about me

Kevin Bussey (aka k-dawg)
Lead Pastor
Charlotte, NC, USA

Samford University: B.S. Public Administration, 1985
University of Alabama at Birmingham: M.A. Education, 1988

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: MDivBL, 1995

Married to:
Cassandra (6-25-88)


quote of the week

"Pastor I don't like your plans" Bisagno, "what are your plans." man, "I don't have any." Bisagno, "I like my plans better than yours." .

Dr. John R. Bisagno:

blogs i read

marty duren
joe kennedy
art rogers
stuart delony
wade burleson
kiki cherry
david phillips
dorcas hawker
arkansas rasorbaptist
cb scott
ben cole
tim sweatman
jason sampler
mark mansheim
adam feldman
scott freeman
wes kenny
alan cross
john stickley
bowden mcelroy
c w
jamie wootten
nate goodwin
paul littleton
jeff richard young
J. A. Gillmartin
villa rica
phillips lynn
micah fries
preachin jesus
morris chapman
tim sweetman
kevin lancaster
jeremy roberts
al mohler
ronnie floyd
david rogers
sbc bloggers
greg pouncey
jason burns
howie luvzus
gary lamb
angela davis
neil elmore
jason shepherd
monday morning insight
wayne cordeiro
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favorite links

my parents ministry
starbucks gossip
the ooze
willowcreek association
purpose driven
northpoint community church
springs church
albert pujols
shaun alexander
john maxwell
element 2
dale jarrett
bama magazine
bible gateway
biblical studies foundation

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listening [to]

building 429: rise

chris tomlin: live from austin music hall

various: music inspired by the chronicles of narnia

fusebox: once again

passion: How Great Is Our God

storyside:b : everything and more

delirious?: the mission bell

hillsong united: look to you


Friday, January 06, 2006

How do you measure success in church?

I'm reading a great book by Craig Gross called, "The Gutter: Where Life is Meant to be Lived." It is very thought provoking. He challenges every Christian to find the "gutter" the place where people aren't like them and reach out to that group for the sake of Jesus. He and a friend started the XXX Church that reaches out to people in the porn industry. Neither one of them had a problem with porn in the past but felt convicted to reach out to those people. They have had their fare share of criticism from other Christians. (go figure) Don't you think those are the people who need Christ the most? Anyway the reached out to one of the main leaders in the porn industry and have become his friend. The 700 Club intervied them and the Porn guru and asked him if his life had been changed. He said he has not accepted Christ but respects Craig and his partner. The 700 Club finished their report by stating that they were not successful in making him a convert and that they were more sucessful with their website. The implication was if they don't put a notch on their Bible then they haven't been successful. Is that Biblical? Jesus told us to "GO" in Matthew 28:18. I believe those who share their faith will lead people to Christ, but does not leading someone to Christ mean that our effort to share Jesus was not successful? I think that is wrong! Personally, I have the gift of evangelism and more times than not when I share my faith people accept Christ. I don't say that arrogantly. I say it because it is not me--it is a gift that God has given me. But is my obedience in sharing with someone and them accepting Christ better than someone who shares their faith with another and they reject it? I say NO!. Dr. Roy Fish was my Evangelism Professor at Southwestern Seminary. He challenged us in so many ways. He said that the average person must hear the good news of Jesus 7 times before they accept Him into their lives. He asked this question-- "Are you willing to be #6?" Are you willing to share your faith all your life and never see a person come to Christ? I think #'s 1-6 are just as valuable as a person like me who seems to be a #7! We are all needed. I think success is measured in changed lives and how obedient we have been to the calling Jesus has given us!

posted by Kevin Bussey at 1/06/2006 03:35:00 PM


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The Cure for the Common Life
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Why Men Hate Going to Church
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Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders
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The Next Generation Leader: Five Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future
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Choosing to Cheat : Who Wins When Family and Work Collide?
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The Best Question Ever
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Radical Reformission, The: Reaching Out without Selling Out
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A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey
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The Story We Find Ourselves In: Further Adventures of a New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren

Too Busy Not to Pray: Slowing Down to Be With God
by Bill Hybels

A Passionate Church
by Mike Breen and Walt Kallenstad

A Passionate Life
by Mike Breen and Walt Kallenstad

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
by Donald Miller

Searching for God Knows What
by Donald Miller

Spiritual Leadership: Moving People to God's Agenda
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When you don't know better.........
How God uses pain.............
I hope I never have to..............

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