Flu outbreak prompts churches to take precautions

Johnny Nix of Pickett’s Mill Baptist Church has asked volunteers to consider staying away. Like so many other churches, Nix and the Dallas, Ga., church he leads are locked in a battle with the flu. “We’ve instructed our volunteers and workers to postpone coming by for a couple of weeks if they or someone in […]

S.C. Baptist Ministries for Aging eyeing growth into Midlands

South Carolina Baptist Ministries for the Aging has announced that it will study the feasibility of establishing a presence in the Midlands region of the state. SCBMA, which is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, currently operates two retirement campuses — Martha Franks Retirement Community in Laurens and Bethea Retirement Community in Darlington. Last […]

400 make commitments at Lowcountry ‘Go Tell’ crusade

More than 400 people made commitments to Christ at a Lowcountry Go Tell Crusade Oct. 15-18 in Bamberg. More than 20 churches were involved in the evangelistic effort, which included sharing the gospel with 3,500-plus people, including 1,500 students, said evangelist Rick Gage. “Response was more than we expected,” said Charlie Lucas, crusade chairman and […]

‘REVIVE: Christ and His Church’ coming to S.C. in December

In May 2015, Mark Clifton and Jeff Christopherson from the North American Mission Board asked Henry and Richard Blackaby if they would write a book to encourage and challenge struggling churches and base the book on Henry’s experience at Faith Baptist Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, in the 1970s. The Blackabys were responsive to the […]

Anderson University recognized for graduate programs by Christian Web resource

Anderson University’s graduate programs have been named among the top 25 Christian university programs nationally by Christian Universities Online for 2017. Christian Universities Online (http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/) is an independent online resource for students and families researching Christian higher education. The site publishes rankings and reviews of the best Christian colleges and universities, information about Christian scholarships […]

George Bullard elected DOM for Columbia-Metro Association

George Bullard, former staff member of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, was elected unanimously as director of missions for Columbia-Metro Baptist Association on June 29. From 1985 to 1999, he served as missions director and later led the state convention’s strategic development and growth teams. From 1981 to 1985, he worked with the Metropolitan Missions […]

Retiring Columbia Metro Association DOM Bill Dieckmann honored

Writer: Karen Hulvey, Columbia Metro Baptist Association By formal proclamation of the mayor, March 24 was William P. Dieckmann Day in the city of Columbia. It was the day Columbia Metro Baptist Association celebrated Dieckmann’s retirement after 40 years of ministry, including 28 years at the association, the last 13 years as director of missions. The day […]

Marion GAs bake goods to support children’s center

Bake sales are not uncommon across the Pee Dee or anywhere else in America. However, the one held March 26 by the Girls in Action program at Marion Baptist Church cooked up quite a donation for the Durant Children’s Center. A Friday night mother-daughter lock-in March 24 gave the approximately two dozen first- through sixth-grade […]

Guest Viewpoint: The Key

Every day since last January, I’ve worn this necklace — a simple chain and an old brass key. A lot of people thought it was just a key to my house or my dorm, but it has so much more meaning than that. Over the last year, I have seen the Lord do incredible things […]

Barry Edwards to retire as S.C. Baptist Foundation president this year

Barry B. Edwards, president and chief executive officer of the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina, has announced that he will retire Aug. 31 of this year. “After much prayer and deliberation, it’s time to retire and spend more time with Alice, my wife of 54 years, our children, our children-in-love [son- and daughter-in-law] and our […]