Where Do We Go From Here?

With the convergence of a global pandemic, struggling economy, racial tension, protests, recent Supreme Court decisions, a contentious election year, and a growing uneasiness, the question “Where do we go from here?” is on the minds and hearts of many people. The Courier reached out to our South Carolina Baptist Convention institutional presidents and executives […]

Bill and Shirley Adams internship program starting next spring

The Courier had planned to launch the Bill and Shirley Adams internship program for South Carolina Baptist college students this fall, but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, now plans to begin the internship program with the 2021 spring semester. Baptist students who sense a call to serve God in the broad area of communication are […]

Guest Viewpoint: We Need to Remember Who We Are

“After this I looked, and behold a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who […]

SCBC universities seeing significant impact on campus life

Graduation from South Carolina Baptists’ three universities looked very different this May. At Anderson University, a page on its website was developed for the commencement program, including the names, hometowns, degrees and academic honors. The page also included videos from the university president and featured the school’s concert choir, virtually performing “I Know the Plans […]

SCBMA, Connie Maxwell responding to challenges of keeping senior adults, children safe

South Carolina Baptists’ two benevolent ministries, the Ministries of Aging and Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, are being diligent in making sure the vulnerable populations of elderly and children in their care stay well during the coronavirus outbreak. When SCBMA leaders learned the pandemic had reached South Carolina in early March, they immediately took action to […]

Tony Beam named SCBC public policy director

Tony Beam will become the new director of the Office of Public Policy for the South Carolina Baptist Convention beginning Jan. 1, 2021. He will maintain his position as director of Church and Community Engagement at North Greenville University. SCBC Executive Director-Treasurer Gary Hollingsworth said that, with the blessings of NGU President Gene Fant, “Tony […]

Update: McCall, LaVida, SummerSalt, KidSalt Camps Cancelled

Update:  All remaining weeks for Camp McCall, Camp LaVida, SummerSalt and KidSalt in July and August have been cancelled because of continued coronavirus concerns, directors of the four South Carolina Baptist Convention camps announced May 29. “It is with a heavy heart the South Carolina Baptist Convention and the South Carolina WMU announce the suspension […]

NGU to hold National Day of Prayer drive-in event at Greer campus

North Greenville University, in partnership with HIS Radio, will be hosting a National Day of Prayer drive-in event Thursday, May 7, from 12-12:45 p.m. on NGU’s Tim Brashier Campus in Greer. NGU President Gene Fant Jr., along with area church leaders, will lead in prayer for local, state and national leaders, the re-gathering of churches […]

NGU Sends Students to Help Hurting Families Over Spring Break

Back in September 2019, Tyler Troyer, of Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief, reached out to Joshua Gilmore, one of the campus pastors at North Greenville University, requesting help in serving families in Eastern North Carolina that had been affected by Hurricane Dorian.   Gilmore, who leads the Baptist Collegiate Ministries at NGU, frequently deploys college students on […]

Federal Loans: ‘Should We or Shouldn’t We?’

By this time, many decisions have already been made regarding what churches should do concerning the Federal Government’s offer of loans/grants to nonprofits. Because of the severe economic impact on small businesses and churches, the Small Business Administration made a special exemption for churches to pursue loans, which could turn into grants. The question most […]