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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)

Children:
Jacob
Hope

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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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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Ambushed?

My sister-in-law and her husband just moved from Baltimore, Maryland to Richland Hills, GA (near Savanah). I wish they could have met and attended Adam Feldman's church before they moved. Adam is a former Bama boy who is planting a church in Baltimore. He shared today about being "Gospel Bombed." That's when a Christian tries to evangelize someone by yelling out something like "your going to hell" or "repent" or something else that they will not understand. My sister-in-law did not grow up in church. My wife was blessed to have friends that got her involved in their church in Scottsboro, AL but Carmen never had that support system. She married a young man from Baltimore a while back who came from a Lutheran background but has since become an "athiest." They visited our church start in Georgia a few years back and he actually enjoyed it. But they couldn't find--or didn't want to find a church like that in the Baltimore suburb they lived in. Three weeks ago they moved near Savanah, Georgia. Their neighbor brought over some cookies and welcomed them to the neighborhood. Carmen went to work the next evening and 3 people from a local Baptist church came to visit Pete unannounced. They had no relationship with him. They told Pete they got his name from the neighbor who brought over the cookies. Pete felt ambushed! I know some of you who read this will say they are fulfilling the Great Commission. I disagree. They did more harm than good. Pete thinks all believers but Cassandra and me are wacko's. If the neighbor had taken time to get to know Carmen and Pete--she could have shared with them as a friend. Instead Pete felt like he was a conquest. We have to start examining our methods and our motives to reach the Judges 2:10 Generation!

posted by Kevin Bussey at 4/25/2006 09:10:00 AM

14 Comments:

Blogger Scott Freeman said...

It's the old "evangelism as car sales technique" I've been contemplating blogging about. It's the mindset that says "what is it going to take for me to get you to drive out of here saved today. What will it take to get you to say this prayer. I'll go talk to my manager and I bet He will come down on the sticker price of salvation for you."

4/25/2006 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Your right Scott! It's put another notch on my belt.

4/25/2006 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger art rogers said...

I have to come out of my time out to say, "Amen" to this thought.

4/25/2006 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger David Phillips said...

Kevin,

I certainly hope Carmen and her husband can meet some believers who are more relational in their evangelism.

In high school, I used to video the mens and women's basketball games and I got to spend a lot of time around the cheerleaders waiting for the games to start, of which Carmen was one. (BTW...that was a huge perk, in case you're wondering) Carmen always seemed like a great person but I never really got to know her like I got to know some of the others. She was a bit more on the quiet side, at least to me, and I never got to talk about Christ with her.

I feel for them and for your wife. I know she's praying for her and Pete and no that I will pray for them as well.

4/25/2006 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Kevin
I love that name.
Have you ever heard of friendship evangelism? I do not think there is a book but I do believe Jesus did it this way. Think of the Tax collectors and the prostitutes did He come at them with their sin, no he had dinner with them ,He laughed with them, He listened to them, He cared about them, He loved them. We need to understand things have changed the knocking on doors only works if they know you and know that you care about them as friends. I have found it to be a better way of reaching out to the lost and it also gets me out in the community and let’s folks see me and that I am like many of them only I have a joy that I want to share.
In Him
Kevin Lancaster

4/25/2006 12:35:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Thanks David,

Carmen made a profession years back. She even visited a church plant in the Baltimore area with her children but Pete wouldn't go. This is the reason why.

I applaud their neighbor for reaching out. I just wish she had built a relationship with them. Then she would have earned their trust. Pete just thinks that all Christians are right-wing fanatics. This story breaks my heart. Especially since I was teaching this style of evangelism when I was the Min. of Evangelism.

4/25/2006 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Hey Kevin,

Yes, I use Friendship Evanglism. I hang out at Starbucks and coffee shops and go to as many civic things I can to meet people. Now, I don't go to "win" them to Christ. I go to become their friend--because I am their friend I tell them about Jesus. I think that is the way Jesus lived.

4/25/2006 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie Wootten said...

Fortunately, Friendship/Relational/Servant evangelism is what the seminaries are beginning to teach young wipper snappers like myself in Evangelism classes.

Unfortunately, that means it may be another 20 years before that mindset catches on in some of our older churches.

4/25/2006 01:09:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Jamie,

That's great to hear. I still had to take CWT when I was in Seminary. Personally, still like "Becoming A Contagious Christian." I do like the tract for "THE NET."

I use whatever it takes. I use the FAITH question sometimes. I use the Roman Road, I just share my story with people. Paul said to become all things to all people--I'm trying.

4/25/2006 01:22:00 PM  
Blogger Arkansas Razorbaptist said...

Yeah I have never like the ambush method. Christianty is about relationships. I have a little beef with the SBC's FAITH program, for the very reasons that you stated in your post. Let's leave those tactics to the Mormons:)

4/25/2006 04:04:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Kevin
My thoughts are the same I am willing to do things outside of what I am comfortable doing to be able to present Christ to them as a friend and some times that right has to be earned. I hope more of the traditional churches see this before they make the same mistakes that was made with your brother In law.
In Him
Kevin Lancaster

4/25/2006 04:20:00 PM  
Blogger adam said...

yikes. i'm not sure gospel bombing or gospel ambushing is a wide-spread phenomina. but, because it is so sporadic and seemingly disengaged from relationship (as in what you and i blogged about today) it is very, very unwelcomed and counter-productive.

btw, i may be a "former" bama-boy in the sense that i used to live in bama, but my blood still runs crimson...

4/25/2006 04:59:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Adam,

Once in Crimson you are always Crimson!

4/25/2006 05:05:00 PM  
Blogger Tammy Pate said...

That's funny - I actually posted something in my blog about this very subject yesterday!

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=58905505&blogID=113973185&MyToken=96255793-684b-49d0-90bd-568e7cbb6242

I don't know if that works, just go to www.myspace.com/tambabe72 and click on "Cancer Kids & Angry Teens". It is about a murdered teen's funeral sermon.

Tammy

4/26/2006 01:55:00 PM  

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