July 13 Forum Canceled; Future Schedule Announced

The Empower Sioux Falls educational forum that had been scheduled for Thursday, July 13, has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict with a presenter.

Empower Sioux Falls has finalized a schedule for the next three educational forums this fall. Here is that schedule:

  • Thursday, September 14
  • Thursday, November 9
  • Thursday, January 11

All three of these forums will be held at Linwood Church (1101 E. 57th Street) from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. A lite lunch will be served beginning at 11:15 a.m.

The Empower Sioux Falls Forums are for ALL pastors and church leaders who wish to talk about how scripture calls us to address poverty issues in our communities. We encourage you to invite another pastor or church leader to attend the forums as we continue to build our network.

Watch "State of the City" Forum

If you were unable to attend the May 25 Empower Sioux Falls Forum, or you would like to watch it it again, you may do so.

Below is a video from the forum that looked at various aspects of poverty in the city. Panelists for the discussion were Kerri DeGraff, development director at Feeding South Dakota, Michelle Erpenbach, a member of the Sioux Falls City Council, and Galen Smidt, assistant chief of police for the Sioux Falls Police Department.

May 25 Forum Focuses on State of the City

Empower Sioux Falls will hold its next educational forum on Thursday, May 25, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Oak Hills Baptist Church (6201 S. Lyncrest Avenue in Sioux Falls).

A lite lunch will be served beginning at 11:15 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early so the forum can begin at 11:30 a.m.

This forum will focus on the "state of the city." Representatives from local government, law enforcement and health care will sit on a panel and share their perspectives of what they see on a daily basis with regards to poverty. Following their presentation, there will be time for questions. If you would like to submit a question for one of our panelists, you may do so by using the button below.

In addition, we will be sharing the results of our recent survey on current church involvement in poverty ministry areas. If you have not completed the survey, you may do so by clicking the button below.

The Empower Sioux Falls Forums are for ALL pastors and church leaders who wish to talk about how scripture calls us to address poverty issues in our communities. We encourage you to invite another pastor or church leader to attend the forums as we continue to build our network.

Those interested in attending the forum are asked to RSVP by Thursday, May 18. You may RSVP by using the link below:

Churches asked to Complete Survey for May Forum

In preparation for the upcoming Empower Sioux Falls Forum on Thursday, May 25, the Empower Sioux Falls Leadership Team would like to identify all of the ministries and programs that our Sioux Falls congregations lead or are involved in that focus on people living in poverty in Sioux Falls.

Pastors and/or church leaders are asked to complete the survey below in order for the Leadership Team to gather as much information as possible prior to the forum. Please complete the survey by Friday, May 5. Please use the button below to complete the survey.

The next Empower Sioux Falls Forum will focus on the "State of Our City." We will have a group of panelists that have first-hand interaction with individuals in poverty situations who will information from their areas. There will also be a time for questions and answers.

The forum will be held at Oak Hills Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m. till 1 p.m. A lite lunch will be served beginning at 11:15 a.m.

Thank you for quickly completing this survey.

Mini Forums Scheduled for February

Two mini forums have been scheduled in the month of February for pastors and church leaders to converse about topics that have a direct interest in their congregations.  The first mini forum, titled "Adopt A School" will be held on Monday, February 13, at 11:30 a.m. at Qdoba on East 10th Street. The second mini forum is on "Partnering with Immigrant and Refugee Congregations" and will be held on Thursday, February 23, at noon at King of Glory Church.

As was discussed at the last Empower Sioux Falls Forum, we would like to create more opportunities for congregations to collaborate on an area of concern.  One way we are striving to make these collaborative opportunities known is through 'mini forums'.  These will be casual small group conversations between congregational leaders who either already have a ministry in the specific area ... or congregational leaders who are interested in learning more so they can begin a ministry in that area. 

Adopt A School: February 13, 11:30 a.m. at Qdoba (2400 E. 10th Street)

Come and join Pastor Doug Bartel and Pastor Brian Stroh of Hillcrest Church for a casual conversation about how churches can adopt a school. They will share what things Hillcrest has done in its partnership with Cleveland Elementary School and how other congregations can begin similar partnerships with other schools.

While everyone is responsible for their own lunch, please RSVP by Friday, February 10 in order to insure enough seating capacity.

 

Immigrant and Refugee Congregations: February 23, Noon at King of Glory Church (1001 E. 17th Street)

Come and join Pastor Rich Merkouris of King of Glory Church for a casual conversation about congregations partnering with immigrant and refugee congregations. Pastor Rich will give an overview of King of Glory's relationship with International Outreach Ministries, a local Liberian congregation.

A lite lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by, Tuesday, February 21.

Empower Sioux Falls Forum Set for February 1

Empower Sioux Falls will hold its next educational forum on Wednesday, February 1, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church (2425 S. Western Ave. in Sioux Falls).

A lite lunch will be served beginning at 11:15 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early so the forum can begin at 11:30 a.m.

Speakers for this forum will be Pastor Rich Merkouris from King of Glory Church and President Greg Henson of Sioux Falls Seminary. Pastor Merkouris will share some current information about poverty issues in Sioux Falls, while President Henson will expand upon his Forum 1 observations about how our understanding of poverty impacts our approach to ministry.

You may watch President Henson's earlier presentation and download his slide presentation by using the included links:
Video Presentation - WATCH HERE
Slide Presentation - DOWNLOAD HERE

In addition, there will also be round table discussions on current poverty ministry initiatives that are taking place in our congregations.

The Empower Sioux Falls Forums are for ALL pastors and church leaders who wish to talk about how scripture calls us to address poverty issues in our communities. We encourage you to invite another pastor or church leader to attend the forums as we continue to build our network.

Those interested in attending the forum are asked to RSVP by Monday, January 30. You may RSVP by using the link below:

RSVP HERE