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  • 400 S.C. Baptists 'Unite' for citywide evangelism

    by Butch Blume, posted Monday, November 20, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- Gathering under the banner of "Unite," messengers to the 197th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention sang, prayed, conducted business and fanned out across the city of Columbia for a "One Day" missions and evangelism effort.

    Keith Shorter, SCBC president and pastor of Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Easley, opened the Tuesday morning session of the Nov. 7-8 meeting by encouraging Christ's followers to unite as one "so that … a lost and divided world may believe that God sent [Jesus]." Read More

  • S.C. Baptists urged to 'launch out' with Gospel

    by Butch Blume, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- Churches were urged to "launch out" and spread the Gospel as messengers gathered for the South Carolina Baptist Convention annual meeting Nov. 15–16 at Riverland Hills Baptist Church outside Columbia.

    "'Launch Out' is not a suggestion, it is a command from our Lord," 2016 convention President Tom Tucker told messengers at the outset of the SCBC's 196th annual meeting, taking his inspiration from Luke 5, where Jesus said to Peter, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a great catch."

    "We're sitting on the dock of the bay, wasting time," Tucker said, invoking a popular song from the 1960s. "We're told to launch out and tell someone that Jesus loves them. If you are saved, you've got a story." Read More

  • Gary Hollingsworth elected exec. director in S.C.

    by Butch Blume/The Baptist Courier , posted Friday, January 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    GREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- Gary Hollingsworth, a long-serving pastor and denominational leader with a record of church planting and international missions support, has been elected executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

    He received the unanimous support of more than 330 SCBC messengers who convened Thursday (Jan. 14) for a special called meeting of the state convention at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. Read More

  • S.C. Baptists tap reserves to send $1M gift to IMB

    by Scott Vaughan/South Carolina Baptist Convention, posted Wednesday, December 16, 2015 (2 years ago)

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- The South Carolina Baptist Convention has pledged to send a $1 million year-end gift to the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention at a time when the missions entity has announced a reduction in its worldwide force due to budget shortfalls.

    The IMB announced earlier this year that it would need to reduce its total number of missionaries and staff by 600-800 due to expenditures that exceeded revenues by $210 million over the past six years. Read More

  • Personal evangelism S.C. Baptists' focus

    by Butch Blume and Scott Vaughan, posted Tuesday, November 17, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP) -- South Carolina Baptists focused heavily on personal evangelism at its 195th annual meeting themed "Tell the Story," held Nov. 10-11 at Spartanburg First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C.

    Speakers reiterated the compelling need for all believers to share the Gospel, with Tommy Kelly, pastor of First Baptist Church of Varnville, urging messengers to ensure that every person in the state hears the Gospel by the group's 200th annual meeting in 2020. Messengers adopted a new convention vision statement, "Helping Churches Fulfill the Great Commission," as recommended by the South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC) Executive Board Future Vision Committee. Read More

  • God’s faithfulness amid flood draws praise in S.C.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, October 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

    LEXINGTON, S.C. (BP) -- Flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin temporarily cut off access to First Baptist Church and flooded the homes of church members in the surrounding low country, but associate pastor Harry Adkins remains thankful.

    Adkins, who is also the church's worship leader in Kingstree, S.C., thanks God for protection amid the flooding that has killed at least 17 in the Carolinas since the storm sent two days of heavy ... Read More

  • NGU leaders asked to address president's departure

    by Baptist Courier Staff, posted Tuesday, September 08, 2015 (3 years ago)

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- North Greenville University officials have been asked to appear before the South Carolina Baptist Convention Executive Board Oct. 13 to explain the university's actions surrounding the departure of its former president, Jimmy Epting, in January.

    Dwight Easler, SCBC Executive Board chairman, has asked the university's board chairperson and vice chairperson, along with the interim president, to attend the fall meeting of the Executive Board in order to "give explanation of actions taken, and future actions to be taken to improve accountability and processes." Read More

  • Statewide day of prayer planned in S.C.

    by Staff/Baptist Courier, posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- Evangelicals from across the state of South Carolina plan to gather at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center for a day of prayer and fasting called by Gov. Nikki Haley.

    The June 13 event, "The Response South Carolina: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis," will mirror a similar emphasis on prayer to be held during this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio. Read More

  • S.C. Baptists address social challenges

    by Butch Blume, posted Tuesday, December 02, 2014 (3 years ago)

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- South Carolina Baptists passed resolutions addressing an array of societal ills and challenges facing the church at their 194th annual meeting, affirming biblical marriage, the protection of victims of abuse and neglect, and religious freedom at home and abroad. Read More