Copeland to serve as SCBaptist consultant for sexual abuse prevention

Chelsea Copeland began duties as Sexual Abuse Prevention and Survivor Care consultant with the South Carolina Baptist Convention June 1. The position was developed at the request of messengers to the 2022 SCBC Annual Meeting. Copeland, a resident of Myrtle Beach, is a counselor in private practice in Conway. She holds a Bachelor of Arts […]

President’s Perspective: We Must Share Jesus

Like many Southern Baptists, I recently read the report of the Great Commission Resurgence (GCR) Evaluation Task Force with great interest. GCR was an initiative adopted by messengers to the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando upon recommendation by the 2009 Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. There were several components, but the primary motivation for […]

South Carolina women ‘Go Experience’ sharing gospel, partnering with IMB

Rwanda? Kenya? No trip sounded right. So Katie kept searching for the perfect short-term mission trip on the International Mission Board’s Go Experience website. Her women-only team from First Baptist Church, Honea Path (S.C.), wanted a place where they could use their gifts and maybe look into a partnership. After some prayer, Katie and co-leader Jaclyn […]

Law Amendment: Stand Where the World Stands Against Us

Over the last year the two of us have benefited from many conversations with friends on the upcoming vote for the Law Amendment at the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis. The constitutional amendment will require churches who seat messengers at the SBC to “affirm, appoint, or employ only men as any kind of pastor or […]

The Law Amendment: An Unnecessary Necessary Revision

Since 2022, and especially after the 2023 first vote to approve the so-called “Law amendment,” multiple authors and speakers have sought to sway messengers to vote in favor of or against changing the SBC Constitution. Ordinary church members, pastors, local association leaders, state convention directors, and national SBC entity leaders have weighed in to express […]

President’s Perspective: We Must Stay Faithful 

When I was a kid, a movie hit the big screen that really captured the imaginations of my friends and me. The film “Big” is about a 12-year-old kid named Josh who was tired of being small. He drops a quarter in a Zoltar fortune-telling game and makes a wish to be big. Unbeknownst to […]

Striking the Waters: On the SCBaptist Disposition in Indianapolis 

On June 10–12, 2024, thousands of Southern Baptists will gather in Indianapolis for the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. Hundreds of SCBaptists will be among them. My prayer is that the SCBaptist kind of cooperative spirit will prevail. SCBaptists can model a biblical disposition while influencing contemporary direction. Here are six appeals toward that end. […]

Pastors, church leaders encouraged to participate in church compensation survey

GuideStone, Lifeway Research and Baptist state conventions have again teamed up for the SBC Church Compensation Survey. The survey — the largest free study focused on churches in the United States — is conducted every two years. The survey’s results will be available in early fall, in time for many churches considering their 2025 budgets. […]