Spiritual Development

Thriving in Community at SLCC

What is spiritual development? It is the process God uses to grow our faith and love for the Lord Jesus so that our hearts and lives will be transformed. By developing friendships with fellow students, mentors, faculty, community leaders and staff, SLCC promotes learning and growing your faith in community.

Spiritual growth is cultivated within our dorms, classrooms, campus programs, chapel, one-on-one mentoring sessions and informal activities throughout the year.

Opportunities are numerous to get involved in serving in areas “outside your comfort zone” with a mentor to assist you in growing and serving the Lord in new ways.

You will be welcomed here at SLCC, where we Graduate Leaders.

Come and join us!

Spiritual Life

Every student is expected and encouraged to develop spiritually while at St. Louis Christian College. The entire College staff strives to be examples of faithful Christian living and to mentor students as they grow in Christ. There are many opportunities for such growth — chapel, Compass (Field Education Program), missions interest groups, fellowship, and worship in the area churches, classroom instruction, as well as being a part of a Christian community. The real development will come, however, through personal prayer and study of God's Word.

Christ-Centered Diversity

We strive to reflect God’s heart for diversity at SLCC, not only because St. Louis is a melting pot for many nationalities, but because God values every person. At SLCC you will find a welcoming group of students, faculty and staff who long to reflect God’s heart for an ever-diverse world.

Small Groups

Students have the opportunity to participate in various types of small groups during the academic year. You can be part of a service group (such as the chapel technical team), or a spiritual growth group that meets each week.


A private, personal worship time is vital to spiritual growth and development. Set aside a definite time each day to go apart from everyone else for personal Bible study and prayer. Dormitory and small group devotions are held in each residence hall on a regular basis. The schedule is determined by the Resident Assistants and the Residence Directors. Plan to take part in these devotions.


One of the highlights of student life is the opportunity to worship in chapel once a week. The campus gathers on Thursdays to sing, fellowship and hear a powerful message. Chapel services also frequently feature other programming such as panel discussions, creative worship times, and special speakers. During the spring semester, graduating students are invited to plan and carry out a chapel service. These "senior chapels" are some of the best of the year.

Chapel attendance is required because St. Louis Christian College desires to produce not just academic excellence, but Christ-likeness. Designed to encourage and strengthen Christian character, the chapel program is carried out to develop well-prepared servants for Christ — men and women who not only have the training for ministry, but also the heart for ministry.

You will find recent chapel messages listed on the home page, and a more complete listing here.


Throughout the school year there are special functions designed to contribute to the growth of the student, or of the people who support SLCC.

New Student Orientation is held prior to the start of each semester. New students are introduced to the College and informational sessions are given to help them become acclimated to their new surroundings. Placement testing may be required before registering for classes. Orientation is required for new students.

Convocation marks the opening of each semester as the students, staff and faculty gather for a worship service.

Faith Promise Rallies are held at the beginning of each semester. World Christians United (the student missions group) challenges the student body, faculty and staff to give sacrificially for the work of Christ done by foreign and domestic missions.

Infinite Influence in Missions: The Larry Doggett Conference on Global Ministry is an annual seminar held during the fall semester that highlights opportunities for students to have a worldwide impact for Christ. Speakers and workshop leaders from around the globe are invited to campus to challenge the College family.

Alumni Homecoming is celebrated by the alumni in February. There is usually a special chapel, and an alumni banquet. Homecoming is planned by the alumni steering committee.

Boatman Leadership Intensive is held in the spring to honor Russell E. Boatman, academic dean from 1962 to1978.

Men's Day is held a Saturday in March and brings men together from area churches for fellowship, worship, teaching and preaching.

Lab Week is a week of service during the spring semester. Students work in ministries in St. Louis and throughout North America to sharpen their ministry skills and as part of their spring Compass requirements.

Potluck Palooza is an on-campus “skip day” for faculty, staff and students. It is organized by the Student Government Association.

Ethnic Dinner is hosted each Spring by World Christians United (WCU).

At the annual Awards Chapel in May, students are recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership and participation in other areas of College life.

Commencement is the formal graduation ceremony of the College. It’s a time of celebration for the College family as degrees are awarded. Commencement is held on a designated Saturday morning in May.


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