Today was a very hard day. I finally told our church and especially our students that I am resigning as Next Gen Pastor at First Baptist Tillman's Corner. This has been a very difficult decision. I really feel for the students. They have been through more than they deserve. To the students, I am sorry. I'm sorry it came to this. We had no intentions of leaving so soon. Unfortunately, we had no idea what we were coming in to.This is not a fault of any of the students. They are innocent in this whole mess. I truly am sorry. In June a friend of mine Thomas Hammond who used to work for the North American Mission Board of the SBC and is now the Director of Missions for Charlotte, NC SBC called and asked me to send him a resume. In August Durham Memorial Baptist in Charlotte called me for the very first time. I sent them a DVD of me speaking and they called back the same night. They asked me to come for a visit a week after Katrina. I did not want to go. But several friends said I need to at least go. I gave them a plan that was very bold and progressive. They told me they liked every one of my plans! A month later, Cassandra and I flew to Charlotte. Last Sunday I spoke to a crowd of over 300. My message was very bold and visionary. We will make changes. We will start a contemporary service. We will be a "church planting" church! We will be a missions minded church! The vote was 98% for us. They are a great group of people and made us feel very loved. The calling was certain for us. We sold our house in 30 hours for over asking price a week before we left. We put a contract on a house this past Tuesday before we flew back to Mobile. We have mixed feelings. We are sorry for the Students @ FBTC. I'm sorry my kids have to move again. I'm sorry for Cassandra to start over again. We will miss our friends in Mobile. I am grateful to the Harbins, the Vises, Angela, Whitney, Greg the storm, John-JMO, Ray, Joe, Neil, Scott Bannon, Pates, Jesse, Derek Blackmon, Soupie, Devon, Betti, Spots, Mike, The Fosters, Aaron Bradley, Joel Faircloth, Nuss', Keel's and other who have supported me and my family. Dr. Pouncey is a good man and he has been supportive of me. I'm excited for what is to come. I love big cities. Charlotte is a cool town. I love NASCAR so I will be in the right place. We will be an hour and half from my parents and sister. This is not going to be easy. But Durham has a great group of servant leaders already in place. I'm glad I've met Marty Duren who is transitioning a church in Atlanta. I'm happy to have Jason Burns to bounce stuff off of. I am blessed. God has taught me so much during this last 3 years. God has taught me more about being submitted to him rather than committed.
posted by Kevin Bussey at 11/27/2005 04:28:00 PM