Church-planting vision tour targets Halifax

Nestled halfway up the eastern coast of Nova Scotia is the booming city of Halifax. Famous for its natural harbor, one of the largest in the world, Halifax is known as the cultural center of Atlantic Canada. With more than 400,000 people living in Nova Scotia’s capital, the need for evangelical churches is great. Yet […]

SCBC releases May CP giving report

Cooperative Program gifts from churches forwarded to the South Carolina Baptist Convention were 2.61 percent behind budgeted needs through May. In May, churches sent $2,220,729 in CP gifts, according to information released by Pam Carroll, the SCBC’s chief financial officer. Receipts for the year were $310,467 short of budgeted needs of $11,875,000. At the national […]

Call for nominations for SCBC boards, committees

South Carolina Baptists are encouraged to nominate qualified persons to serve on the standing committees and the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention as well as the boards of the SCBC’s seven affiliated institutions. If you wish to nominate someone, visit The deadline for nominations is July 17.

Jim Austin stepping down as SCBC chief executive

Jim Austin, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention since April 2007, has announced that he will retire on Oct. 7 of this year. Dwight Easler, chairman of the SCBC Executive Board, confirmed to The Courier that Austin, 60, told the Executive Board of his decision on May 28. Easler provided a copy of […]

SCBC official: Bats cleared, White Oak Conference Center safe for summer campers

With summer camps for youth and children set to begin in early June, the problem of bats invading sleeping quarters at White Oak Conference Center appears to be solved, an official says. Parents should “absolutely” feel confident in sending their children to stay overnight at White Oak, said Roger Orman, an associate executive director for […]

SCBC’s Robert Grant joining staff of Baptist Foundation of South Carolina

Robert Grant, a veteran South Carolina Baptist Convention staff member, will become resource development director with the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina on July 7. The transition ends Grant’s 31-year career with the state convention staff, during which time he has served the convention’s churches through Sunday school and church business administration. The Baptist Foundation is a ministry partner with the state convention.

SCBC ‘on offensive for gospel’ despite shrinking CP giving, Austin says

In his report at the April 7-8 meeting of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, SCBC executive director-treasurer Jim Austin expressed optimism in the face of declining Cooperative Program gifts from churches. Austin noted that CP receipts from churches fell to $27.34 million in 2013, down from $28.52 million in 2012 and […]

SCBC spends $48,000 battling bats at conference center

A problem with bats invading buildings at the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s conference center near Winnsboro, in Fairfield County, has already cost $48,000 and still persists. In the past few weeks, bats have been found inside guest rooms at White Oak Conference Center on four occasions, almost a year after professional exterminators displaced “thousands” of […]

State Cooperative Program giving behind budget through March

Cooperative Program gifts received from churches by the South Carolina Baptist Convention were more than $600,000 short of budgeted needs in the first three months of 2014. According to figures released by Pam Carroll, SCBC chief financial officer, CP gifts forwarded by churches through the end of March were $601,814, or 8.45 percent, behind budgeted […]

Evangelism Conference 2014: Passing the Truth of the Gospel to the Next Generation

Like most of the speakers at the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s annual Evangelism Conference, held Feb. 18-20 at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley, Michael Catt emphasized sharing Christ and reaching the next generation. Talking about the large numbers of people being saved and filling the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York, he noted, “They have […]