SCBC Executive Board hears from new executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth

Going forward in 2016, South Carolina Baptists will embrace a vision of seeing “every life saturated and transformed by the hope of the Gospel, beginning in South Carolina” and extending to everyone on the globe. That was the message of executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth, speaking at his first meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention […]

SCBC official details costs to operate, maintain White Oak Conference Center

The South Carolina Baptist Convention Executive Board, meeting April 25-26 in Columbia, directed its Properties Committee to work with SCBC executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth to pursue finding buyers for the White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro. At the heart of the consideration: White Oak requires an average of $616,000 in Cooperative Program funding to meet […]

State CP giving ahead of last year’s pace

Cooperative Program gifts from South Carolina Baptist Convention churches are $250,408 ahead of last year’s pace but 4.44 percent below budgeted needs through the first three months of 2016. Through March, churches forwarded $6,808,525 to the SCBC, $316,474 short of budgeted needs, according to figures released by Pam Carroll, the SCBC’s chief financial officer. In […]

SCBC Executive Board seeking buyer for White Oak Conference Center

After lengthy and often passionate debate over the future of White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro, the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly to “authorize the Properties Committee [of the board] to work with the executive director-treasurer to pursue finding buyers for White Oak Conference Center.” The discussion and vote occurred […]

SummerSalt impacts lives; reveals ministry plans to staffers

Registration for the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s 2016 SummerSalt was sold out in early March, a record for the summer youth camp. Staff members anticipate 3,000 students will attend this year’s camps, held at White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro. “This is the third year in a row that SummerSalt has been sold out, but […]

SCBC accepting recommendations for boards, committees

The South Carolina Baptist Convention is accepting recommendations for persons to serve on the state denomination’s standing committees, on the boards of trustees of the convention’s institutions, and on the SCBC Executive Board. The deadline for receiving recommendations is July 7. The forms for recommending individuals can be viewed and printed from the following links: […]

Vision casting moves church from divided to united

When Chris Peagler was called to pastor Victory Baptist Church in Bonneau a decade ago, he arrived on the heels of a painful period when the church had gone through nine pastors in 11 years. “People were hurting, and our church was divided. God has brought healing; and we are now a missions minded church, […]

Spartanburg pastor touts SCBC church multiplication process

Fountain of Life Church in Spartanburg is primarily an African-American congregation that formed following a church split a decade ago. It had been without a pastor for about a year when the church, with 44 members, called Rickie Sarratt as its pastor. At that time, the church had 44 members and grew under Sarratt’s leadership […]

State leaders discuss church revitalization

Church growth is a “supernatural event, and therefore church revitalization is more of a spiritual issue than a mechanical one,” said Ken Hemphill, director for North Greenville University’s Center for Church Planting and Revitalization, during a meeting of leaders from 14 Baptist state conventions. Hemphill was a guest speaker at the March 21-22 meeting in […]

Loving ‘the People Nobody Wants’

Grant and Amber Hinson forsake comfort and security to live among the residents of Countryside mobile home park Imagine quitting your job, putting your roomy home up for sale, paring down your possessions by way of a yard sale, saying goodbye to family and friends, and moving your family nearly two hours away to set […]