Henderson Baptist honors longtime Sunday school teacher

Henderson Baptist Church, Gray Court, honored Mary Dunn (center) during homecoming services in August. She has taught Sunday school for 62 years, 60 of which have been at Henderson. The class that she currently teaches was named in her honor. Pictured with Mary are current pastor Bryan Atkinson (left) and former pastor Mark Riser.

Bethel women craft items for children, mothers

The women of the WMU group from Bethel Baptist Church in Lake Wylie have been working on several projects. They made more than 345 pillowcase dresses for children in Appalachia and baby kits for the Pregnancy Crisis Center of York County. The kits included hand-crocheted caps, booties, bibs, pacifiers and other baby essentials. The kits are given to clients when they […]

Shiloh Church in Marietta celebrates centennial

Shiloh Baptist Church in Marietta celebrated its 100th anniversary Aug. 23 with 174 worshipers present at the morning service. Randy Bradley, director of missions for Three Rivers Baptist Association, brought the message, and Eastern Sky provided music. Dinner followed on the grounds. Shiloh held its founding meeting on Sept. 28, 1915, in a one-room log cabin […]

Lavender retires as Gaffney First Baptist’s children’s minister

Karla Buhl Lavender, minister of activities and children at Gaffney First Baptist Church, retired Aug. 31 after 37 years of service to the church. She was honored at a special service Aug. 9 and was named Minister of Activities and Children Emerita. She was also recognized by resolutions from the South Carolina Senate and the […]

Brown’s Chapel mission team ministers in Idaho

The Idaho mission team from Brown’s Chapel Baptist Church, Pacolet, traveled to Driggs, Idaho, in July. They worked with North American Mission Board cowboy church planters David and Sue Kite at a rodeo for young people at Teton Valley Baptist Church. David Kite formerly served as a pastor in North Spartan Baptist Association.

Revitalization of once-dying church is ‘Lazarus story’

When its copier was repossessed, Powdersville First Baptist Church believed the end was near. The remaining members drew up papers turning the church’s property over to the next-door neighbors. Former members heard the news and started returning, praying for God’s direction. That was nine years ago. “It’s a Lazarus story,” said pastor Brad Atkins. “The […]

Locust Hill Church surprises member with transport van

Chad Poole was diagnosed with ALS 11 years ago. Today, he uses a power wheelchair equipped with a device that allows him to express his words since he is unable to speak. He and his wife, Erin, raised $7,000 for their church in 2012 and this year volunteered to work in the Awana program. Even […]

A Call to Men to Confront Domestic Violence

You’re the pastor, and you suspect that one of your deacons — a respected family man and a person of some influence in your church — is abusing his wife. You’ve seen some warning signs, but you can’t be sure. You don’t want to believe it could be possible — not in your church. In […]

Author Brett Aiken: Is your church really ‘Open for Business’?

In “Open for Business: Getting the Church Back on Solid Ground” (Courier Publishing, 2015), Brett Aiken poses a piercing question for anyone who would take up his cross and follow Christ: In our myriad and increasingly complex ways of “doing church” in America, have we created something that no longer resembles the New Testament church? […]