State CP giving lags in 1st quarter

Through the first three months of 2017, Cooperative Program gifts from churches through the South Carolina Baptist Convention were 6.09 percent short of budgeted needs. Through March, CP receipts totaled $6,691,131, or $433,869 below budgeted needs, according to information released by Pam Carroll, chief financial officer for the SCBC. Also, Cooperative Program receipts were $117,394 […]

‘21st Century Ministry’ D.Min. launching at AU

Anderson University’s Clamp Divinity School has established a new “Doctor of Ministry in 21st Century Ministry” degree program designed to better equip pastors and church leaders for effective service in a shifting culture. The program engages multiple fields — from leadership and church health to pastoral ministry and evangelism — with an emphasis on “leaning […]

Baptist Foundation announces search process

The Baptist Foundation of South Carolina has formed a search committee to seek the next president to succeed Barry B. Edwards, who will retire at the end of August. The committee is chaired by former board chairman Tom Cothran of Columbia. Other committee members include board members and a representative from the South Carolina Baptist […]

Author hopes to help those in grief

Bill McEntire, pastor of Black Creek Baptist Church in Darlington, has written a book that recounts the struggle of losing a spouse to death. After his wife passed away, McEntire had a difficult time readjusting to life. In “Never the Same,” he shares his story of having a supportive family and a community of faith […]

Physician’s experiences form basis for new book

Family physician Robert Jackson of Spartanburg has captured his passion for the rights of unborn children in his first book, “The Family Doctor Speaks: The Truth About Life.” The book reflects on what the author describes as 35 years of “pro-life adventures with some women in crisis pregnancies and my own experience with my two […]

Five Children in Ministry Are a Godly Mother’s Legacy

May 14 is Mother’s Day, a time when millions of people will honor their mothers. Charles Spurgeon wrote, “I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn word of my good mother.” Others have observed that a mother’s success is most often evidenced in the good morals of her children. To have, or […]

A Mother’s Legacy: Faithfulness in Ministry

She did not plan on being a pastor’s wife, but after five years of marriage and two children, things changed. Margaret Robertson not only embraced her calling, she consistently reminded people that God is faithful. Her husband, Ted, sensed the call of God to vocational ministry and began studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in […]

Debbie Grooms to retire after 37-year Courier career

At 100 Manly Street in Greenville, employees of The Baptist Courier pretty much can’t go anywhere without passing by Debbie Grooms’ office near the center of the building. She sees a lot of traffic during the day, and people stop at her door and lean in — to say hello … to chat about tomatoes, […]

Summerville Baptist Church calls Randy Harling as lead pastor

Randy Harling has been called as lead pastor of Summerville Baptist Church. Harling, who formerly served as president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, is a graduate of Furman University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. At Simpsonville, he founded “A Home for Me,” a ministry to connect foster children to […]