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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Most churchgoers say God wants them to prosper financially

For some Americans, dropping a check into the offering plate at church is a bit like having a Discover Card. Both offer a cash-back bonus. About a third of Protestant churchgoers say their congregation teaches that God will bless them if they donate money. Two-thirds say God wants them to prosper. One in 4 say […]

IMB’s Platt initiates sexual abuse investigations

Two “thorough, outside, independent” investigations have been initiated by International Mission Board president David Platt into the IMB’s handling of any past sexual abuse allegations and into its policies of zero tolerance for such abuse. Platt also stated a public apology to Anne Marie Miller, who has alleged sexual abuse by an individual who subsequently […]

Volunteers needed as Ridgecrest attendance climbs

LifeWay’s Ridgecrest Conference Center celebrated record attendance last year as approximately 70,000 guests visited the Blue Ridge Mountain retreat site. “It was the most people we’ve seen in almost 30 years,” said Art Snead, executive director at Ridgecrest. “The fingerprints of God’s blessings are everywhere.” With the blessing of extra guests comes the need for […]