**For a pictorial directory of the Dedication of the Dennis & Gay Burton Conference Center, held on Sunday, June 7, 2015, click here.
Union Baptist Association was organized in 1854, and named Brown Creek Association. The name was changed to Union Baptist Association in 1884. Today, Union Baptist Association is made up of (77) seventy-seven Southern Baptist Churches. Despite many changes through the years, the association's reason for existence has never altered. Union Baptist Association exists to help Baptist churches of Union County, North Carolina, tell the story of Jesus Christ and His love.
Union Baptist Association member congregations elect messengers based on membership totals. It is the responsibility of messengers to attend four quarterly sessions of the Union Baptist Association, referred to as the Spring Session (April), Summer Session (July), Annual Session (October), and Winter Session (January). These four sessions provide a time of worship, fellowship, training opportuities, and information. Messengers are asked to report back to their church after each session and share the information. The April Spring Session will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 2528 Stack Road, Monroe NC 28112. Fellowship & refreshments will begin at 6 pm followed by the session at 7 pm. Rev. Jean Paul Faria, pastor at New Life Brazilian Baptist Church will bring the message. The July Summer Session will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 4013 New Town Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173. The 161st Annual Session will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Mountain Springs Baptist Church, 2509 Mountain Springs Church Road, Monroe NC 28112. Afternoon session will begin at 2 pm and the evening session will begin at 7 pm. Dr. Dennis Burton, Director of Missions of Union Baptist Association will be the preacher for the Annual Sermon
Our member congregations complete an annual report provided by the Baptist State Convention, know as the Congregation Profile. This report, due in early October each year, provides vital information for planning and assistance from the Union Baptist Association, Baptist State Convention and Southern Baptist Convention, which includes training conferences, sample Sunday School literature, Vacation Bible School Resources, Discipleship training, evangelism, and new work initiatives. The information received from these reports is included in the UBA Annual each year, which is a resource/reference manual for churches.
"What is the role of the Association today?"
1) Associations are doctrinally-based fellowships of churches on mission in their setting, 2) Associations are self-governing Baptist bodies created by the churches not by the denomination, 3) While self-governance is an indisputable right of every Baptist body, it is tempered by the necessity for, the spirit of, and the duty to practice interdependence and cooperation.