Worship at Gloria Dei Saturdays at 5pm & Sundays 9:00am and 10:30am

Mission & outreach

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations

Matthew 28:19

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!

Sign Up | Occasional

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!
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.
The Banquet is in Compliance with the CDC guidelines during the Covid 19 Pandemic. Masks and Gloves will be worn while serving the "to go" meals at the door behind a plastic shield, providing for a contact free experience for their guest.

The Banquet meal ministry was founded in 1985 starting with just one meal per week. We now serve 13 meals per week at two locations. The Banquet is a volunteer-based ministry, which means our meals are paid for, prepared by, and served by volunteer groups who come from Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.

Gloria Dei has the opportunity to serve at the Banquet (900 East 8th St) twice per year. Help is needed to serve the meal and help clean up. It is not only a great way to serve in our community but a wonderful time of fellowship!

The Banquet is always in need of plastic grocery bags and margarine, yogurt or other plastic containers for the guest to take left-overs home in. They can be dropped off anytime at the Banquet. 

sign-up  |  Monthly

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
Volunteers are suspended until further notice. 
We welcome disciples to worship with the inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary 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 in advance for participation in worship. Watch sign-up form for upcoming dates to join the inmates for worship, and make note of sign-up deadlines please.
For more information: St. Dysmas
GO: St. Francis
Serve BREAKFAST or DINNER to the Guests - click button below for serving date and time.
Serve the prepared evening meal and then stay and clean up. All together it takes about an hour and a half. We need 2-3 people for each opportunity. Click button(s) for date and time specific information.
For more information: Moving People from Homelessness to Hope - The St. Francis House

mission partners

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.

Outreach Ministries of the Month - OMM

FOR 2020
  • JANUARY --- Nicaragua Hospitality Coordinator / Missionary
  • FEBRUARY --- St. Dysmas
  • LENT --- 1/2 to ELCA World Hunger Appeal & 1/2 to Feeding South Dakota
  • MARCH --- Church on the Street
  • APRIL --- St. Francis House
  • MAY --- Neighbors In Solidarity (co-op of the SD Synod Mission Partners)
  • JUNE --- LSS Mentoring
  • JULY --- Habitat for Humanity
  • AUGUST --- Luther Seminary / Ephphatha
  • SEPTEMBER --- Charis Ministry Partners (Food to You; Necessities for Neighbors; Healthy Rides)
  • OCTOBER --- The Banquet
  • NOVEMBER --- Heartland House
  • DECEMBER ADVENT OFFERINGS --- Cameroon Misionary
  • DECEMBER --- Bishop Dudley Hospitality House / Soldier Creek

adult mission trips

Serve the Kingdom on a mission trip

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 our past Travel Booklet and check back here for announcements regarding Gloria Dei's hopeful return to Nicaragua.
Click the link to view the Travel Booklet and learn about our mission trip.

Go:Therefore Events

Click on event for additional details / information and to sign-up / register, if applicable. All Are Welcome!