Benson Baptist Church aims to be a place where people can connect with God, the world and one another.
“From the outside, a lot of churches probably look the same,” said the Rev. Paul Burgess, pastor. “But once you’re inside Benson Baptist – once you participate in the worship, serve in the ministries and build relationships with the people here – you begin to sense that this place isn’t like a lot of the others.”
Here is more about the church.
Name of church: Benson Baptist Church.
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Year founded: 1887.
Address: 200 W. Church St., Benson.
Affiliation: Baptist – most closely affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
Membership: around 250 people.
What sets the church apart? “There’s a love here that permeates everything we do,” Burgess said. “It’s a love that’s bigger than us; therefore, it grounds us, reminding us that we’re all imperfect, and yet we each have inconceivable worth. This amazing love drives our desire to know more of Christ, to relate more closely with one another and to serve the community and world around us. It is, plainly stated, the love of God, and I’m grateful to say that it’s palpable here at Benson Baptist Church.”
What’s your church’s message? “Connecting with God, each other and the world.” “Our church is strongly focused on what Jesus recognized as the greatest commandment: to love God and love others,” Burgess said. “At Benson Baptist, we seek to fulfill that command by creating a culture of connecting — with God, each other and the world.”
Special programs: BBCelebrate! is a contemporary-style worship at 9 a.m. Sundays. Also, the church serves a meal and offers a Bible study at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. A youth group meets Sundays and Wednesdays, and the church offers a children’s ministry.
Special events: Stop Hunger Now meal-packing event: A few weeks ago, “we packed over 10,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now, a global organization focused on defeating world hunger,” Burgess said. “We host at least one such event every year.” Backpack Buddies: “We pack bags of food for impoverished children at Benson Elementary to take home on the weekend.” Lunch on the Lawn: “Once a week during the summer we serve free bag lunches to community children and families on our church lawn, where we also set up a variety of games and activities. It’s our way to help continue the vision of our Backpack Buddies program into the summer when school is out.” Mission trips: “We take at least one mission trip every year to somewhere outside of Benson. Last year, we went to the impoverished area of North Charleston, S.C., to work with a community organization focused revitalizing neighborhoods through investing in their strengths.” Operation Christmas Child: “We pack and collect Christmas care boxes that are shipped to needy children around the world.” Vacation Bible School.
A recent sermon: “How Many Does It Take?” “The occasion was All Saints’ Day, and so we pondered how many Christians, how many ‘saints’ it would take to fully grasp the love of God,” Burgess said. “As Paul points out in Ephesians 3:17-19, it takes us all.”
Other facts: “We just hired a full-time minister to children and youth; his name is Tyler Wood. With at least six new babies coming before summer, he is indeed a welcomed addition. Many college students from Campbell University find a ‘church home away from home’ in BBC.”