Adult Choir Combines Service Projects and Concert on Mission

•June 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Choir at work


This article appeared in the Shelby, NC Star as a result of the Praise & Worship Choir from Spring Valley Baptist Church in Columbia, SC ministering through service projects and a community concert in April:

Ministry without walls
By Rebecca Clark

Published: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 17:19 PM.
They came with choir books and willing hands, ready to paint, hammer and minister to the people of Cleveland County.

Beginning early Saturday morning, 80 choir members from Spring Valley Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C., scattered throughout the county to paint homes, assist with a clothing give-away, build wheelchair ramps and conduct a survey.

Five local churches paired up with Spring Valley to provide transportation and assistance.

Saturday evening, the church’s choir members performed an Easter musical, ‘Victorious,’ at Elizabeth Baptist Church as a grand finale to the ministry.

‘Helping hands’

The community mission work was a result of connections between Spring Valley Baptist’s choir director, Dr. Rick McCollum, and the Rev. Charles Reed, ministry team leader of the Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association.

Both men served at Flint Grove Baptist Church in Gastonia during the 1980s.

“We wanted to take our entire choir outside the walls of our church and, in addition, show the love of Christ in a tangible way by providing helping hands to those needing help,” McCollum previously told The Star.

After a morning spent working, lunch was provided for the group at the Baptist Men’s Work Camp on Sharpton Road.

Meeting needs

Clyde Strickland, choir member, said his group was paired up with Elizabeth Baptist Church.

He spent the morning working on a wheelchair ramp.

“I thought it was a great idea,” Strickland said. “It’s nice to get outside our own community…see their needs.”

Not only was he able to lend a helping hand, but he said it provides an opportunity to build camaraderie between different churches.

Mike McGee, Elizabeth Baptist’s minister of music, said his group went out to paint an elderly couple’s home.

“This has been great,” McGee said. “It was a real needy situation and that’s what this is all about.”

Vandy Hobbs, who was part of the Second Baptist Church group, helped conduct surveys in the neighborhood around the church and invite people to the evening concert.

Hobbs said he had fun but was most looking forward to singing.

A 20-year member of Spring Valley’s choir, he said the performance was one of the church’s best.


M3 Resource Groups Meet Throughout SC

•September 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The SC Baptist Convention promotes missions through music around the state.  To help organize these music missions efforts in your church, they provide M3 (Musicarts Mission Movement) Resource Groups.  These groups are interactive learning and networking for worship leaders to learn how to disciple others using missional thinking which results in mission projects to our communities.

These groups meet from 1-3PM.  Groups meet September 2012 through May 2013, except for December. The Columbia and Barnwell-Bamberg groups meet October through May, except for December.  To get involved and for more information, please contact Mark Powers, Director of the Music and Worship Office of the SC Baptist Convention at 803-227-6166 or email

Here is a list of meeting times and locations:


First Tuesday: York-Lancaster-Rock Hill at Eastview Bapt Ch, Rock Hill

First Thursday: Easley-Pickens-Anderson at Westminster Bapt Ch

Second Tuesday: Barnwell-Bamberg at Ashleigh Bapt Ch, Blackville

Second Thursday: Greenville-Spartanburg at Anderson Mill Bapt Ch, Moore

 Third Tuesday: Aiken-N Augusta-Edgefield at Millbrook Bapt Ch, Aiken

Third Tuesday: Columbia-Lexington-Camden at SCBC Bldg

Third Thursday: Chester-Great Falls at First Bapt Richburg  

Fourth Tuesday: Charleston-Summerville at The Fellowship @Oakbrook, Summerville

Fourth Thursday: Laurens-Clinton at Chestnut Ridge Bapt, Laurens


Mark Powers Defines “Worshipers on Mission”

•June 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Today, SC Baptist Convention’s Mark Powers met with several worship leaders around the state and gave his definition of “worshipers on mission:”

…meeting people at their point of need on a regular basis in your community to build relationships which lead to witnessing opportunities…

Valley Voices Sing at Martha Franks (Spring Valley Baptist Church, Columbia, SC)

•June 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Valley Voices is the senior adult choir of Spring Valley Baptist Church.  Here they are singing at Martha Franks Retirement Center of Laurens, SC.  They are presenting the musical “Well Seasoned Praise.”  This group sings throughout the year in a variety of venues including churches, civic clubs, schools, retirement facilities and businesses.  To schedule the Valley Voices to sing for your organization, contact Rick McCollum at 803-736-0624.

Youth Choir Flash Mob Singing at Louisville Slugger Bat Factory (First United Methodist, Tucker, GA)

•June 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Tom Moore is the Director of Arts and Music at First United Methodist Church of Tucker, Georgia near Atlanta.  He took his youth choir on tour in Kentucky and Tennessee last week.  Here is a “flash mob singing” inside the Louisville Slugger Bat Factory.  You just never know when missional musc ministry might happen!

Middle School Mission Choir (By Rick McCollum)

•May 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I had directed youth choirs for nearly 35 years when my wonderful youth choir fizzled out.  It took all I had to let it die a natural death.  This year, we began to dream a new dream, first for our middle schoolers.  We started a Middle School Mission Choir this spring.  The idea was to work on music that could be used in worship but also as a witness to others, combine that music emphasis with mission and ministry opportunities.  Our first outing was this past Sunday when we took 13 middle schoolers, a guitarist a pianist plus adults and sang for kids in a trailor park.  We connected with a ministry called Inside Out Of South Carolina.  I think we’re going to keep this going for a while.  Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity of music missions literally in our own backyard.

South Carolina Singing Churchmen on Tour (Video by Dan Williams)

•April 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The South Carolina Singing Churchmen recently took their musical abilities and shared them with the people of the Dominican Republic.  Take a look at all of the wonderful experiences of ministry and missions.  The South Carolina Singing Churchmen are ministers of music throughout the South Carolina Baptist Convention.