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:

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marty duren
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art rogers
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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
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greg pouncey
jason burns
howie luvzus
gary lamb
angela davis
neil elmore
jason shepherd
monday morning insight
wayne cordeiro
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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 20, 2006

Strategy vs. going with the flow......

Marty Duren asked an important question in SBC life. Is it important to strategize or not? In this post-modern age we live in many people are fearful of strategy. They will argue that we need to be moved by the Spirit or lets go with the flow. I think this is dangerous. I'm not suggesting that every church copy other churches strategies. In fact, that is very unwise. What works in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and even Greenbow, AL (Forrest Gump's hometown) does not always work in our own area. But we can learn from other successful churches and even business people. We can learn how to strategize and how to minister effectively. I think some businesses and unfortunately many churches use the finger in the air strategy. They lick their finger and follow the way the wind is blowing. When I lived in a certain southern city, there was a church that was a feeding ground for disgruntled Christians. They were the flavor of the month. I lived a block from this church. They were a "Purpose Driven Church" and they were growing. When I came home from church, they were packed out with people. I heard great things about their church. Then for some reason the pastor decided to change their strategy almost overnight. Their staff went to "Weekends @ Northpoint" in Alpharetta, GA and came back to become this city's "Northpoint." They were already running 2000 people at the time. They completely changed their ministry and their attendance dropped significantly. I could tell the dramatic drop in attendance every Sunday by looking at the parking lot. Strategy is valuable. I'm reading Malphurs book on Strategic Planning and found these passages interesting. Exodus 18 Jethro challenged Moses to think strategically. Joshua 6, 8 and 10 are examples of strategic thinking. Nehemiah 3-6. Proverbs 14:15, 22; 15:22; 16:3-4; 19:21 20:18; 21:30. Jesus gave strategy Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15. Acts 13:1 - 21:26 Paul did not wander aimlessly. Strategy is a must. But it must be the strategy that God gives us for our specific ministry.

posted by Kevin Bussey at 1/20/2006 09:11:00 AM


Blogger martyduren said...

Good word, bro.

One observation (as an addition, not a correction):

Attendance doesn't necessarily indicate good or bad strategy. Jesus had thousands and thousands following during His ministry, but when he ascended, there were only 120 in that upper room.

Gideon has a similar story, I think.

1/21/2006 08:31:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Excellent point!

1/21/2006 08:44:00 PM  
Blogger Starsnrose said...

Great blog! I appreciate your effort and agree with you about strategy. It applies to our lives as well and I needed that reminder today. Having served for a number of years at the Fellowship of Exhaustion, er, I mean Excitement I understand what you mean about folks "floating". Sad fact that alot of people want the easy way to the truth and spoon fed as well.

1/26/2006 12:30:00 AM  

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