St. Louis Association
There are 44 Missouri Mid-South Conference United Church of Christ congregations in the St. Louis Association. Our churches include urban, suburban, small town and even rural settings within the Association. Along with congregations in the St. Louis metropolitan area, we also have churches in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee, which are part of the St. Louis Association. Our congregations offer a variety of worship styles, reflecting the approach and tradition of each church. Our history is rich and varied, with churches from the German Evangelical and the Congregational traditions, along with newer churches which have joined us in recent years.
Even with these many differences, the United Church of Christ churches in the St. Louis Association unite to reach out to people in need. Some of the outreach ministries supported by the Association include Neighborhood Houses, St. John’s Community Services, Isaiah 58 Ministries, Joint Neighborhood Ministries, Union Communion Ministries, Lydia’s House, and Doorways. We also work ecumenically through groups such as Habitat for Humanity.
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Support for SLA
2022 SLA Budget
Below are the Minister Codes - please read the document which pertains to you:
Application for Mission Funds - for 2022 Funding
SLA Spring Fellowship Gathering 2022 - online via Zoom
Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Free to attend! Registration is open!
Theme: "Together, How do we Make a Difference?"
Speaker: Rev. Cameron Trimble
Rev. Cameron Trimble is the CEO of Convergence, an organization that supports the reshaping
of congregations and leaders engaged in an age of movement from “organized religion” to
“organizing religion” driven by the values of an inclusive, progressive theological vision for a
more just world for all. She began her ministry as a congregational developer and, to pay for her
“ministry habit”, also owns a real estate company and a software company. She has also been a
pastor of four congregations in Atlanta, Georgia.
Before starting Convergence, she served as an advisor to the Congregational Vitality and
Discipleship Team of Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ and as Associate
Conference Minister of Church Development in the Southeast Conference of the UCC. She has
worked with many denominational bodies as they set up systems for congregational
development, and she coaches pastors in the UCC, Episcopal, Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ), ELCA, United Methodist, Unitarian Universalist, and Presbyterian (USA) churches as well
as in other faith traditions.
Rev. Trimble has served as an adjunct professor teaching leadership development and
transformation with the Pacific School of Religion, Brite Divinity School, Auburn Seminary and
Chicago Theological Seminary. She co-authored the book “Liberating Hope” and most recently
published “Piloting Church: Helping Your Congregation Take Flight” and 60 Days of Faith in
One of the great honors of her life is serving as the board chair of an organization called Stop
the Traffik, focused on putting an end to human trafficking around the world through the use of
intelligence-led prevention. STT works in partnership with IBM, Homeland Security, MI5,
Facebook, Twitter, Wells Fargo, the Financial Times, and many others to develop the tools to
identify human trafficking networks and disrupt them.
When she is not working, she will be found piloting airplanes with passengers who love to see
this wonderful, wild world from the sky.
SLA Fall Business Meeting 2021 - online event
The St. Louis Association Annual Fall Business Meeting will be held Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. There is no registration fee for this meeting. Think of it; attend an Association Business meeting from the comfort of your own home and pay nothing! Can it get any better? The Rev. Dr. Mary Nelson, Transitional Conference Minister of the Missouri Mid-South Conference, is our keynote speaker/preacher during our morning worship. At this meeting, we will be acting on the 2022 Association budget, including support for Association's mission partners, electing members of the Ministry Teams, and receiving reports from our Ministry Teams. Speak-Outs will occur at the beginning of the business meeting. If you would like to "speak-out" for 60 seconds, with an announcement, a concern, or an issue which is not already on the agenda, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, September 15.
Now here is the "fine print": Delegates: Each member church is entitled to be represented at all called meetings of the full Association by one lay delegate for each one hundred members or fraction thereof on the church roll, not to exceed twelve delegates. In addition, each member church is entitled to two young adult delegates (Confirmed members who are younger than 30 years of age at the time of the meeting). Every delegate shall have voice and vote at all called meetings of the full Association. Any person holding standing as an ordained, licensed, or commissioned minister (active or retired) who is a member of the Association shall have voice and vote at all called meetings of the full Association. Lay members of the Association Council and all members of Association Covenant Teams who are not named as voting delegates by the congregation of which they are a member shall have voice and vote at all called meetings of the full Association. Visitors, who are members of local churches with standing in the St. Louis Association, are welcome at the meeting with voice but without vote. All are welcome to attend the meeting.
REGISTRATION: This year, with the assistance of the staff and resources of our Missouri Mid-South Conference office, our registration is totally on-line. Each person must register by September 15! Register here
Fall 2021 Meeting Materials:
SLA Annual Fall Meeting 2020 - online event
The SLA Annual Fall Meeting will be held Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Fall Meeting Materials:
SLA Spring Gathering 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19
The SLA Spring Gathering will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at St. Johns United Church of Christ, 11333 Saint Johns Church Road, St. Louis MO 63123. The Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw will be preaching. More details to follow!
