God for the work of our mission partners. A weekend to connect Gloria Dei members to the amazing mission work God is doing through this congregation. A weekend to be present to how God might be calling you to serve the world.


The 1st Annual Mission Festival was a successful Event! A huge THANKS to all who helped make it a great day!

(See Ministry by the Numbers updates in RED)
○  Worship Saturday 5pm, Sunday 9am and 10:30am – Guest preacher – Pastor Rebel Hurd
– Mission Developer for Church on the Street, at all 3 worship services
– Special Offering during worship for Church on the Street $1402.67 collected for Church on the Street
○  Chicken or Pork Tamales, Oh Yum! For sale from Pueblo De Dios!  To preorder your dozen(s) click here!
– Come help out and learn to cook with Pueblo de Dios on Friday, April 20th at 6pm   2,250 tamales made raising over $3,400 for Pueblo De Dios Youth going to the National  Youth Gathering in Houston, summer 2018
○  Get to Know our Mission Partners!
– Stop by the Gathering Space to learn about our mission partners before or after all services 8 partnership ministries were on hand having caring conversations
○  Nicaragua in a Nutshell
– Learn about the recent trip from those who went, while enjoying a plate of tamales and sides Sun Apr 22.
– Lunch plate is $12 and will be served at 11:30am in the fellowship hall.
○  Nicaragua Medication Fundraiser
– Sat Apr 21 at Vance Thompson Vision – Food & Drink, minimum donation $25 per person


Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 |


We’re constantly following the movement of the Holy Spirit and you never know where we’ll be called next! Because we want to be nimble and adaptive to the Spirit’s call, we’ve created a closed Facebook Group for posting the latest needs and sharing stories of how God is using us for the sake of the Good News of Jesus. 

#GoNetwork: Gloria Dei’s Mission and Outreach Network

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