Splawn to serve as evangelism strategist for state convention

Stephen Splawn has joined the staff of the South Carolina Baptist Convention as an evangelism and African-American ministries strategist. His work will focus on relational disciple-making and African-American engagement. Splawn will help facilitate the work of the Immersion Network of churches who are attempting to implement relational disciple-making among their members. Lee Clamp, SCBC evangelism […]

‘Accepting God’s Call’ study covers Leviticus, Deuteronomy

Tommy Mann, pastor of Putman Baptist Church in Buffalo, has published “Accepting God’s Call,” a 15-part Bible study in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. The book, a followup to “Answering God’s Call,” a study of the book of Exodus, is available in paperback and ebook formats at www.tommycmann.com. “Accepting God’s Call” is suitable for group or individual […]

African-American denomination partners with Anderson University divinity school

The Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina has voted to establish a formal partnership with Clamp Divinity School at Anderson University. Clamp Divinity School will be the designated center for graduate theological education for the 1,100 predominantly African-American churches of the BEMCSC. Anderson University is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. “[This] […]

Courier Readers Share Perspectives on Sunday School

Whatever you call it — Sunday school, life groups, Bible study, or a name unique to your own congregation — the gathering together of people in small groups is central to the process of producing mature and effective disciples of Christ. “Unfortunately, I never attended Sunday school much growing up,” says Brandon Martin of First […]

Whatever Happened to Sunday School?

From the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s, Southern Baptists lived on the cutting edge of church growth, primarily by growing strong and evangelistic Sunday schools. Today we are viewed as a denomination in decline, with decreases in baptisms, worship attendance, church membership and Sunday school attendance spanning at least eight years. If Sunday school was the […]

Spartanburg DOM Jim Goodroe announces his retirement

Jim Goodroe, director of missions for Spartanburg County Baptist Network since 2000, will retire Feb. 28. He formerly pastored Camden and Sumter First Baptist churches. He was a Baptist Courier trustee for five years and served as chairman. He preached the state convention sermon in 2005 and was parliamentarian three other years. Under his leadership, […]

Longtime pastor Dan Johnston retires from North Charleston First Baptist

Dan Johnston has announced his retirement from First Baptist Church of North Charleston. He became pastor of the church more than 14 years ago following his first retirement at age 65. Previous South Carolina Baptist churches served by Johnston include Wando, Jonesville, Mount Pleasant First, Shiloh in Aiken and New Market in Greenwood, among others. […]

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, […]