Multiplication ‘part of the DNA’ of Mt. Pleasant church plant

The Church at LifePark is located several miles from its founding church, First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant. In just a few years’ time, LifePark has seen about 600 baptisms and welcomes 1,700 people a week to worship services. The young church has put down roots in a growing community, implemented a strong ministry transitioning […]

Literacy teams serve refugee community abroad

Trained literacy missions volunteers from South Carolina and neighboring states are partnering to reach Syrian refugees through a 10-week pilot language project anchored in Europe. Former missionaries and members of the National Literacy Missions organization collaborated to develop the curriculum and volunteer base, which is staffing the five teams serving onsite. Bob* and Anne*, former […]

Pastors are getting older, delaying retirement

America’s pastors aren’t getting any younger. There are now more pastors over age 65 than under 40, a demographic shift over the past three generations that portends major challenges for the future church as baby boomer pastors age and die. According to a recent study by the Barna Group, the median age of Protestant pastors […]

With CP support faltering, SCBC offers early retirement incentive

An early retirement incentive recently offered to 33 employees of the South Carolina Baptist Convention does not reflect immediate serious financial difficulties for the state denomination, even though Cooperative Program support from churches has tumbled over the past decade and shows few signs of rebounding. SCBC executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth told The Courier there is […]

Boomers’ Retirement Prospects Not Like Their Parents

Baby boomers, those Americans born between 1946 and 1964, are retiring at a rate of about 10,000 a day. On average, members of this group, comprising approximately 79 million people, feel nine years younger than their actual ages. The boomer generation has changed society at every juncture of its developmental life, and it is predicted […]

Chris Holliday is new Courier business manager

Chris Holliday, 54, an accountant with more than 30 years of experience as a small business owner, has been named business manager for The Baptist Courier. He began his duties May 1 working alongside Debbie Grooms, who will retire as business manager on June 29. A 1984 graduate of Central Wesleyan College (now Southern Wesleyan […]

Gene Fant begins duties as North Greenville University president

North Greenville University’s new president, Gene Fant Jr., hit the ground running as he officially began his service on June 1 — not on campus, but in New York City. First, he met with George Russ, executive director of the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association, before heading to serve as a delegate at the Higher Ed Leaders […]

‘God at the Founding’ is a prayer guide for small groups

When Betty Killian lost her husband of 64 years in 2015, she realized she was no longer a pastor’s wife and had no particular place of service. Then she felt God leading her to start a weekly prayer meeting in her home. She and her friends gathered to discuss God’s miracles — both from the […]

Obituary: Dan Page

Daniel Franklin Page, 83, of Greenville, died May 8, 2017. Born in Columbus County, N.C., he was a graduate of Chowan Junior College, Carson-Newman College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the ministry in 1955 and was a pastor in North Carolina and Virginia before serving as director of missions in Oxford, […]

Author hopes to help those in grief

Bill McEntire, pastor of Black Creek Baptist Church in Darlington, has written a book that recounts the struggle of losing a spouse to death. After his wife passed away, McEntire had a difficult time readjusting to life. In “Never the Same,” he shares his story of having a supportive family and a community of faith […]