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 church embraces ICMP, advocates process for all churches

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 […]

‘Her Way’: How a daughter of the Palmetto State ‘blazed the missions trail’ in the antebellum South

Before there was Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong or Woman’s Missionary Union, there was Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend, who overcame the societal constraints and paternalistic attitudes of her day to found the South’s first missionary society in 1811. In “Her Way: The Remarkable Story of Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend” (2016, Courier Publishing, $15.95), author Rosalie Hall Hunt introduces readers […]

South Carolina Baptists’ CP giving up slightly in 2015

Cooperative Program giving from South Carolina Baptist Convention churches increased in 2015, marking back-to-back years of modest growth. Churches forwarded $27,988,055.32 in CP gifts in 2015, an increase of $362,646.25 (1.31 percent) over 2014, according to information released by Pam Carroll, SCBC chief executive officer. The increase wasn’t enough to meet a projected state CP […]

S.C. Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers merit national recognition

At a gathering in late January of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief leaders from several state Baptist conventions, three South Carolina volunteers were recognized for their service. Receiving awards were Steve Shumake of Grace Baptist Church in Sumter, Avery Fox of Clinton First Baptist Church, and Wil Bradham of the Southeast Baptist Association. Fox and Bradham […]