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Graduation day...

Never a dull moment in the Tibbert household, with another landmark day on Tuesday this week as we celebrated Ben getting his degree. A very proud father-and-mother moment! The week has also involved Deb being away on a school trip, so the household routine is falling apart in her absence. Take-away meals all week - a complete lack of integrity after my challenge on Sunday to eat and live healthily. Fortunately, I believe in and practice the principle of grace, but I am planning to go running over the weekend.

Following the brilliant Willow Global Leadership Summit last weekend, I am now passing on much of what I learned to a group of lead elders who have arrived for two days of coaching - always a stimulating event!

At the same time preparations are in place for our trip to India next week. We will visit Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Please pray for good travel and protected health for Deb and I as we seek to encourage those we meet in this amazing and significant nation. We will also spend a few days in Dubai before returning home.

Back here in southeast London our focus is on our monthly Multi-Site Gift Day offering this weekend. I ask again that whichever meeting you attend you come prepared to give - reaching our target of £60,000 would be such an encouragement to us all. I believe we can do it!

October Multi-Site Gift Days

Posted by Steve Tibbert at 11:05 AM


Global Leadership Summit

Bill Hybels is one of most influential Christian leaders of our generation. He is also one of the most focused people I have ever met, as I found out some time ago when I was fortunate enough to have lunch with him. He was clearly a man with a desire to see the gospel of Jesus go forward - a great motivation to have. Willow Creek Community Church, which Bill Hybels leads, has become a byword for reaching out to those seeking God and is a church that has worked at refining a sensitive approach to seekers as the people of Willow declare the Good News of Jesus.

GLS advertSo, I am delighted that once again over the next two days we will be hosting the annual Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit here at King's, this Friday and Saturday, at the Catford site. There are available places still to be had - if you would like to come along on the 10th and 11th and register for this videocast conference. It will be well worth it!

Then on Sunday I will be speaking again at our Catford and Lee sites in the second week of our series based in the book of Proverbs - Making Life Work. This series is already proving popular, with all the copies of the books (written by Bill Hybels) we had provided sold out last week! More were delivered to the King's office this week, ready for you to buy if you weren't able to get hold of one last weekend. And our Downham site will begin with the introduction to the series.

Last Sunday saw another exciting milestone in the life of King's - the official opening of the new Lee auditorium. We are already anticipating great gospel fruit from this wonderful resource but you will realize that there is still much work required in the rest of the building. Can I therefore ask you all to come prepared to contribute to our Multi-Site Gift Day this Sunday, when our target for October is £60,000. We are eager to see even more gospel progress among the people and communities of southeast London. I believe it's what we are here for!

Posted by Steve Tibbert at 11:01 AM


Making Life Work

Making Life Work We begin a new preaching series this coming Sunday entitled Making Life Work. It is based on a book of the same name by Bill Hybels - an immensely practical, readable and encouraging book - and draws on the wisdom teaching found in the book of Proverbs. We actually did this series 13 years ago, but 90% of the church was not around then - an amazing statistic! I'm looking forward to seeing how the riches of this Old Testament book will impact us as we go through the series.

I began to think where we were 13 years ago as a church. Who could have imagined three sites, with six meetings over all, and three meetings at our Catford site alone? This Sunday also marks the opening of the refurbished auditorium at our Lee site and there will be an outreach morning this Saturday in preparation for the start of this new term.

New Lee auditorium

There are people who are now a part of our church who were first contacted through our outreach mornings and we are preparing to welcome and care for even more people who are beginning their journey of faith! Our Alpha teams are preparing to welcome those we invite - be thinking and praying about who you can speak to about coming along to Alpha. It's going to be a great year!

Have you seen our billboards around the locality? Look out for them!

And I wonder what God will do with us over the next thirteen years?

Lee billboards

Posted by Steve Tibbert at 11:25 AM


Growing in leadership

I am always as eager to develop my own leadership gift as I am to encourage others in our churches to do the same. This week I have had the privilege to gather with like-minded leaders from fifteen large churches from different countries across Europe - a great opportunity to think about and discuss together how we lead our churches! This event is hosted by Leadership Network and on this occasion we are learning from the leadership team of a large church called Gateway from the USA.

Next week I am looking forward to hearing Dr. Henry Cloud speak at a day conference on Leadership and Boundaries - he has written an excellent book on the subject and was a contributor to the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit a couple of years ago.

