About the Teams
Coaching and Visioning Team
The Coaching & Visioning Team functions as process consultants to assist congregations to assess, formulate and manage their ministry. The hope of the CVT is that congregations will then be able to create a plan for themselves and move forward in ministry. The CVT hopes in this way to assist congregations to find their purpose and their voice. The hope of the Presbytery of South Dakota in forming this team is that congregations will know they are not alone in times of difficulty and that there is a ministry team available to help them process and move forward in order to maintain a healthy congregation. The CVT is a non-authoritative ministry team there to strengthen, not direct or mandate actions to the congregation.
Members are selected by the existing membership of the team and in consultation with Congregational and Pastoral Care, the Moderator of the Presbytery of South Dakota, and the Mission Coordinator/Stated Clerk of the presbytery.
Ministry Development and Education
This ministry team focuses on the present and future of this presbytery. It is responsible for inspiring innovation in our presbytery and within each congregation. They relate to congregations by developing new ministries, transforming existing ones, and training leaders (such as CREs). They coordinate educational opportunities at Presbytery meetings as well as shepherd any teaching elder inquirers and candidates within the ordination process.
- Visioning new opportunities for churches
- Educational Opportunities for POSD
- New Church and Ministry Development
- Preparation for Ministry
- Mission and Outreach
- Ecumenical Relations and Outreach
Congregational and Pastoral Care
Congregational and Pastor Care works closely with pastors and congregations. Whether they are looking for guidance in finding a new call, seeking resources of the Presbytery, or in conflict, this team relates to them and offers a helping hand. CPC is the support system for those providing ministry to our congregations and is the primary liaison for each congregation within the Presbytery.
- Care and support of congregations, pastors, CREs
- Board of Pensions Liaison
- Ministry to Retired Pastors
- Annual review of minutes and registers
Commissioned Ruling Elder Program Team
The Ruling Elder Commissioned to Particular Service (CRE) Program is lead by a commission of the presbytery and was established as a means of fulfilling its commitment to provide the best possible leadership to congregations within its bounds. Recognizing that the program is designed to equip ruling elders for this task, we support the concept that the studies should not be a seminary course in theological education, but rather a practical study to enable dedicated Christians in our congregations to serve their Lord and the congregations of our Presbytery if so called and led.
Key Responsibilities of the team:
- Develop and administer the CRE program
- Evaluation of CRE Candidates for Commissioning
- Certify REs ready to be commissioned
- Supervision and Mentoring of CREs
This team is a commission that is appointed by the moderator of the Presbytery of SD, but interest in this team is always desired!
Camping and Faith Formation
The Commission on Camping and Faith Formation provides incredible opportunities for individuals and congregations to learn more about their faith and to explore a life in Christ.
- Summer Camp Programs and Retreats
- Youth Rally and Triennium
- Adult Ministry Opportunities
- Visioning and coordinating our outdoor ministry
Administration and Coordination
This ministry serves as the administrative branch of the presbytery and helps support and coordinate the overall mission of the presbytery and its ministries. They serve as the Committee on Representation and are the Trustees of the presbytery.
- Coordination of Presbytery’s Mission
- Presbytery Communications
- Long-range planning and strategy
- Property and Legal Matters
- Budget, Finance and Stewardship
- Oversight of Presbytery office and personnel
Ministry Resource works to nominate gifted and skilled people for each ministry. If you are interested in serving the Presbytery of South Dakota please contact Kevin Veldhuisen, Mission Coordinator, to receive more information of how you can serve!
Permanent Judicial Commission (PJC)
Serving the Presbytery of South Dakota whenever deemed necessary to aid a pastor and / or congregation during a time of critical need.
Want to join a ministry team?
We are always looking for dedicated and passionate people to join the vital ministry of the Presbytery of South Dakota. If you are interested in serving please click on the button below and complete an interest form.