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STRENGTHENING LEADERS - Access report & Healthy Disciples Conference

Access Conference Report    

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“He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” Ephesians 2:17-18

On Saturday, March 10 over 120 people gathered in Downtown Charleston to learn about how to reach the nations next door where we live, learn, work and play.  There was a diverse mix of 8 different nationalities represented from the Greater Charleston area.  The North American Mission Board provided 3 speakers representing Asian, Arabic and Hispanic peoples.  A great time of learning and being equipped in knowing how to engage the Gospel into different belief systems within each of these people groups.  The Charleston Baptist Association and Pastor Jerry Zapata of Gracia Grace Church in Greater Charleston served as the conference host alongside of Citadel Square Church.  The South Carolina Baptist Convention and Journey Church served as support sponsors of the event. Each message was recorded by audio and we hope to get the slides up on our website in the near future. Click the link for audio / slides:



Healthy Disciples Conference Report

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Northwood Baptist Church hosted an engaging discipleship conference led by JJ Farmer of Southeast Asia.  Over 20 leaders from our CBA churches greatly benefitted from this teaching and coaching session.   We learned about how to identify obstacles that get in the way of making disciples and specific ways to foster disciple making in the church.  Additionally, we gained awareness of the work of disciple-making in China through JJ Farmer’s ministry with the IMB.  To learn more about these resources, please visit the website: www.thehealthydisciple.com


Every day 46 people move into Greater Charleston increasing our population growth by nearly 17,000 annually. The majority of these new residents have no faith background.  If there was a mandate for every resident of Greater Charleston to attend an evangelical church on the same Sunday, every established church and church plant would need to offer multiple services from morning to evening to even come close to seating everyone.  Over the past two years, the CBA has planted 12 new churches and we anticipate more new churches being planted this year. 

Commissioning DeepWater and Sponsorship of Selah Church

Deepwater Church – Isle of Palms


On Sunday, February 18, Deepwater Church, a new CBA church was commissioned by Lifepark Church. Pastor Chad Moore gave a compelling call to church members to serve, support and even join this new church being planted on the Isle of Palms.  Pastor Paul Coleman, who served as an associate pastor at Lifepark, is the lead church planter for this new Gospel work.  As the core group team is being established, Paul is asking for prayer for all they reach to become disciples of Christ who will make disciples and for an open door for a gathering place on the island. 




Selah Church - West Ashley

Our cooperative process for planting churches calls for a partnership of support and accountability.  Every CBA church planter goes through a vetting and training process that calls for established churches to participate as sponsors that receives cooperative funding from our state convention to support church planters.  On Wednesday, March 21, Pinecrest Church unanimously agreed to sponsor a new CBA church plant in West Ashley.  Selah Church meets in the Citadel Mall Theater and is led by church planter, Michael Graham.  Michael, his wife Caitlyn and their children moved here from Texas and have established a group of approximately 50 people.  Pastor Al Smith and members of Pinecrest Church were enthusiastic about making plans to join together in mission opportunities with Selah Church to reach into the growing population of their shared geography.     


Replanting Sangaree and Frank Cone to Wando Woods

Replanting Sangaree Baptist Church:
Sovereign Grace Church (SGC), a young CBA church planted 6 years ago and has been meeting in borrowed spaces and reaching out with the Gospel in the Ladson area.  Forty years ago, the Sangaree Baptist Church (SBC) was planted and Gospel history began from this congregation in the Sangaree Community. 


Over the past few years, Sangaree Church has been experiencing a significant decline in membership and diminished outreach.  A relationship was formed over the past several months between the leaders of Sovereign Grace and Sangaree Churches.  Transitional Pastor, Micky White of SBC and Pastor Mike Seaver of SGC entered into a replant merger conversation last fall.  Since January, the CBA has been assisting and coaching these leaders and congregations toward uniting as one church. 

On Sunday, March 25, Sangaree Church voted in favor of merging and as a result two congregations became one church on Resurrection Sunday, April 1.  A new chapter of Gospel history is being written and Sangaree Church has been replanted as Risen Hope Church.  Please pray for Pastor Mike Seaver and the transitional teams and members of both former congregations.



Pastor Frank Cone to lead Wando Woods Baptist Church:

We are glad to announce that Pastor Frank Cone will assume the pastorate of Wando Woods Baptist Church on Easter Sunday, April 1. Pastor Cone served as pastor of Rutledge Memorial Church and co-pastor of Grace on the Ashley for the past 18 years.  Grace Church was the result of a strategic merger of two congregations that became one church in 2011.   Pastor Cone’s tenured leadership and diverse ministry experience as a pastor in our association will continue to serve the Wando Woods community and North Charleston area.  The CBA also rejoices over the opportunity to have assisted in the Pastor search process.  Deacon Chairman, Mr. Ty Philips commented, “Because of Craig’s lead in connecting us with pastor Frank Cone, we were then able to prayerfully consider him as our pastor. We called on the association... they were right there to help us whenever we asked.”     wandowoodsbc.org

Seafarer's Opportunity - Updates on Puerto Rico and Disaster Relief (scroll down)

Seafarer’s Opportunity


Seafarer’s ministry is
purposed to be a church-based ministry.  A history of CBA churches have
given oversight and
support over the past 3 decades until the past few years. The CBA is actively seeking a church(es) to adopt this dynamic ministry.  
Please contact the CBA office to learn more:
843-723-4571 / craig@charlestonbaptist.net   


Puerto Rico Update


The North American Mission Board asked South Carolina Baptist Associations to partner with a Southern Baptist Church in PR needing assistance and relief from Hurricane Maria.  La Nueva Jerusalem Baptist Church and Pastor Daniel Juarbe shared their needs with us.  The CBA partnered with work teams from the Southern Baptist relief group, Vision Puerto Rico in prayer and financial support.  Monies were given from our churches and budget reserve to meet our goal of $3,000.00 to replace the roof of the church.
Thank you for giving and participating!

Disaster Relief
SCBC recently had DR training in Walterboro, South Carolina.   On Saturday March 17, 2018, 5 returning volunteers and about 25 new volunteers were trained in feeding.  The lunch served at the event was a typical DR style meal so that all volunteers could have a “taste” of what they will be doing in the field.  As always, we hope disasters will not happen, but knowing the certainty that they will, we have to have to be prepared to help.  The next training will be April 21st. in Easley, S.C.