Simpsonville pastor named SCBC president-elect; first African-American president takes office

Messengers to the 200th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention elected a Simpsonville pastor as president-elect, approved a $26.5 million Cooperative Program budget, and adopted a resolution affirming churches that also identify as Great Commission Baptists. In an abbreviated, one-day session Nov. 10 at the historic First Baptist Church of Columbia, messengers also […]

SCBC Executive Board approves one-day annual meeting

The Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, meeting Oct. 6 at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Columbia, has approved changing the upcoming annual meeting from two days to one, taking precautions precipitated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Board, with Albert Allen presiding as chairman, adopted a motion to condense the 2020 […]

SCBC Pastors Conference to meet at West Columbia First

The 2020 South Carolina Baptist Pastors Conference is slated for Nov. 8-9 at First Baptist Church of West Columbia. Conference speakers will include Wayne Bray, Stuart Houston, Ron Lynch, Josh Reavis, Stephen Rummage and Mike Stone. Focusing on the theme “SOS: Sufficiency of Scripture,” drawn from Psalm 19:7, Sunday evening’s session will begin at 6 […]

Resolutions for SCBC annual meeting due by Oct. 10

Resolutions to be considered at the 2020 South Carolina Baptist Convention annual meeting are due by midnight on Oct. 10. Along with the draft of your proposal, submissions must include your name, address, daytime and cell phone numbers. Please include the name and address of your church and your pastor’s name. Resolutions for this year’s […]

Most state conventions redesign or cancel annual meetings

Most Southern Baptist state conventions are either redesigning or canceling their 2020 annual meeting to prevent spread of COVID-19. As of Sept. 10, only 12 — including the South Carolina Baptist Convention — intended to proceed with in-person gatherings. In Mississippi, where COVID-19 test results show a 14.51 percent positivity rate, the Mississippi Baptist Convention […]

Most state conventions redesign or cancel annual meetings during COVID-19

Most Southern Baptist state conventions are either redesigning or canceling their 2020 annual meeting to prevent spread of COVID-19. As of Sept. 1, only 13 — including the South Carolina Baptist Convention — intend to proceed with in-person gatherings. In Mississippi, where COVID-19 test results show a 14.51 percent positivity rate, the Mississippi Baptist Convention […]

We Are Great Commission Baptists

Baptist identity has always been rooted in our shared beliefs. The discussions around Baptist identity over the last few decades have centered around “Baptist distinctives.” While Baptists share a majority of their beliefs with other Protestant Christians, they also hold to certain beliefs that set them apart. Baptist distinctives include believer’s baptism by immersion, regenerate […]

SCBC tightening budget with staff retirements, reductions

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has announce several staff retirements and position eliminations in preparation for an anticipated decreased budget projection for 2021. Ron Barker, pastoral care specialist, Pam Cashatt, team assistant, and Jerry Sosebee, director of church strategies, will retire, effective Dec. 31, from the Church Strengthening/Discipleship Team. In addition, SCBC receptionist Barbara Hussman […]

Bray to be nominated for SCBC president-elect

Wayne Bray, lead pastor of First Baptist Church of Simpsonville, will be nominated as president-elect of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at the annual meeting Nov. 9-10 at First Baptist Church of Columbia. This year’s annual meeting will launch the 200th year celebration of the SCBC, with Alex Sands, the first African-American president elected in […]

Where Do We Go From Here?

With the convergence of a global pandemic, struggling economy, racial tension, protests, recent Supreme Court decisions, a contentious election year, and a growing uneasiness, the question “Where do we go from here?” is on the minds and hearts of many people. The Courier reached out to our South Carolina Baptist Convention institutional presidents and executives […]