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 […]

Man with passion for helping teens to launch Christ-centered boot camp

Jamie Murphy’s dream is to create a boot camp for troubled teens, teach parenting skills to parents, and develop families that can impact lives and communities for Jesus Christ. Formerly a Southern Baptist pastor, he is now devoting himself full-time to the development of the camp while he continues training facilitators and teaching classes for […]

Author: 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? […]

North Greenville University issues statement on ‘legal, moral and ethical expectations’ of administration, faculty

The chairperson of North Greenville University’s board of trustees said Thursday that school leaders “are expected to lead Christ-centered lives” and that current administrative staff and faculty members reflect the Baptist university’s “legal, moral and ethical expectations” and are held to “the highest of standards.” The written statement, which the university sent to The Courier by email, […]

Resolutions for SCBC annual meeting due Oct. 11

Resolutions to be considered at the 2015 South Carolina Baptist Convention annual meeting are due by Oct. 11. Submissions must include the author’s name, address, email address, daytime and cell phone numbers, and church (with address). Resolutions for this year’s annual meeting, to be held Nov. 10-11 at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, should be […]

Tom Tucker to be nominated for 2016 SCBC president

The Courier has learned that Tom Tucker, pastor of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Mill, will be nominated for president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention when messengers gather at Spartanburg First Baptist Church Nov. 10-11 for the SCBC annual meeting. Dwight Easler, pastor of Corinth Baptist Church in Spartanburg and chairman of the […]

SCBC Future Vision Committee: Keep less money in state, send more to international missions

Updated Aug. 31, 3015 to include the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina among the South Carolina Baptist Convention institutions that currently receive Cooperative Program funding. A committee charged with developing a master plan for the future cooperative work of South Carolina Baptist Convention churches is recommending that half of all Cooperative Program dollars go toward […]

Jerry White honored for 50 years of ministry

Jerry C. White, former president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, was honored recently for 50 years of service in the preaching ministry. In 1965, White accepted God’s call to ministry at age 13 at Piedmont Baptist Church near Chesnee, S.C. His pastor, Buddy T. Mathis, saw to it that he preached his first sermon […]

820 new Anderson University students launch academic year

The largest freshman class in Anderson University history began its college experience with a worship service and a march through the storied arch of the university per Anderson tradition as the new school year officially began on Sunday, Aug. 23. Anderson students march through the arch twice in their college careers — once as freshmen […]