Letter: The Toughest Job in America?

In his book, “By The Stream,” Monty Hale quotes leadership guru Peter Drucker, saying that the four toughest jobs in America are: president of the United States, a hospital administrator, a university president, and the pastor of a local church. Are you surprised by number four? I mean, just how difficult can it be to be […]

New book offers Scripture-based approach to hot-button issues

Ernest Ray Winburn, a Southern Baptist pastor, has written “Beyond the Issues: The Essentiality of Authority, Truth, Values and Spirituality,” a new release from Courier Publishing. Winburn examines the social and political issues that dominate the news headlines and offers a quartet of “timeless and universal” realities that should inform a Christian’s response. He identifies […]

‘Worry’ now available as 8-part video teaching series

Courier Publishing has released an eight-part study on the subject of worry that can be used by small groups or Bible-study classes in churches. Authored by Courier editor Rudy Gray, “Worry: The Silent Killer” offers a scriptural approach to dealing with worry, an affliction that Gray argues is curable even though it affects most people, […]

NGU mission teams serve in North America, around the world

North Greenville University sent out two international mission teams and one North America team over Christmas break. The international teams traveled to South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and the North America team served in Cleveland, Ohio. Pictured are members of the group that traveled to Cleveland in partnership with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

David Kessler is new bivocational pastor at Pelion Baptist Church

David S. Kessler has been called as bivocational pastor of Pelion Baptist Church. A graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible College and Wingate University with additional studies at Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity, Kessler comes to Pelion after 12 years of pastoring North Carolina churches and 10 years as director of religious education for the U.S. […]

Skip Owens retires from CSU staff

James W. “Skip” Owens has retired as director of denominational relations at Charleston Southern University. The 1976 CSU graduate had served his alma mater since 2001 and was previously a pastor in South Carolina. He is a former president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and has served as a trustee at CSU and at […]

‘Generations Group’ targets new approach to children’s formation

A recently formed staff group of the South Carolina Baptist Convention will help churches implement spiritual-formation concepts for children from preschool age through college. The “Generations Group,” approved at the December meeting of the SCBC Executive Board, will provide a comprehensive approach to age-group church ministry support, intentionally building a framework of spiritual formation concepts […]

Letter: Support Singing Churchmen scholarship

For many years, the South Carolina Baptist Singing Churchmen have inspired church congregations and convention attendees with glorious sounds of musical praise to our Lord. Their vast variety of musical styles has allowed them to engage diverse audiences, including musical missions all over the globe. Realizing the need to attract younger members, the Singing Churchmen […]

S.C. students earn degrees at Southeastern

Twelve South Carolinians were awarded degrees during fall commencement ceremonies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. Receiving a master of divinity degree were Olin Bradley of Greenville, Jason David Elvington of Anderson, Grady Earl Ogburn of Winnsboro, Christopher Marshall Blalock of Charleston, Richard Andrew Bradley of Pelzer, Brandon Robert Boyles of Charleston, […]

CP giving from South Carolina churches improves in 2014

Although the South Carolina Baptist Convention fell short of meeting its 2014 budget, gifts from churches to the Cooperative Program were up for the year. Churches forwarded $27,625,409 toward the state convention’s $28.5 million CP budget in 2014. Although CP gifts were 3.07 percent below budgeted amounts, South Carolina Baptists gave $279,669 more than they […]