Tucker opens Congressional session with prayer

Tom Tucker, senior pastor of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Mill, gave the opening prayer for the April 22 session of the United States House of Representatives. The tradition of ministers praying to open House sessions dates to 1774, when the first prayer was given by the Rev. Jacob Duche of Christ Church of […]

Spartanburg musician pens ‘Song of Grace’ for worship collection

A worship song written by Jarod Espy, music ministry assistant worship leader at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, will appear in “How Excellent,” a book of music for choir, praise teams, church orchestra and worship from Prism Music Publishing in Nashville. Espy said his composition, “Song of Grace,” is a corporate worship song written in […]

Kingstree church dedicates family life center

First Baptist Church of Kingstree held a dedication service Jan. 11 for a new family life center. Pictured, from left: Scott Feagin, building committee chairman; George Avent, trustee; Lester Branham, interim pastor; Aubrey Williamson, trustee; and Harry Adkins, associate pastor/minister of music.

Fairfax WMU group gives pillowcases to children’s hospital

The Ann Neil WMU group from Fairfax First Baptist Church recently donated a number of pillowcases to an area children’s hospital. These pillowcases were made by Dottie List, a member of the group who recently passed away, and contributed by her daughter, Michelle Galbraith.

McWhite is new pastor of Redd’s Branch Baptist Church in Aiken

Richard McWhite has been called as pastor of Redd’s Branch Baptist Church in Aiken. He previously served as an interim pastor in Greenville and as a senior pastor in Barnwell. He also has served churches in South Carolina and Georgia as a minister of music, education and youth. He and his wife, Patricia Lynn McWhite, […]

Pastor, where do you find encouragement?

In a world where the majority of churches across the Southern Baptist Convention are plateaued or declining, where even faithful church members’ attendance is spotty, where congregations bog down in debates about things that don’t matter (like the carpet color for the fellowship hall), and where a Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest/ESPN culture often trumps mission, it is easy […]

Social Media: Hashtag Dos & Don’ts for Churches

The hashtag (or # symbol) has become vital for online communication over the last few years. Church and ministry leaders can use it to better engage their target audience and bring a Christian perspective to popular topics on social media. Though the hashtag is now used on a number of social media platforms for similar […]

Aiken church pays off mortgage

Shiloh Baptist Church in Aiken held a mortgage-burning service on April 12. The church paid off a $250,000 loan for an “Extreme Church Makeover.” The 10-year note was paid off four years early thanks to the faithful giving of church members. Pictured, from left: Henry Chennault, transitional pastor; Myra Carter, vice president of Southern Bank […]

‘Seven Arrows’ aims at Bible study growth

Polished sermons and prepared Bible studies can inadvertently cause the average Christian to feel inadequate and ill-equipped to study the Scriptures themselves. The result is an ever-increasing level of biblical illiteracy in most churches and an over-dependence on preachers and sermons. With that in mind, Matt Rogers and Donny Mathis have written “Seven Arrows,” a […]

A Senior Adult in Uganda

Please explain to me why one would want to deal with three airports — waiting, running and riding for roughly 24 hours, sleeping only briefly. Or ride an old bus with a very hard seat, cramped between luggage for five hours, over roads that were often not paved and often painful to bump across! Or […]