CSU offers board rebate to residential students

Charleston Southern University announced April 6 to its campus community that all currently registered residential students will receive a prorated board rebate for the spring 2020 semester. The credit will be calculated based on actual food service costs eliminated from the date the student vacated the residence hall — in most cases, Monday, March 16, […]

Survey for SCBC Pastors

The COVID-19 Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package signed into law March 27 by President Trump will provide potential relief for churches and pastors. The package provides churches with the same options as small businesses and self-employed individuals attempting to financially weather the economic turmoil wrought by COVID-19. Churches that are exempt from tax under Section […]

200-year journey takes congregation from Cross Roads to Gowensville First

First Baptist Church of Gowensville anticipates celebrating its bicentennial year on May 3 with carriage rides between its two morning services and dinner on the grounds afterward. Local historian and church member Dean Campbell, who has written “The Bicentennial History of First Baptist Church Gowensville, 1820-2020,” describes how the “little white church on the hill” […]

SCBMA’s Retirement Communities Keeping Residents and Staff Safe

When South Carolina Baptist Ministry of Aging’s leadership learned the coronavirus pandemic had reached South Carolina in early March, they immediately took action to keep all residents and staff safe at Bethea and Martha Franks Retirement Communities. They made sure all the CMS guidelines were not only met but exceeded requirements for protecting residents and […]

SCBC Executive Board Members to Meet Online

The scheduled April 21 meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Executive Board has been moved online. Executive Director Gary Hollingsworth announced March 30 that due to the extension of social distancing policies, the meeting will be held via Zoom video conference. For members who do not have a computer with a camera, a telephone conference […]

10 Keys to Pastoring Through a Pandemic

Many of you reading this haven’t gathered with your local church recently. This will probably be the new normal for at least a few more weeks. Every aspect of life is different today, and that’s certainly true of churches. But, remember, the church is not where you go, it’s who you are. As you consider […]

Cayce First makes a fresh start with Mill City

How do you breathe new life into an historic, declining congregation? For First Baptist Church of Cayce, the answer was merging with a recent church start that was growing and needed more space. Formed in 1912, First Cayce grew to a peak of about 500 attending Sunday school near the mid-century mark. In recent years, […]

Pickens couple: On Mission in Cuba

“The beautiful people of Cuba are looking for hope,” said Gary Frazor as he prepared for his upcoming mission trip to the island. “They find it in Jesus.” Frazor and his wife, Kim, have been on several mission trips to Cuba. He says he got hooked on mission work through his family. “My wife and […]

Two DOMs receive inaugural Satterwhite Awards

Two directors of missions received inaugural Cliff Satterwhite Awards March 14 for outstanding service as disaster relief volunteers. Chris Smith and Tommy Richardson were recognized for their “tireless work in helping the Pee Dee and Grand Strand areas recover from four consecutive years of major disasters,” Randy Creamer, director of South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief, […]