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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

CSU welcomes record number of students

As the new academic year begins at Charleston Southern University, faculty and staff are welcoming a record number of students — an 18 percent increase in new freshmen and a 5 percent increase in overall enrollment over fall 2014. “We are excited to welcome approximately 3,580 students to campus this fall,” said Debbie Williamson, vice […]

First Baptist Church of Greenville moves to the left of left

In May, First Baptist Church of Greenville, already known as a more liberal church, took a step even more to the left when it agreed on a nondiscriminatory policy that would allow gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered people not only to be members of the church, but to be ordained. The consensus statement of the […]

Greenville First Baptist Church’s stance on homosexuality challenged

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has asked a Greenville church to either reverse its decision to open marriage ceremonies, church membership and ordination to homosexuals or withdraw from the state convention. First Baptist Church, whose pastor in 1845 was elected the Southern Baptist Convention’s first president, voted to cease cooperation with the SBC in 1999, […]

Music: Baptist AllState seeks to double participation in teen ensembles

South Carolina Baptist AllState Choir, Orchestra, and Praise Team selects outstanding high school musicians by video audition to participate in a January 29-31 2016 weekend of training and inspiration at White Oak Conference Center. Mark Powers, Worship & Music Director for South Carolina Baptist Convention, has taken on the goal of doubling the participation in […]

Is your church looking for an interim worship leader/music director?

The Transitional Worship Pastor Ministry is available to SCBC churches needing an interim worship pastor/music director. Churches needing this help may call Mark Powers, director, SCBC Worship & Music, to receive résumés of available candidates in their region. Those interested in receiving the training and certification should contact for information on the worship track of the Transitional Pastor […]