‘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 […]

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 […]

Spinner Allen new leader at McCall Royal Ambassador Camp

A former camper and staff member at Camp McCall in Pickens County is returning home. Matt “Spinner” Allen has been named the associate director of camps and conference centers at the 300-acre camp for boys and men owned by the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Allen’s position was previously referred to as the camp director. As […]

Cooperative Program giving from South Carolina Baptist 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 […]

North Greenville University president Jimmy Epting to step down in May

(This story was updated February 2, 2015) The North Greenville University board of trustees has announced that Jimmy Epting, the school’s president for the last 23 years, will be taking a sabbatical leave during the current semester and will retire at the end of the school’s fiscal year in May. “We are deeply grateful to […]

SCBC unveils transitional worship pastor ministry

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 […]

Close Encounters: Sharing Christ with a Loved One

Sharing Christ with the people who are closest to you is often the hardest thing to do. You worry about the awkward moment. You are concerned that talking about your faith will spoil your relationship. You don’t feel adequate to talk with a family member about the need for Jesus in their life because that […]

State CP giving trails budget goal

With one month left in the fiscal year, giving from South Carolina Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program was running more than $1.6 million behind budgeted levels for 2014. Through November, CP gifts of $24.4 million were 6.46 percent below budgeted needs of $26.1 million, according to information released by Pam Carroll, SCBC chief financial […]

Committee begins search for new Baptist state executive

The search committee charged with finding a new executive to lead the South Carolina Baptist Convention has developed a “healthy chemistry” and a “God-centered, brotherly tenor,” attributes that will be essential in reaching a unified decision, says the group’s chairman. Marshall Blalock, pastor of Charleston First Baptist Church and chairman of the search committee, told […]

SCBC’s Public Affairs Committee presents awards

Churches and individuals were honored at the South Carolina Baptist Convention annual meeting for their efforts in promoting biblical values in the arena of public opinion and legislation. The SCBC’s Christian Life & Public Affairs Committee presented awards to Forestville Baptist Church in Greenville, foster children’s advocate Randy Harling, and S.C. Rep. Garry R. Smith. […]