Literacy teams serve refugee community abroad

Trained literacy missions volunteers from South Carolina and neighboring states are partnering to reach Syrian refugees through a 10-week pilot language project anchored in Europe. Former missionaries and members of the National Literacy Missions organization collaborated to develop the curriculum and volunteer base, which is staffing the five teams serving onsite. Bob* and Anne*, former […]

With CP support faltering, SCBC offers early retirement incentive

An early retirement incentive recently offered to 33 employees of the South Carolina Baptist Convention does not reflect immediate serious financial difficulties for the state denomination, even though Cooperative Program support from churches has tumbled over the past decade and shows few signs of rebounding. SCBC executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth told The Courier there is […]

SCBC’s Ramsey offers website-building help to churches

Maybe your church lacks a website, or it’s a few years old and in need of an update. If so, Judy Ramsey, website strategist for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, stands ready to assist. Ramsey, an 11-year staff member with the SCBC’s communications group, is available to help churches develop or enhance their online communication […]

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 […]

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 […]

S.C. Baptist Convention to offer ‘voluntary early retirement incentive’ to some employees

An undisclosed number of full-time employees of the South Carolina Baptist Convention may elect to accept a voluntary early retirement incentive in the coming months, according to an April 26 news release from SCBC executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth. In a meeting Wednesday in the Baptist building in Columbia, Hollingsworth told eligible employees that the plan will “become effective” June 30. Some […]

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. Deadlines for receiving recommendations are July 6 for Executive Board and trustees, and July 13 for committees. The forms for recommending individuals can be downloaded and […]

Upstate event for deaf community designed to build relationships, share gospel

Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors will host a weekend event July 14-16 for the state’s deaf community (including parents, families, volunteers, and interested churches). The event will include entertainment, food, games, and prizes and will communicate the gospel to a people group in which the North American Mission Board suggests only .0009 percent attend […]