Newberry First pastor to be nominated for SCBC president-elect

Albert Allen, pastor of First Baptist Church, Newberry, since 2014, will be nominated for president-elect of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at this year’s annual meeting in Columbia’s First Baptist Church, Nov. 8-9. Allen is a Columbia native and was licensed and ordained at First Baptist, Columbia. Wes Church, senior pastor at Columbia First, who […]

Making Disciples of All Nations

Most serious Christians know something about the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20. The imperative to “go and make disciples of all nations” provides the missionary marching order for every Christian and Christ’s Church. It is the driving force that caused Southern Baptists to become the greatest missionary-sending denomination in modern Christian history. But there […]

Dixon, new national WMU president, has heart for ‘God’s great mission’

When friends and colleagues describe Connie Dixon, one observation that repeatedly pops up is her deep love for missions.As the newly elected president of national Woman’s Missionary Union, Dixon will draw on her years of missions commitment and service to help lead WMU’s focus on “making disciples of Jesus who live on mission.”A lifelong member […]

S.C. Legislature Update

Tony Beam, director of Public Policy for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, discusses three bills before the state legislature: Save Women’s Sports, Medical Marijuana, and Hate Crimes.

BCM director Smith receives honorary doctorate for service

When Scott Smith received an honorary doctorate May 11 from the university where he has ministered for 36 years, the Baptist Collegiate Ministry director joined some pretty elite company. For starters, Smith became the first BCM minister to have such an honor put upon him at a public university. It’s also only the second time […]

‘IMPACT’ event resets pastors’ fire for Jesus

“We pray that you are set on fire for Jesus today just like the first time you met Him. Today, we start together again. And together, we advance.” This was the prayer and the purpose of IMPACT 2021: to inspire leaders to advance their efforts in fulfilling the Great Commission. Each year, IMPACT gathers pastors […]

Pigg named state evangelism leader

Michael Pigg has been called as team leader of evangelism for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He brings to the position 33 years of ministry experience as a pastor, executive pastor, church planting pastor, and national denominational leader. “I am thrilled to see Michael Pigg join our team. His passion for evangelism and seeing every […]

President’s Perspective: Why It Still Matters

“In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:11, CSB). The question seems to find its way into the comment section of every online story about a race relations milestone being reached in the SBC. It generally goes like […]

Taylors First calls Josh Powell

What led Josh Powell, senior pastor of Lake Murray Baptist Church in his hometown of Lexington, to accept the pastorate of First Baptist Taylors? “What really attracted me to Taylors First was their commitment — not just to be a church in the community, but their support of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and its […]

North Greenville, New Orleans Seminary form partnership

In a move intended to help men and women called to ministry get placed into positions sooner, North Greenville University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary are partnering to count certain college credit hours toward a master of divinity degree, saving students both time and money. The agreement, signed by NGU President Gene Fant Jr. […]