GLS 2014The following weekend there is the opportunity for many of us to benefit from the experience and wisdom of some first class leaders when King's hosts this year's Global Leadership Summit videocast conference at our Catford site. This great event takes place on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th of October and it's not too late to book in (there is a £30 discount for regular King's attenders). I am looking forward to being there and to seeing as many of you as can make it - it will be well worth it! And with the conference fast approaching, it's the last chance to sign up for the GLS - sign in online here.

Whatever context in which you exercise leadership, whether at home, in a secular work context or in the life of the church, it is good to continue to have your leadership gift challenged, encouraged and stretched. Being faithful in these roles now will be essential preparation for whatever God has for us in the future! We have a great Biblical encouragement from Jesus for that in the Parable of the Talents! (Matt 25:14-30)

So... can I ask you - how are you investing in your leadership development?


Posted by Steve Tibbert at 7:05 AM


Come and See!

Those of you who have been at King's for some time will know that September is the start of our church year. After the summer break there's a sense of another starting line for the life and ministry of our great church and this year is no exception! Vision Sunday marks the official start this coming weekend.  

I'm looking forward to preaching at all three sites this Sunday and sharing with you something of what I believe God is calling us to in the time ahead. I have given my talk the title - ‘Come and See' and I look forward to seeing you there. This is a day not to miss! Please do all you can to be at one of the six meetings and come prayerfully prepared - as we look around at the communities we serve we have a great call on our lives to reach the lost people of southeast London - and beyond. Here's a short video clip to whet your appetite...

Apart from taking time this weekend to consider the King's vision and our local mission, another great event rapidly approaches. We have been actively involved with the Willow Creek UK Association for some years and the Global Leadership Summit, which we will be hosting here at our Catford site takes place on Friday and Saturday October 10th-11th. This is always a brilliant couple of days.

Entitled Lead Where You Are, this videocast event will give us the chance to hear world-class speakers from outside our usual network - men and women with experience and expertise in areas of leadership who have proved to be helpful to churches like us all over the world. The sessions are on video and there will be a well-stocked bookstall. Come and be inspired and encouraged! You can find further details and book online here. A special rate of £30 is available for regular King's attenders - book via the King's website!

Each year in September we have been able to look back on all God has done for us as a church and all He has brought us through. We can also look ahead with faith knowing that He holds the future and has even more for us - it's His call! Let's enter into all He has for us with joy and resolve to follow and serve as His faithful people, covered by His grace. Come and see on Sunday!

Posted by Steve Tibbert at 7:02 AM


Family matters...

Wilben & Clare ShortAfter a full and exciting last Sunday Deb and I had the privilege of hosting Wilben and Clare Short at our house. Wilben and Clare were key leaders here and part of the church family of King's during the last decade, but felt God call them back to their home nation, Sierra Leone, around three years ago. Following a very successful business career culminating in organising the London Olympic transport bid for 2012, Wilben felt called home to help rebuild his home nation. They are such an impressive couple - please do pray for them as they prepare to return once again, even with the challenges that the Ebola virus is creating in West Africa.

Steve Nicholson at LeeThis week we have had the privilege of being served by Steve and Cindy Nicholson our friends from the wider family of God from Chicago Evanston Vineyard, USA. Their visits are always significant for King's! What an amazing evening it was to gather in our new Lee auditorium last night - to praise God, receive from Him, and ask Him to move in power amongst us in the coming year. 


Josh TibberAnd we had another momentous day in the Tibbert household earlier this week when on Monday we took Joshua to his new university house in Portsmouth! After his year on FP Impact training he is ready for the new challenge but we miss him at home already. Another red-letter day for our family!

This weekend sees another opportunity for us to gather to worship our wonderful God - do join us at one of our meetings, whether at Catford, Downham or Lee. See the relevant times of meetings here. We also have the added blessing of dedications, where we will celebrate the joy of new birth and pray for the parents who will be raising the next generation as they seek God's guidance and the support of the church family in this vital task!

At the same time in our church family our prayers are with the members of the Glanville family - Ruth Glanville passed away on Monday night, following a long stay in hospital. Ruth was a member at King's (and before that at Catford Hill Baptist Church) for over 50 years and headed up what became Wednesday Welcome. A service of celebration for Ruth's life will take place at King's on Friday 3rd October - further details to follow. Meanwhile, let's continue to pray for the Glanville family.

Posted by Steve Tibbert at 11:02 AM

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