Current and former SCBC presidents weigh in on marriage ruling

Christians are called to love all people and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ. All people can have a personal faith-based relationship with the God of the universe through belief in Jesus Christ. This belief will prompt a lifestyle which honors God. Christians, in addition, are called to boldly stand against and denounce […]

Top S.C. Baptist leader addresses same-sex marriage

Some have asked, “What is the position of the South Carolina Baptist Convention on same-sex marriage, especially as it relates to the decision handed down by the Supreme Court on June 26, 2015?” The official position of our South Carolina Baptist Convention is the same as the entire Southern Baptist Convention, which has been held since […]

South Carolina Baptist Convention leaders agree it’s time to remove the flag

Tommy Kelly, president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and Richard Harris, interim executive director-treasurer, have released a statement supporting Gov. Nikki Haley’s request to remove the Confederate flag from the state house grounds: “Believing God created all men and women in His image, racism of any form is repulsive and contrary to our Christian […]

SCBC donates $25,000 to aid families of shooting victims

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has donated $25,000 directly to Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to help offset burial costs for families of nine church members who were gunned down during a prayer meeting by a lone assailant June 17. Mark Hendrick, associate director for the SCBC’s Office of Public Policy, presented the check […]

Heroes of the Eternal Kingdom

Leadership expert Peter Drucker once offered his opinion on the four toughest jobs in America, in no particular order. The first was not a surprise (president of the United States) and neither were the second or third (hospital administrator and university president). But number four was a surprise to many: pastor of a local church. […]

Statewide day of prayer planned in S.C.

Evangelicals from across the state of South Carolina plan to gather at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center for a day of prayer and fasting called by Gov. Nikki Haley. The June 13 event, “The Response South Carolina: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis,” will mirror a similar emphasis on […]

Tucker opens Congressional session with prayer

Tom Tucker, senior pastor of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Mill, gave the opening prayer for the April 22 session of the United States House of Representatives. The tradition of ministers praying to open House sessions dates to 1774, when the first prayer was given by the Rev. Jacob Duche of Christ Church of […]

President’s Perspective: Senior adults are an untapped resource

Since being elected president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, I have had the privilege of speaking in nine different South Carolina Baptist churches. These congregations vary in size, location and economic background, yet they all possess a valuable resource that is often underutilized. Senior citizens are too often seen as an unappreciated resource. Within […]

Women experience community evangelism at GO Conference

The 2015 GO Conference was held April 17-18 at First Baptist Church, Spartanburg. Women from across the state were invited to learn new ministry and evangelism tools, then immediately put them to use in the local community. “The focus of the GO Conference was for participants to build relationships with those they encounter in order […]