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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)


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"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." .

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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


Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I'm confused...

I'm confused which may come as no shock to some. Can someone tell me the benefits of being in the SBC. I believe in the theology of the SBC. I support the BFM 2000. I'm grateful for the great education I got at Samford and Southwestern Seminary. I'm thankful to be serving at a church that supports the mission of the SBC. But what is our mission? What makes a person a Southern Baptist? I always thought it was cooperation in missions. Unfortunately, I haven't witnessed much of that recently. As the pastor of hard working people who freely give 10% of their tithe to the SBC, I feel the SBC owes us an accounting of what is going on. I admit that I and other younger pastors share in the blame because we have not been involved in the past. We saw enough back room politics growing up that we decided just to serve God in our local church and support our missionaries with our money and sending groups to experience missions for themselves. I look back at what I exerienced growing up in the SBC-- this is what I have seen: 1. At least "six" (6) church splits. 2. Two of my Seminary presidents either fired or pushed out. 3. A Denominational employee going back on their word which affected our "church plant." 4. My University (Samford) leaving the SBC. 5. The SBC splitting at a national level and in various states. 6. A Godly friend "released" by the IMB for no good reason. 7. A reduction in pay of the entire staff of my former church. (I am at a great place now!) 8. Most recently: Guidestone rejected us for health insurance! What is our future? Will the SBC be viable when my children are older? Will I be able to afford to send them to an SBC school? Are we going to scare off qualified missionary candidates? Are we going to frustrate our present SBC M's that they quit? Will Guidestone give us insurance? I'm confused. What makes a Southern Baptist? My dream is that we are cooperative with each other and other like-minded individuals and denominations. I dream that we won't look at others as competition but as "co-laborers." I pray that we can clean up our act. Thanks to some Godly friends and new friends I am becoming involved. I pray that our church can know for certain that the money we give will be given to missions as we intended it.

posted by Kevin Bussey at 3/08/2006 03:00:00 PM


Blogger Alan Cross said...

I'm beginning to ask myself the same thing - especially when the BF&M does not seem to be our guide and we are constantly being surprised by one event after another.

3/08/2006 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger David Phillips said...


I've asked myself the same thing over the past year. One of the reasons I stay is not because of the SBC. It's the BCMD (baptist convention of Maryland/Delaware). We have an AWESOME state convention and I love working with them. That's reason number one.

Secondly, I cannot with good conscious and integrity say "To heck with the SBC" without being involved and getting involved for a few years. I must attempt to make a change or I can't with integrity say goodbye. I am emotionally tied to the SBC, as a friend of mine said to me last week, and must give it a fighting chance.

3/09/2006 08:54:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

I'm staying too! I am now getting involved!

3/09/2006 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger Kiki Cherry said...


I'm with you. I LOVE being part of the Pennsylvania/South Jersey convention.

We have the most transparent, godly, wonderful leadership, and men who truly put God first.

Before any decisions are made, you can be pretty sure you'll have to wait for an answer. Because our leadership takes time to pray over it first.

I have grown more in the two years since I've been up here than in all the years previously. I have also found healing from a lot of my Missionary Kid baggage.

I believe it's because I am now working with a group of men and women who know what it means to live out an authentic faith rooted in grace. I feel "safe" to be myself here, and know that I am loved and supported by our leadership. I also trust their integrity and character.

I guess I am also still SBC because of local leadership, rather than the convention at large.

3/09/2006 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

David and Kiki,

I'm glad you have great associations! I just got here and like the Association people I have met. The former DOM is the one who brought me here. He is a friend I knew from NAMB. The sorry dog left and went back to NAMB! I will forgive him but he owes me!

3/09/2006 01:14:00 PM  

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