Ministerial Ed & Leadership
The Diocese of South Dakota is firmly committed to the idea that spiritual growth is not only compatible with, but strengthened by, intellectual growth. While intense study within the Christian tradition will not on its own necessarily lead to a lively and active faith, we believe that deeper exploration of Scripture, the Christian tradition and the Church's history, theology, and worship undertaken in a reverential and prayerful manner certainly help contribute to a fuller relationship with God. The Diocese of South Dakota therefore has made it a priority that all local congregations have access to competently trained clergy who can help the members of those congregations deepen both their devotional and intellectual faith lives. Furthermore, the Diocese wants to ensure that all laypeople have access to high-quality Christian education, regardless of whether or not one's local congregation currently has the capacity to offer consistent Christian education programs and leadership training.
Congregational Christian Education
Some congregations and missions in the Diocese offer regular Christian education programs, including bible studies, lecture series, and Sunday or Wednesday school. Please check with whoever oversees your congregation or mission to see what local resources are available. Even if there is currently no formal Christian education in your local congregation, it may be possible to start a study group, do one-on-one study with a priest or other person with ministerial training, or partner with other local congregations that already provide Christian education programming.