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)

Children:
Jacob
Hope

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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dmbc
my parents ministry
starbucks
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



 

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Hills and Valleys of our faith.........

I have had the gift of Evangelism for as long as I can remember. It is a gift. I did nothing to deserve it-God gave it to me. I can remember leading people to Christ in middle school. It followed me all through out my vocational ministry. I often wondered if you could lose a gift. For the last few years, our ministry was dry. I saw the fewest decisions for Christ I had ever seen. I saw a church that was falling apart. I was the last of 7 full-time pastors on a staff hired and the last one remaining as of last June. I began to wonder had God removed my gift. But, I think God left us in Mobile to transition for the new pastor. He is a good man and I believe he is good for the church. He gets to establish his team. After my leaving my assistant Brad Campbell (Soupie) was named interim. Soupie is a great guy and was my biggest supporter. He and I built a youth center called the "attik" and it is cool. Check out the website here. We scheduled a D-Now for Jan. Of course I resigned before the D-Now occured but it went on because of Soupie! Soupie sent me the following message after the D-Now.
Youth Service when great!! ... 6 Salvations, and 4 re-dedications presented to the church last nite. And the youth flooded the altar at invitation for prayer. It was a good ending to a great weekend....everyone of them mentioned you in their testimony!! Just thought I'd let you know.
Then Neil Elmore one of my interns has been leading people to Christ on a weekly basis! I get excited about seeing young people I trained leading people to Christ. I wondered why God allowed us to plant a church that eventually folded. Then I received this note from Gary Lamb who is meeting in the same movie theater that we met at in Canton, GA. Gary's church is doing awesome and I praise God for that. Gary said:
...if it were not for the Bridge laying groundwork here in what a modern churchcould look like, we would not be here. You guys fought a lot of battles especially with the association that made it where I didn't have too. I have never shared that with you before but I should have.
Personally, God has restored the gift he gave me-not that it ever went away. I never stopped sharing my faith, it is just now he bringing people to Himself again. The dryness I felt for the last 3+ years has gone. It makes me appreciate God's Grace. I am grateful He never left me. I am more excited than ever to reach Charlotte, NC for Christ. I know I will go through more valleys--Maybe this will encourage others to continue serving Him eventhough you feel His hand has left you.

posted by Kevin Bussey at 4/06/2006 01:11:00 PM

7 Comments:

Blogger Jamie Wootten said...

Kevin,
Thanks for sharing these events with us. It is always encouraging and uplifting to see God at work in His people.

Our church is currently ministering to a homeless single mother with four children. She is about as unchurched as it gets but has been blown away by the love of Christ that we have shown her. I believe it is only a matter of time before she gives her life over to Christ.

When you ask God to bring people your way, you'd better get ready!!!

4/06/2006 04:58:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

That is awesome Jamie! Keep fighting the good fight!

4/06/2006 05:01:00 PM  
Blogger Tim Sweatman said...

Kevin,

Thanks for posting this. I'm going through a dry spell in my ministry right now. While I know in that brighter days are ahead, it helps to see tangible evidence of that in the lives of others.

4/06/2006 07:43:00 PM  
Blogger Nate Goodwin said...

That is great to hear that. I have personally stuck through some tough times in my current ministry and we have recently seen some great things happening where I am. We have some very unchurched people coming to Christ and joining the church. We are also seeing people who have sat on a pew for years thinking they knew Jesus really meet Him. It is refreshing to know that God has been at work through foundations that have been laid over time.

A funny quote that one man who is on fire for Jesus said to me the other week in refference to a church left me having to do everything I could to keep from falling out of my chair. He was talking about another pastor in our area helping him. "The guy who OWNS the church across the street has been a great help." We are working with him.

I realized in thinking about this statement that we are seeing some great things take place in that we have many different people who are meeting Jesus!

4/07/2006 08:54:00 AM  
Blogger Neil Elmore said...

We couldnt have done any of this without you man. Thanks for everything

4/07/2006 04:05:00 PM  
Blogger Tammy Pate said...

Hey BK:

Keep in mind that while you felt "dry" in your ministry, you were the "rock" of stability for MANY of us. You were the only thing that stayed the same for those years. Your character never faltered when all those around us were saying/doing things you should never hear/see at a Christ-centered church. Plus, you remained constant for me & my family when faced with life's hardest struggle - possibly losing a child. I don't think it was a coincidence, your leaving at the time you did. In our life, Colette was finally stable and we were able to breathe for the first time since May 2005. We were able to let you go and you didn't even know it.

Please remember there are those of us who suffered in a different way, but still suffered along with you. I personally made a few trips to the altar specifically for you and the other BK.

Thank you for being reliable and trustworthy in your character. I am glad you were there during those stormy days. I know many others are as well. I hope I will continue to value my spiritual leaders while they are in my life.

Your sister,
Tammy

4/09/2006 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Thanks Tammy!

4/09/2006 05:35:00 PM  

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