Varnville pastor to be nominated for SCBC president

Tommy Kelly, pastor of First Baptist Church of Varnville, has told The Courier he will be nominated for president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at the Nov. 11-12 annual meeting at Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia. Brad Goodale, pastor of Philippi Baptist Church in Union, will nominate Kelly. Kelly currently serves as SCBE first vice […]

How does your church protect children from abuse?

The Childhood Ministry Group of the South Carolina Baptist Convention recommends that all churches take measures to make sure children are protected from abuse in the church. Basic steps might include something as simple as making sure there are always two adults in the room, according to Sue Harmon, associate director of the SCBC Childhood Ministry […]

South Carolina church is Southern Baptist Convention’s largest

A South Carolina church with multiple campuses tops the list of the largest SBC churches in the nation, according to Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. NewSpring Church, based in Anderson, has more than 27,000 people in attendance each Sunday at its 10 South Carolina campuses. […]

Volunteer carpenters frame up Three Rivers Association building

Three Rivers Baptist Association is building a new mission center. Recently, more than 100 volunteer carpenters from all over South Carolina converged in Greer to frame the building. The 5,000-square-foot mission center will house offices, meeting rooms, a conference center, disaster relief trailers and other outreach supplies. The two acres of land were donated by […]

Children’s Bible Drill: Impacting Children, Families and Churches

Writer: Caroline Perez They looked like 10, 11, and 12-year-olds, but with Bibles grasped tightly in their hands, they were transformed into fearless, fierce and fast Bible drillers. On April 26, more than 140 children gathered from across South Carolina to demonstrate their Bible skills at the State Children’s Bible Drill. Children, leaders and parents […]

State CP giving behind budget through 2nd quarter

Gifts from South Carolina Baptist churches to the Cooperative Program were running 6.63 percent below budgeted needs halfway through the 2014 budget year. According to figures released by Pam Carroll, chief financial officer for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, churches forwarded $13,304,530 in CP gifts through June — $945,470 short of budgeted needs of $14,250,000. […]

SBC’s Frank Page to serve as Simpsonville interim pastor

Frank Page, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, will begin serving as interim pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church on July 27. Page is a former SBC president and served as pastor of Taylors First Baptist Church from 2001-2009. He most recently served as interim pastor at North Augusta First Baptist […]

Has a teacher changed your life?

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Longtime music minister J.N. McFadden retires

J.N. McFadden, a 60-year veteran in music ministry, recently retired as minister of music at United Baptist Church, Spartanburg. His music ministry spanned 65 years, five states and 12 full-time churches, as well as numerous interim positions. McFadden began his first position at Arkwright Baptist Church on Jan. 1, 1949. He went on to become an […]

Third-generation Scripture memorizer wins State Youth Bible Drill

Teenagers from across the state gathered in Columbia May 3 for the 2014 State Youth Bible Drill. As families and church leaders looked on, the teens demonstrated their prowess at handling and memorizing the Bible. After preliminary drills, the eight highest-scoring young people competed in the final drill. When the final scores were tallied, Taylor […]