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 […]
During the last few weeks, many South Carolina Baptist Convention churches have been disturbed and puzzled by the Christmas Eve sermon by Perry Noble of NewSpring Church, a church affiliated with the SCBC. This also precipitated a review and apology from this pastor on his blog. However, his 2014 Christmas Eve message and his theological […]
Churches looking for resources to help raise awareness for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on Jan. 18 may request fliers from Piedmont Women’s Center in Greenville. Contact Tami Howell at 864-848-1381 for details.
Juan Molina, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Alpha y Omega in Landrum, was named Small Church Pastor of the Year during the November meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Originally from Mexico, Molina immigrated to the U.S. and began working in construction. While in Florida, he was invited to church services, and his life was […]
“I was depressed and felt all alone, even though I was surrounded by people.” “When I was diagnosed with depression, I felt as though I finally understood why I felt alone,” said one man after seeking help through his doctor. “However,” he continued, “I still was afraid of telling anyone in my church about my […]
Responding to an “overwhelming need in our churches,” the Worship & Music Office of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in October 2014 launched a transitional worship pastor ministry. In adapting LifeWay Christian Resource’s transitional pastor manual, Mark Powers, director of the SCBC Worship & Music Office, worked with Monty Hale, SCBC Pastoral Ministries director, to […]
Scott H. Vail was recently called as senior pastor of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Fort Mill. He previously served as executive pastor of Calvary Church, Charlotte, N.C. Vail and his wife, Kim, have three children.
Bobby Jones, pastor of Rocky River Baptist Church, Iva, celebrated 50 years of ministry on Dec. 13. He was ordained Dec. 13, 1964, by Friendship Baptist Church, Abbeville, and the late Bill Ellison served as moderator of the ordination council. During his ministry, Jones has held nine pastorates at churches in South Carolina. He and his wife, Grace, reside in Calhoun Falls. They have […]
Courier editor Rudy Gray tells the story of when he was a youth director at his home church and took a group of kids out for an evening of miniature golf and hamburgers at McDonalds. Even though he’d told the teens to bring enough cash for the outing, one of the girls did not, and […]
Anderson University presented its 2014 South Carolina Baptist Pastor of the Year awards Nov. 10 at the South Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference in Columbia. The annual awards are designed to recognize some of the most outstanding pastors in the South Carolina Baptist Convention and are based on the following criteria: having served in South Carolina […]