Welcome! Second Presbyterian is an inclusive, progressive church is St. Louis' Central West End,
dedicated to serving others & changing lives.
Our congregation welcomes all Christians to full participation
and membership regardless of sex, age, race, ethnic background, disability, marital status,
sexual orientation, political ideals or worldly condition.
Second Presbyterian Church is a community with a purpose!
Intentionally tethered to St. Louis' historic Central West End –
Joyfully committed to ministry in a diverse, urban environment –
Faithfully dedicated to being a church that is open and inclusive.
We believe faith is personal but not private;
we seek to worship and serve God in community,
struggling to encounter the Risen Christ in one another,
and, through our worship and service,
to deepen our spiritual life.
Our Core Values
As an engaged community of spiritual friends and followers of Jesus, we are:
- Committed – joyfully serving others
- Diverse – celebrating our differences
- Welcoming – opening our doors and our hearts
- Searching – seeking to understand God's truth
- Relevant – integrating the Gospel into today's world
What do Progressive Presbyterians believe?
All Christians share some common beliefs and traditions – rooted in the basic conviction that
Jesus is Lord – of our lives and the life of the world. But buried in that core belief are a variety of
ways to interpret scripture, and understand the mystery of God. As "Progressive Presbyterians",
Second Presbyterian Church affirms the following ideas:
- Jesus Christ is both human and divine, but it is his earthly life and teachings that form
the pattern for our own living as disciples and those created in the image of God.
- The Bible is the authoritative witness of God's redeeming action throughout history – a
book of history, poetry, ethics, and moral philosophy. Scripture is true – metaphorically
and poetically – but is not always factually true. The Bible is interpreted afresh in each
generation through the lens of science, contemporary culture, the arts and human
experience. Both the Hebrew scriptures and the writings of the New Testament are
authoritative for Presbyterians. The ministry and teachings of Jesus are the lens through
which we read all of scripture.
- For Presbyterians, Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life for us as individuals. But
other religious and spiritual traditions are also ways to meet and experience God. It is not
our job to decide who is "saved" and who is not.
- Each person is created in the "image of God" and is given a vocation to be God's person
and sign in the world. Through baptism all of us are blessed and called to be "ministers"
– using the gifts of the spirit that God gives us a birth to build up God's reign of peace,
justice, and love on earth.
- Central doctrines of the Christian tradition are key to Presbyterians, too – as metaphorical
constructs to try and explain the power, sovereignty, and mystery of God. Questions,
doubts, and dialogue about doctrine is part of the Christian journey:
- Trinity – God as three persons or manifestations – Creator (or Father); Christ (or
Son, and Holy Spirit;
- Resurrection – spiritual re-creation, both in life and after death;
- Sin – we all fall short of the image of God planted in our lives, causing alienation
and separation from God and from one another;
- Forgiveness – God's free gift of love reconciling us to God and each other;
- Grace – God's unmerited and unexpected blessing that surprises us and heals us
and cherishes us within the shadows and the sunshine of our living.
- The Church is "the resurrected body of Christ" on earth – the way that Jesus, Risen and
Alive, comes again and again and again to renew and redeem the world. When we "join
the church" we become a part of a community of sinners and saints who are called to be
salt, and light, and yeast in the world – a demonstration of what God intends for all of
To learn more about Prebyterian beliefs, history, and organizational structure, please see our
Come & Consider packet.
As Presbyterians we are a part of a connected family – accross the country and around the world.
Learn more about the Presbyterian Church (USA).
PCUSA has a free newsfeed that will send daily (or weekly) stories to you via email: