On Tuesday evening I had the privilege of interviewing six new members from our Downham site. At the same time Mick Taylor, Malcolm Kyte and Ben Welchman were also doing interviews - around 17 people in all who were overwhelmingly positive about Downham's involvement in the move to multisite and who are excited about the vision for all we want to see God achieve through us in south east London!
The high quality input of Martin Alley, Ben Welchman and Nigel Mumford (amongst others) in helping the people of Downham to become an active part in this vision has been crucial - as has the willingness of the people there to share that vision. That they spent three months at Catford while the Downham building was refurbished has, I believe, been important too. Further, those who are part of the Downham site tell us that they are encouraged by the good standard of the building work done and the difference that the money spent has made. I believe that all that investment, both financial and in terms of human effort, will bear great fruit in the future!
Today I am in Croydon, meeting with Dave Stroud and the Newfrontiers UK team and looking forward to this coming Sunday and our Mothers' Day event. We are expecting plenty of visitors as we will see twenty babies and small children brought by their families to give thanks to God and dedicate themselves to the task of godly parenting. Our kids' work is growing fast!
Standing at the back of our first meeting of the day I looked out on everyone enjoying our Celebration of Diversity. It was great! Apart from the flags of the nations that always hang in the auditorium, there was plenty of brightly coloured bunting too - and when everyone turns up in nation dress then we really are a multi-coloured community! It is so good to worship God together in this context and taste something of what it will be like in heaven when all tribes, races and nations will praise our glorious God together in harmony!
And it was my turn to preach. I spoke on the joys and challenges of being a multi-generational church as well as one that has many cultures represented, one that has both young and old within it and all the decades in between. A first time for me speaking five times on a Sunday and as we look to do this regularly... I say, ‘Bring it on!
Looking ahead, my coming week involves joining with key leaders from Newfrontiers for a three day conference. Like King's, the Newfrontiers movement is looking to the future and all that God is calling us to do. As you pray for King's and its leaders please also continue to pray for the leadership of the movement of which we are a part - that Newfrontiers churches will have an increasingly significant role in reaching the lost and establishing further churches that know the power and presence of Jesus - for His glory!
This week I hosted two days of coaching for twelve lead elders from within our Newfrontiers family of churches from around the country. This is a regular event and one which I really enjoy! On our first day, we had the privilege of hearing from John and Debby Wright from Trent Vineyard Church in Nottingham. They lead one of the fastest growing churches in the UK - it was great to learn from their experience.
Thanks for your prayers about the meeting with Eurocentres this week. To be honest I was a little disappointed we did not make more progress, but the discussion was constructive and we will meet again in early May. Patience has never been one of my top fruits of the Spirit and is obviously an area in which I need to grow!
Having missed the first opportunity to preach 5 times on a Sunday by being laid out with a stomach virus, I am now really looking forward to speaking this Sunday at our Celebrating Diversity day. I look forward to seeing you there!
... Don't forget the clocks go forward this weekend...
It has been a good week! On Thursday night and Friday I had the joy of meeting up with Dave Stroud's apostolic team, as we look to serve the churches in the UK and beyond.
Yesterday, Deb and I enjoyed speaking at the Sex, Romance and God seminar, which Deb & I lead annually. It is always encouraging to see couples investing in their marriages - over 30 on this occasion. We had a great time together - it's my prayer that as we build a church of some size that we will establish strong marriages within the church.
As I travelled around the three sites today, I was very encouraged by all I saw and heard. So much hard work, thought and prayer was in evidence - all bearing fruit as we are already seeing early signs of growth! I particularly enjoyed hearing Ed's testimony at the baptism in the 5.30 service.
The week ahead starts with an important meeting with the CEO of Eurocentres, who is over from Switzerland to meet with me and Paul Braithwaite - we would value your prayers in preparation for this key meeting.
Have you ever wondered what a pastor does in a normal week? Here's a snap shot of my Tuesday this week...
