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 […]

State CP giving behind budgeted needs

Two months into the fiscal year, Cooperative Program gifts from South Carolina Baptist churches were $311,848, or 6.56 percent, below budgeted needs. Churches forwarded $1,929,931 to the South Carolina Baptist Convention in February and $2,508,221 in January, according to Pam Carroll, SCBC chief financial officer. National CP giving was 0.08 percent below budgeted goals through […]

Ministry teams employ creative arts at festival, block party

This year, the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Creative Ministries Festival has been divided into two separate events. The first event took place March 22, when ministry teams held a creative ministry festival and block party in Winnsboro. Later this year, creative ministry training for leaders will be presented at the Worship Summit on Aug. 22-23 […]

South Carolina Singing Churchmen share music, engage Londoners with gospel

In March, the South Carolina Baptist Singing Churchmen partnered with the International Mission Board to present a mission tour to London and surrounding areas. Representing churches from across the Palmetto State were 25 members of the Singing Churchmen and four spouses. The group was under the direction of Mark Powers, worship and music director of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. In addition to the men’s chorus, for which the group is best known, the Churchmen also presented a seven-piece Dixieland band, a four-in-hand handbell ensemble, a gospel quartet and a barbershop quartet.

With ‘Great Commission Living’ as guide, panel to develop proposals for ‘enhancement of cooperative work’

In light of the “Great Commission Living” vision theme adopted last fall by messengers to the South Carolina Baptist Convention annual meeting, a subcommittee of the SCBC Executive Board has been tasked with bringing recommendations “regarding the enhancement of our cooperative work in South Carolina.” Kent Smith, a member of the SCBC Executive Board and pastor […]

South Carolina WMU to convene in Florence for Missions Encounter, Annual Meeting

South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union will hold its annual Missions Encounter and Annual Meeting March 21-22 at Calvary Baptist Church in Florence. Meeting under the theme, “Ignite,” women from across the state will gather to celebrate missionary work across the world, conduct business and be equipped to champion missions in their churches. The two-day meeting […]

Associational teams ‘investigate’ VBS 2014

Associational teams from around the state gathered for the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s state Vacation Bible School clinic at Spring Valley Baptist Church on Feb. 15 to begin “investigating” this year’s theme. The clinic focused on preparing leaders to use LifeWay’s 2014 VBS materials, “Agency D3: Discover, Decide, Defend,” based on an investigative agency theme. […]

SCBC budget misses mark in 2013

South Carolina Baptists were $1.14 million shy of funding the state convention budget in 2013, marking the fourth budget shortfall in the last five years. Budget receipts from churches totaled $27,458,991, about 4 percent below the $28.6 million targeted in the SCBC spending plan. The state convention budget, which is supported primarily through Cooperative Program […]