S.C. Executive Board receives update on White Oak bids

Meeting Oct. 5 in Columbia, the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention heard details of new position openings at the SCBC and an update on bids placed for the sale of White Oak Conference Center.

Chairman Albert Allen presided over the quarterly business meeting at the SCBC building, which also included reports from several ministry partners.

Chief Administrative Officer Scott Lee discussed personnel changes at the Baptist convention and updates regarding bids for the White Oak Conference Center. Lee said that the SCBC remains hopeful that WOCC will have a recommendation in December.

Executive Director-Treasurer Gary Hollingsworth discussed how the Denominee consult is helping the SCBC clarify its vision and mission.

Chairman Talmadge Tobias of the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee reported that the committee discussed a Capital Improvement Fund for long-term capital needs. Out of current undesignated funds, a potential plan for spreading ministry further with $1 million will be brought in December.

Ryan Goodroe, chairman of the Priority Advancement Committee, shared two positions that the SCBC will look to fill in the coming year: a Next Generation mobilizer and a Next Generation Evangelism strategist, both focusing on getting the next generation involved and mobilized for ministry.

Jamie Duncan, chairman of the Operations Committee, spoke about a $13,000 plumbing and dining hall project for Camp McCall.

Doug Mize, chairman of the Kingdom Advancement Committee, reported that four SCBC associations have new leaders and six associations are looking for new leaders. Mize also reported that 53 undergraduate scholarships and 65 seminary scholarships were given this past year.

During its business session, board members heard from several ministry partners, including Nathan McCarthy, president and CEO of the Baptist Foundation; Dondi Costin, president of Charleston Southern University; and Tom Turner, president of South Carolina Baptist Ministries of Aging.

Costin shared about how universities are “platforms for the propagation of the gospel.” In a typical year, Charleston Southern sees about 100 students come to Christ.

Tom Turner shared that the SCBMA opened a new nursing facility at the Bethea Retirement Community. He also shared that through the Billy Graham Call Center, Martha Franks residents are taking calls every other Tuesday from crusades when they are rebroadcasted. To date, they have received 2,675 total calls that resulted in 802 salvations, 224 rededications, and 300 assurances.

The Executive Board will convene again Dec. 9.