SLA Fall Business Meeting 2019
It’s that time of year! The Fall Business Meeting of the Saint Louis Association is Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 126 & 221 Church Street, Ferguson, Missouri 63153. The church’s phone number is 314-521-7324. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. We are planning to adjourn at 3:00 p.m. Members of the Immanuel will be providing wonderful hospitality during the meeting.
Missouri Mid-South Conference Minister, Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel will be the worship leader and program leader for the St. Louis Association Fall Business Meeting at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Ferguson on Saturday, September 28. Registration information is available on the St. Louis Association page of the Missouri Mid-South website. The title of her address is, "Can We Talk...About Our Shared Ministry Together?"
In preparation of Ginny's presentation, she has asked that this on-line survey link be sent out and invites your response. She is asking you to respond, regardless of your plans to attend the Fall Meeting.
Here is what Ginny wrote to the Planning Committee, "Greetings. I have been working on my keynote presentation with the St. Louis Association fall meeting. In order to get the most out of our time together, I thought it would be helpful to have folks complete the following survey. This will encourage folks to already be thinking about the deep-dive conversation we want to have. Then I can present the findings on Saturday morning. This also gives folks who can’t be at the meeting the opportunity to contribute to the broader conversation. Here’s the link. Blessings, Ginny."
The Planning Committee agreed with Ginny and presents this link for you to respond to the survey questions. We hope everyone will complete and submit their responses - the more the merrier! If you don't complete the survey before the meeting you can still fill it out, and send it in, those responses would not, however, be reported to the Association meeting on September 28.
Lorin Cope, Clerk
St. Louis Association, United Church of Christ
SLA Fall Business Meeting 2019
The SLA Fall meeting will be held via Zoom Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
January - August 2019 Giving Report, St. Louis Association
SLA Spring Program Meeting 2019
The SLA spring meeting will be held on Thursday evening, May 2 at First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, United Church of Christ. We will begin with dinner at 5:00 p.m. , program at 6:00 p.m. and adjourn by 9:00 p.m.
SLA Fall Business Meeting 2018
SLA Spring Program Meeting 2018
The Annual Spring Meeting of the St. Louis Association was held April 20 - 22, 2018 in Memphis, TN.
SLA Fall Business Meeting 2017
The Fall Business Meeting of the Saint Louis Association was held Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Glory to Glory Christian Church, United Church of Christ, 1919 South Seventh Street, Saint Louis, Missouri 63104 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
SLA Spring Program Meeting 2017
SLA Fall Business Meeting 2016
It’s that time of year! The Fall Business Meeting of the Saint Louis Association is Saturday, September 24, 2016 at St. Johns United Church of Christ 15370 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, Missouri, 63017 (636-532-0540). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. We are planning to adjourn at 3:00 p.m. The building is fully accessible, and members of St. Johns are planning tasty breakfast treats as we gather and a delicious lunch to share.
The theme for the Fall Meeting is: Mission to Motion: A Model for Church Vitality. We are very excited to welcome as keynote speaker the remarkable Rev. Cheryl Cornish, pastor of First Congregational Church in Memphis. As many of you know, First Congregational has become a thriving hub of community engagement and deeply-valued ministry in its city, and Cheryl has had a vital role in shepherding its growth.
SLA Spring Program Meeting 2016
The St. Louis Association of the United Church of Christ invites you to the Annual SPRING PROGRAM MEETING
at Eden Theological Seminary, 475 E. Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri 63119 on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
The St. Louis Association Council is pleased to invite you to an evening of fellowship, education, and conversation around the theme: Healthy Congregations: Developing and Sustaining Community.
A congregation's vitality, effectiveness, and impact on the lives of its members and on the community beyond its walls depend greatly on the health of the congregational system. Healthy relationships and boundaries between members allow space for creative engagement and forward momentum even when there are differences of opinion, background and theology. The program will be a hands-on introduction to healthy congregational practices that help congregations thrive. Further information and registration.
SLA Fall Business Meeting 2015
The Fall Business Meeting of the St. Louis Association will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at Church of the Master United Church of Christ, 1325 Paddock Drive; Florissant, Missouri 63033-2238. Phone: 314-921-3344. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Members of the Church will provide lunch for us as well as tasty treats as we gather in the morning. We have scheduled adjournment for 3:30 p.m.
SLA Spring Program Meeting 2015
The St. Louis Association of the United Church of Christ invites you to the SPRING PROGRAM MEETING.
Location: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 6501 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015.
Time: Registration begins at 5:30 pm.
The theme is "Awakening....St. Louis’ Racial Heritage and Our Churches."
SLA Fall Business Meeting 2014
CoM Prep Annual Report (posted 10/2/14)
SLA CoM Annual Report (posted 10/2/14)
2015 Outreach Committee Report (posted 10/2/14)
Vision Team Statement (posted 10/2/14)
2015 SLA Nominees (posted 10/2/14)