Collegiate ministry extends beyond local campus

Leaders at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia see collegiate ministry as both a sprint and a marathon. It’s four years (or a few more) of young adulthood when weighty decisions can affect both career and family for life. It’s also a time when many relationships with Christ are either begun, tested or strengthened. Churches have […]

WMU and its foundation assist area groups helping Ukrainian refugees

Woman’s Missionary Union and the WMU Foundation have sent two HEART Fund grants to aid Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion. Turlac Mission in Moldova received a $25,000 grant. Moldova shares 759 miles of border with Ukraine, and more than 25,000 refugees crossed the border in the first week of the conflict, according to Oleg […]

First Person: Southern Baptists’ Ukrainian Response

We have all been grieving over the events surrounding the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army on Feb. 24. For me, it is especially personal. Our family served in Kyiv, Ukraine, for 10 years, helping plant churches and training church leaders. Because of dedicated Baptist mission work, churches in Ukraine were some of the […]

3 Firsts for S.C. Native Daniel Dickard

Daniel Dickard is experiencing three firsts in his life. He will be nominated as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors Conference just prior to the annual SBC meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Jordan Easley, pastor of First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Tenn., will make the nomination. Dickard told The Courier, “My vision for the SBC […]

Lifeway trustees elect first African-American woman as trustee chair

For the first time in its 130-year history, Lifeway Christian Resources will have an African-American woman as trustee chair. Missie Branch was elected in March by Lifeway trustees during a special-called meeting. Branch is assistant dean of students to women and director of graduate life at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. A member of Imago Dei […]

Broken for Bucha: Southern Baptist response teams overflow with compassion

Editor’s note: This story contains descriptions of war violence that some readers may find disturbing. The descriptions are from one refugee’s account to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Team volunteers. We do not have a way to contact him further. Overcome with emotion, Iaroslav covered his face and the torrent of tears with one of his […]

Ed Byus: Man on a Mission

Ed Byus is a man on a mission. After spending 20 years in military service as a helicopter pilot and liaison officer, he has now committed himself to a different mission called Tactical Evangelism. Byus made a profession of faith when he was 10, but he never had “life in Christ.” His “born-again” moment, as […]

Executive Committee president search team requests prayer

The team tasked with searching for a new president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee is asking for prayer. The group launched a 21-day prayer initiative last month and created a day-by-day guide to encourage specific prayers for each day. “As a committee, we felt it was essential to start our process […]

Texas church commissions member as SpaceX astronaut

On March 27, University Baptist Church in Houston commissioned one of their own to go out to the furthest mission fields. Astronaut Bob Hines, a member of UBC, is scheduled to launch into space on April 19. There, he will spend 144 days on the International Space Station and be the pilot on the SpaceX […]