SCBC universities seeing significant impact on campus life

Graduation from South Carolina Baptists’ three universities looked very different this May. At Anderson University, a page on its website was developed for the commencement program, including the names, hometowns, degrees and academic honors. The page also included videos from the university president and featured the school’s concert choir, virtually performing “I Know the Plans […]

Mask-makers finding joy, ministry in helping others stay safe

For years, Jean Talbot, a member of Mountain Springs Baptist Church in Piedmont, has been making pillows for people who are recovering from illnesses or surgeries. But now she’s using her sewing skills to make face masks for others. About 13 years ago, Talbot was diagnosed with breast cancer. After her surgery, she couldn’t find […]

SCBMA, Connie Maxwell responding to challenges of keeping senior adults, children safe

South Carolina Baptists’ two benevolent ministries, the Ministries of Aging and Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, are being diligent in making sure the vulnerable populations of elderly and children in their care stay well during the coronavirus outbreak. When SCBMA leaders learned the pandemic had reached South Carolina in early March, they immediately took action to […]

SBC institutions make budget cutbacks in wake of COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 virus and amid other declining metrics, Southern Baptist Convention institutions have enacted budget cuts for the 2020-2021 budget year. LifeWay eliminated its World Changers mission projects for this summer and closed all future operations due to declining numbers. The entity also announced a series of budget freezes, cutbacks, and […]

Charleston churches collaborating to bring alternative VBS to kids’ homes

With social-distancing restrictions still being implemented as COVID-19 lingers into the summer months, churches are having to explore options for holding Vacation Bible Schools. Several Charleston children’s ministers have found a unique alternative. They’re collaborating in creating a virtual VBS experience for families. “In children’s ministry, as in all ministries, we’re trying to strategically plan […]

IMB temporarily relocates personnel due to COVID-19

As airlines reduced flights and countries around the world went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some International Mission Board missionaries found themselves unexpectedly back in the United States. In an email to all overseas personnel, IMB President Paul Chitwood wrote that if any felt God leading them to leave their current country due […]

Regathering of the Church Occurring Cautiously, Carefully

For Pastor Hank Williams and the congregation of First Baptist Church, Boiling Springs, the strategy for a safe regathering was captured in a slogan for social distancing: “From the street to the seat.” The church began regathering on May 17 with four services: two at 9:30 and two at 11:00, in two different locations on […]

Editor’s Word: Unusual Times

To say we are living in unusual times is an understatement. COVID-19 has attacked the world, and we are forced to wage an unusual war against an invisible enemy. Some put their trust in science to discover a cure, develop a vaccine, and win the war. But even if scientists find ways to stop or […]

Coronavirus Impacting Worship, Giving, Technology Use in S.C. Churches

The coronavirus outbreak has had some profound effects on Baptist churches across the state, according to an online study of pastors conducted by The Baptist Courier in May. The Courier asked South Carolina Baptist pastors how the pandemic has impacted their congregations and what their plans are for the near future. As churches moved away […]

12 Questions Churches Must Answer Once People Regather

Recently, we all received good news: The country is going to slowly reopen, and that includes houses of worship. But if you think we’ll all rush back to church and pick up where we left off, don’t kid yourself — it’s not going to happen. Or at least it shouldn’t happen. We need to think […]