WMU publishes executive board, committee nominees

South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union has announced the nominees for 2017-18 executive board positions and nominees for 2018 nominating committee positions. Election of board members will take place March 24 during the WMU annual meeting at First Baptist Church in Boiling Springs. The nominating committee is responsible for nominations to the executive board. The committee […]

Bethea resident baptized in retirement facility’s pool

John Cribb, a resident of Bethea Baptist Retirement Center in Darlington, was baptized in the facility’s aquatic center Jan. 29. The Johnsonville native moved to Bethea two years ago. Cribb says he grew up in church and has read the Bible regularly for most of his life, but realized a few months ago that he […]

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 […]

Waccamaw Baptist Nursing Fellowship celebrates 1 year

Waccamaw Baptist Nursing Fellowship observed its first anniversary Jan. 22. Pam Allsbrook, Gloria Reeves and Peggy Jones met in Debby Akerman’s home in late 2015 to make plans to begin a new BNF chapter in Waccamaw Association. The first meeting was in January 2016 with 8 founding members. The group has grown to 14, with several more […]

‘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 […]

CSU to hold faith-and-science discussion opportunity for teachers

Charleston Southern University will host “Welcoming Faith into the Science Classroom,” a day of discussion and conversation on faith integration and the sciences, on April 8. CSU faculty members will lead panel discussions and breakout sessions on topics such as evolution and creation, the age of the earth, and where Scripture overlaps with science. The […]

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 […]