Informed Baptists Are Better Equipped to Serve
As followers of Christ, South Carolina Baptists should have a knowledge of denominational news and events occurring across the state, nation and world. The Baptist Courier provides a vital link to the work of Southern Baptists who labor in His Name, encouraging all to be doers and not just hearers of the Word.
Established in 1869 and adopted as the official newspaper of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 1920, the Baptist Courier is in the news business, of course. But it also is in the good news business, telling the story of how South Carolina Baptists are working together to carry out the requirements of the Great Commission and serving as a tool for assisting church members along their individual journeys of faith as well as the collective faith journey shared by all members of the convention’s more than 2,100 churches.
The methods by which people receive and process information are constantly evolving. The explosive growth of online information technology over the past two decades is rivaled only by the invention of television more than half a century ago. An increasing number of people prefer to get their news online; arguably, the trend will only accelerate in the next decade. The Baptist Courier is committed to utilizing the Internet, email and emerging information technologies to fulfill our mission to make our stories available to every South Carolina Baptist.
Because we are not bound by space limitations online, we regularly post content to our online edition that doesn’t appear in our printed magazine. We update our online edition with fresh stories, in essence publishing a “daily” edition of The Baptist Courier to complement our traditional printed edition, which is mailed monthly directly to the homes of subscribing South Carolina Baptists. Some features of our online edition include instant email news alerts, a Spanish-language section (through our partnership with Baptist Press), instant polling, searchable archives and, because we are not bound by the space limitations of the printed edition, the ability to publish an unlimited number of stories from our churches.
Here are some other interesting facts about the Courier:
- Nearly two of every three South Carolina Baptist churches have a paid subscriber relationship with the Courier. The remaining churches receive complimentary subscriptions for their pastors and key leaders. (If you know of a pastor who is not receiving a paid or complimentary subscription, please contact us at 1-888-667-4693 or [email protected].)
- Through our printed edition, The Baptist Courier reaches into the homes of 46,000 families. Through our online edition, the Courier is available to every single South Carolina Baptist.
- More than 86 percent of Courier readers receive the magazine through the Church Family Plan, which is among the lowest priced subscription plans of our state Baptist papers. Any South Carolina Baptist church, regardless of size, qualifies for our lowest rate ($9 per family) by sending the Courier to every active family.
- Through the trial subscription plan, any church can send the Courier free to every family for three months. To sign up, or to request information, visit our sign-up page or call 1-888-667-4693.
The Baptist Courier cherishes its relationship with the South Carolina Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. Like them, the Courier has a restlessness to reach the world with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ and to be an ally of both the SCBC and the SBC in Great Commission ministry.
Through news and feature stories, the Courier consistently gives support to the missions endeavors of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and to a variety of other ministries performed by the convention staff in helping SCBC churches achieve success in their own ministries.
The Baptist Courier will continue its best efforts to serve the Lord as a denominational magazine, remaining true to its role as a Cooperative Program ministry supporting the goals of Experiencing Kingdom Life in South Carolina and throughout the Southern Baptist Convention.
Promoting Your Church
Reporting News About Your Church
The Courier reports news of interest to South Carolina Baptists. To contribute news from your church, call, write or email the editor at:
Phone: (864) 232-8736
Toll-free: (888) 667-4693
Fax: (864) 232-8488
Address: 100 Manly St, Greenville, SC 29601
Email: [email protected]