8 am - Skype call to Australia to speak to my friend Pete Cornford in Perth. It was 40 degrees in Perth, cold and misty in London
9.30am - Staff prayer at King's including encouraging reports from the Alpha ‘Holy Spirit' day on Saturday. Six first time commitments made, with a total now of 13 people coming to Christ on this course. And there was further fantastic news - early signs of growth on all sites and at all meetings with numbers of visitors in evidence
10.30am - 30 minutes with the elders to stay up to speed on three key issues
11.00am - 30 minutes meeting with all three site leaders
11.30am - Catford site team meeting followed by
Phone call to Paul Braithwaite in France (Paul was an elder at King's prior to relocating to France and still gives his financial and planning skills to support the work at King's)
1-3pm - lunch meeting with Graham Marsh, leader of King's Church, Eastbourne
3-5pm - meeting with key staff
5-6pm - phone calls, admin
6.00pm - go home, pick up Deb, return to King's for the Marriage Course
7-10pm - Deb and I speak on the Marriage Course on Good Sex
10.15pm - Arrive home
A full and fruitful day - never a dull moment in pastoral ministry!
You can imagine how disappointed I was to miss our ‘Going Live' Sunday for multi-site last week, so I really enjoyed travelling round all three sites today - and it was great to feel so much better! Across all three locations the signs are all very encouraging and while these are early days and it will take a few weeks for things to settle down, already we have many visitors appearing at all our meetings.
Next Saturday morning at the Catford site, Deb and I will be hosting the annual marriage enrichment seminar - Sex, Romance and God. It runs from 10am to 12.30 and is free - but if you plan to attend (and we hope as many couples as possible will do so!) you will need to sign up by ringing the Church Office. We cannot provide childcare on this occasion so please make alternative arrangements for your children.
I thought you may like to know that my book Good to Grow is in the final stages at the publisher's, and we hope to have copies available by end of May early June at a discounted price! It will be good to hold an actual copy of the book after all this time...
On Sunday we got to test our contingency plan to cover the preacher falling sick! At the moment when I finally realised I would not be able to preach as planned I was very grateful to be part of a team - and to have Mick Taylor step in at the last minute and preach the message I had prepared was amazing! Obviously, the logistics of this are more complicated when there are five services to cover but everything went off well and I was delighted with the reports that came back from each of the sites.
It was also fantastic that Mick was able to announce on Sunday that we made our multi-site giving target of £75,000 in February - a truly amazing effort and a wonderful result! And I am also delighted to report that more people than ever before participated in this offering; it really was a great team effort - well done, church, and praise God!
My week has, inevitably, been about recovery - I am glad to be feeling better and look forward to being in worship on Sunday once again.
Now we have made the move to becoming a multi site church, I am keen to remind you of our next King's Church Celebration at the Catford site on the evening of Wednesday 6th April. It will be great to gather from all three sites, worship God together, hear news of what God is doing in each location, and wait on God - all together.
With only 3 days to ‘going live' across our sites, our mission week is in full swing. Have you seen the billboards yet? And have you invited a friend? This is an excellent opportunity to encourage even those who you have invited to King's before to come along - people are generally interested in something new and often like to be in on it!
Tonight our small groups will be distributing flyers in the areas around where they meet and on Saturday morning outreach teams from the Catford Hill site will go out into the town centres of Catford, Forest Hill and Sydenham. Meet at 10am at the Catford Hill site - all welcome, even if you haven't signed up! The teams from Downham will also meet at their site at 10am to go into Downham and Bromley, while the Lee teams meet at 10.30am in Lewisham, Leegate and Blackheath - contact Robert Kwami at the church office for exact locations.
Following the excellent dry run last Sunday, I heard we had 4 visitors at the Lee site, not bad - considering we were not officially open! Carpeting has now been fitted at the Lee site and with signage being installed on all sites this week, we look set to ‘go live' this Sunday when I will be speaking from Acts 19. Pray that the message is as fresh on the fifth occasion as on the first!
After a full day of meetings on Tuesday (including yet another encouraging meeting with Eurocentres), a day spent with the Brighton elders on Wednesday and today gathering with the other Newfrontiers' pastors in London, I am looking forward to the weekend, which has two firsts - my 48th birthday on Saturday and then preaching 5 times in one day on Sunday. Your prayers are much appreciated!
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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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