Multiplication ‘part of the DNA’ of Mt. Pleasant church plant

The Church at LifePark is located several miles from its founding church, First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant. In just a few years’ time, LifePark has seen about 600 baptisms and welcomes 1,700 people a week to worship services. The young church has put down roots in a growing community, implemented a strong ministry transitioning […]

Prayer-walking connects Greenwood congregation with community in tangible way

Members of Abney Memorial Baptist Church in Greenwood have prayer-walked every street within a five-mile radius of the church. Through a two-year intentional community outreach, the church has walked past 2,000 homes and businesses and prayed for the people living or working inside. According to pastor Brent Bennett, it’s become a meaningful ministry that affects […]

Tending to Spiritual Needs after the Disaster

Georgiana Haselden survived the devastating floods of 2015 that demolished her home in Hemingway. Almost exactly one year later, she faced Hurricane Matthew’s impact to the same area. Now, because of ongoing disaster relief survivor care ministry efforts in her town, Haselden faces future life crises with the living hope of Jesus Christ. “Disaster relief […]

New South Carolina Baptist history book slated for 2020 publication

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has engaged Josh Powell, a Lexington pastor, to write a new history of the state denomination, with an expected release date close to the convention’s 200th anniversary in 2020. The convention’s history committee is overseeing the three-year project. Michael Bryant, executive vice president of Charleston Southern University and chair of the SCBC […]

Upstate ministries serve a growing Japanese community

Three major Japanese companies will open industrial plants in the Upstate over the next year. Along with creating thousands of new jobs, the companies will move hundreds of Japanese executives, workers and families into the Moore, Greer and Simpsonville areas. Groups that teach English as a second language, along with other South Carolina Baptist ministries, […]

Prisoner packets meet needs, spread holiday cheer

South Carolina Baptists provided 23,957 prisoner packets for state inmates this holiday season. On Monday, Dec. 5, at St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia, about 130 volunteers and inmates from four institutions worked together to check the contents and bag the packets for delivery. They were distributed the following day to adult inmates in the South Carolina […]

Church’s ESL ministry reaches Midlands refugees

The English-as-a-second-language program at Kilbourne Park Baptist Church in Columbia offers basic assistance to a new segment of the Midlands’ population: refugees. The church organized the ministry last year after about a dozen volunteers were trained by South Carolina Baptist Convention consultant Dot Whitmire. “We have thousands, maybe millions, of people coming into this country […]

WMU showers Christmas blessings on flooded Nichols community

The tiny community of Nichols dodged direct impact from October’s Hurricane Matthew but caught the brunt of tremendous flooding two days later. Water from the Lumber River surged through the town of 400 residents, destroying homes, vehicles and personal belongings. In the weeks since, government assistance and countless volunteers have helped residents in the recovery process. […]

‘Charleston Christmas Store’ spreads a new kind of cheer

For the last seven years, low-income Charleston residents have had access to a special holiday store run by members of First Baptist Church of Charleston. The concept is simple: “Neighbors” can buy new, donated items at up to 90 percent off of retail prices. According to the church’s minister to children, Emory Hiott, the ministry […]

Chesnee churches unite to ‘love their city’

Earlier this year, 16 churches from across the Chesnee community participated in creative service projects and outreach opportunities on the first “Love Your City” day. Several revivals occurred in the weeks that followed, and some projects have become ongoing ministries. Pastor Daniel Godfrey of Arrowwood Baptist Church imagined a ministry day like this over a […]