Todd Unzicker, who is being recommended as the next executive director-treasurer for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), spoke to a group of pastors on April 8 about his vision for the state convention if he’s elected.
The event was organized by Fruitland Baptist Bible College and hosted by First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, N.C.
Unzicker told the crowd North Carolina Baptists are “a movement of churches on mission together,” after sharing a brief sermon on Revelation 5.
He noted five elements of the passage that define his vision for the convention:
- Salvation in Christ alone
- All peoples
“We are going to be a convention that reaches all peoples to worship, ready for change and to suffer, standing on the authority of God’s word and the exclusivity of Jesus Christ, fueled by prayer, our primary strategy.”
Following the presentation BSC president Micheal Pardue, pastor of First Baptist Church Icard in Connelly Springs, moderated a question-and-answer time with Unzicker.
Discussion covered topics such as how to cultivate unity among N.C. Baptists, relating to church leaders in various types of churches, current debates in Southern Baptist life and other issues.
The BSC’s board of directors is scheduled to consider a motion in a meeting on April 16 to nominate Unzicker for the executive role based on a recommendation from its search committee. If Unzicker becomes the board’s nominee, the group will call a special meeting of the convention to present the nomination to messengers.
Unzicker preached during a Wednesday night service at FBC Hendersonville on April 7. There, Unzicker spoke from Romans 12:1-2 on “The Amazing Power of Amazing Grace.”
“The gospel is not just how you begin the Christian life,” Unzicker said, “but how you grow in the Christian life.”