The mission of the San Antonio Community of Congregations is to facilitate the unification of the San Antonio faith community in ministry and service to the benefit of the people of our city and surrounding counties.
Within the larger community there are observable concerns or other problems that arise that require responses too complex for any one single faith organization to effectively address. Many of these problems should be embraced by organizations in concert with faith entities. These include, but are not limited to, those in the business community and various levels of government.
The San Antonio Community of Congregations is a recognizable, single source entity to which those who desire assistance or collaboration may turn to provide a structure which enables faith organizations to network together to address those ministry concerns.
The history of the San Antonio Community of Congregations, formerly the San Antonio Community of Churches, is rooted in the feverish preparations to fight a global war which was under way in the spring of 1942. San Antonio, like all other major military centers, was experiencing severe growing pains resulting from the influx of both military and civilian populations. Religious forces of the community were challenged to keep pace with the wartime religio-social ministries needed to meet the needs of the growing city. On Tuesday, March 30, 1943, at Travis Park Methodist Church, with 106 persons from 24 congregations in San Antonio in attendance, the Council of Churches of Metropolitan San Antonio was formed. The dinner served was 40 cents per plate and the contributing members were charged 2 cents per member annually.
By the end of 1948, the Community of Churches had become a highly significant and useful factor in community life. There were 60 affiliated churches representing 14 denominations. The 1955 summary report of activities noted that the Community of Churches had a budget of more than $20,000.00 with 105 member churches. Growth continued throughout the decades of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. During the 1990’s and beyond the turn of the century, the 155 plus member congregations of the San Antonio Community of Congregations focused their efforts in directions dictated by the needs of the present day. Today, our organization is completely interfaith. We are honored to have congregations representing over 40 different faith groups, including Jewish and Muslim. Our purpose and vision has remained the same over the years.
We will continue to do together what no one congregation can do alone and we will continue to remind the people of San Antonio that they belong to a warm, caring, active and vibrant faith community. The San Antonio Community of Congregations (SACOC) is a registered 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization.