Last Sunday evening it was a privilege to speak with Wilben Short in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to hear from former King's leaders the challenges Sierra Leone is facing. Both Wilben and Clare are in good heart, while the situation particularly for the disadvantaged in that country is heart-rending. When the Shorts decided to return to their country to work for the good of their land, who knew that they would be facing such times as these? Only God. Please continue to pray for Wilben and Clare, for the fight against Ebola in West Africa, and the local and international leadership in all they face.
Deb and I arrived in Delhi late last night. It's an amazing city in the north of India where we are visiting our long-time friends Tim and Liz Brown. When we leave here we fly down to Mumbai for 24 hours before ending our trip to India with 48 hours in Bangalore. Although these are short stays we are glad to be able to visit these great cities that God loves and has a plan for! Finally, we stop off at Dubai to spend some time with Steve and Heather Oliver before we return to London. Please pray for good travel and good health and that God will guide and bless our conversations.
We leave King's in good heart following our highest ever Sunday on a normal week, with growth on all our sites. Praise God! Are you enjoying our Making Life Work series? I wonder if our increased attendance is due to this great series? Do come this Sunday - the title of the message is Develop Discipline. It will bless you and will do you good!
We still have a little way to go towards our total of £60,000 for our multi-site offering this month - at the moment the total stands at just over £50,000. If you have yet to contribute please come ready to give this Sunday (or you can do so online). God is at work! We are grateful for all His blessings, including a generous people!
King's! We are a church made up of the nations - can I ask you to pray particularly for the nations of India, Dubai and Sierra Leone this week? God is at work in each of these countries too - our prayers are part of our support for the people of these great nations!
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!
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.
So, 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!
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.
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?
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.
The 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?
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!
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve also oversees a number of other Newfrontiers churches in the UK. His book, “Good to Grow”, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.
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