Hickory Grove baptizes 11 during VBS

Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Conway had a successful Vacation Bible School in July, with an average attendance of 105 and 23 new visitors. Also, 11 professions of faith were recorded, and 11 children were baptized during commencement services on July 23. More than $1,000 was collected during the week for two local charities. “I […]

Two thriving Beaufort church plants are just a few miles apart

When he felt God calling him into new work 15 years ago, David Holland was on staff at The Baptist Church of Beaufort. Fulfilled in ministry and content in his church, Holland says he began to recognize spiritual disconnect in his community as he met neighbors and engaged other parents at his children’s activities. “The […]

Pastor goes all-orange for VBS missions offering

At new Beginning Baptist Church in Waterloo, pastor Allen Gregory, a University of South Carolina fan, challenged the kids in Vacation Bible School to raise $250 for missions. If they met the goal, he promised to dye his beard Clemson orange. They exceeded the challenge (with the help of adults) and raised almost $495, so […]

McNider called as pastor of Mountville Baptist Church

J. Allie McNider has been called as pastor of Mountville Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Carson-Newman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served churches in six states and has led conferences and served as a consultant for LifeWay Christian Resources. He contributed to the writing of the book “Youth Ministry From the […]

Hank Fanning to pastor Pineview Church in Kershaw

Hank Fanning has been called as pastor of Pineview Baptist Church in Kershaw. He previously pastored West Creek Baptist Church in Batesburg and Highland Baptist Church in Orangeburg. He holds an associate degree from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist College in Orangeburg, and a master of divinity degree from Andersonville […]

Pastor compensation studied by financial planner

It happens often in Southern Baptist life: A church offers a prospective pastor a salary it thinks is reasonable, and the pastor — not wanting to appear greedy — begrudgingly accepts. But down the road, when tax season arrives or when retirement approaches, the pastor realizes he should have spoken up. It is a financial […]

Survey: VBS is top summer activity for churches

When we asked South Carolina Baptist churches in an online survey to tell us what activities they had planned for the summer, it was no surprise that Vacation Bible School came in at number one, with 84 percent of 25 responding churches reporting they will hold VBS. A majority of churches have also scheduled youth […]

Wahalla church installs miniature outdoor lending library

It’s not high tech and doesn’t replace the church’s much larger brick-and-mortar library, but this tiny structure is open 24/7. The prayer of church members at College Street Baptist Church in Walhalla is that it will help share the love of Christ and spread the gospel message outside the church’s walls. Church member and Gideon […]