S.C. Disaster Relief volunteers swing into action as Florence comes ashore

A South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief feeding team from Crossroads Community Church in Summerville has begun serving meals to first responders after Hurricane Florence came ashore Friday morning. Working in partnership with the Salvation Army, the Crossroads Church volunteers have set up operations at the North Charleston Coliseum, according to information shared with The Courier […]

Platt to step down from IMB; Meador named interim president

After receiving the resignation of David Platt, IMB president, to be effective at the Sept. 27, 2018, trustee meeting, the Executive Committee of the board of trustees of the International Mission Board voted in a special meeting Sept. 13 to approve Clyde Meador as interim president starting Sept. 27, subject to full board approval. Platt […]

Josh Powell to be nominated for SCBC president-elect

Josh Powell, senior pastor of Lake Murray Baptist Church in Lexington, will be nominated for president-elect of the South Carolina Baptist Convention during the denomination’s annual meeting Nov. 12-13 at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston. Josh McClendon, pastor of Philippi Baptist Church in Johnston, will nominate Powell. According to McClendon, Lake Murray […]

IMB president issues apology over sexual assault investigation

Mark Aderholt, former chief strategist for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, who was arrested on July 3 on charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl more than 20 years ago in Texas, continues to await the decision of a grand jury regarding an indictment. According to District Court 297 officials in Texas, a trial date […]

Thom S. Rainer announces retirement from LifeWay

LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer announced Aug. 27 his plans to retire in the coming year. To provide adequate time for the search process for the next president and CEO and for a smooth transition, Rainer said he will serve until a new president is named or through the end of […]

Kelley: ‘Fuel the Fire’ to spark baptism conversation

Baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention have been in decline for 16 years. To change that, Chuck Kelley hopes to start a conversation. “The Southern Baptist Convention is facing the greatest evangelism crisis in its history, with an unprecedented gap between the number of churches and the number of baptisms those churches record,” said Kelley, […]

A freed slave was America’s first missionary

One of the most significant figures in the history of Christian missions is a freed Georgia slave named George Liele. Even though William Carey may be called the father of the modern missionary movement, George Liele left America and planted the gospel in Jamaica a full 10 years before Carey left England. Liele came to […]

Evangelistic renewal advocated by SBC task force

Messengers to the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas adopted a report from the Evangelism Task Force appointed by SBC president Steve Gaines in 2017. The report spoke to eight areas of ministry and encouraged leaders of those ministries to enlist workers, train Christians, and focus on evangelistic ministry. Chairman Adam Greenway, dean […]