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

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, according to a Jan. 6 news release. “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. […]

New SCBC president touts relational evangelism

Tommy Kelly, pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church, is the new president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The 51-year-old was elected by messengers to the SCBC annual meeting in Columbia on Nov. 12. He succeeds D.J. Horton. Convention presidents serve one-year terms. Kelly was one of two nominees for the office and received 235 […]

SCBC 2014: Messengers OK bylaw changes; approve new office of president-elect

Messengers to the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s annual meeting Nov. 11 approved changes to the convention’s bylaws that create the office of president-elect and clarify what it means to be a “bona fide” contributor to the convention’s work based on Cooperative Program giving. Messengers will elect a candidate in 2015 to serve a one-year term as president-elect of […]

SCBC 2014: With resolutions, S.C. Baptists endorse biblical marriage, decry Christian persecution

Editor’s note: Full-text versions of the resolutions adopted Nov. 11 by SCBC messengers can be read here. South Carolina Baptist Convention messengers adopted a slate of resolutions Nov. 11 reaffirming support for biblical marriage, urging elected officials to combat Christian persecution, and encouraging congregations to become more vigilant in protecting victims of abuse and neglect. […]