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 […]

First Baptist Church of North Augusta partners with local school

Dena Riley was thrilled when she and two others attended a South Carolina Baptist Convention “Heart 4 Schools” seminar last year. First Baptist Church of North Augusta, where Dena serves as director of children’s ministries, already had a relationship with area schools, providing shoes for students through a Laces of Love project. The Heart 4 […]

Tending to Spiritual Needs after the Disaster

Georgiana Haselden survived the devastating floods of 2015 that demolished her home in Hemingway. Almost exactly one year later, she faced Hurricane Matthew’s impact to the same area. Now, because of ongoing disaster relief survivor care ministry efforts in her town, Haselden faces future life crises with the living hope of Jesus Christ. “Disaster relief […]

State CP giving misses mark in 2016

The South Carolina Baptist Convention finished the 2016 budget year $937,414 short of budgeted Cooperative Program receipts of $28.5 million. CP giving from convention churches totaled $27,562,585, or 3.39 percent below budgeted needs, according to figures provided by Pam Carroll, SCBC chief financial officer. The 2016 CP budget included an allocation of $11,300,660 to the […]