26th January 2017
This past week has been marked by some enjoyable lunches with leaders from different church movements in the UK. Not very good for the post-Christmas healthy eating plan, but a great encouragement nonetheless.
Last week I had the joy of joining with a number of leaders from different movements within the UK, as Terry Virgo hosted two days of praying and sharing together. These times are always very helpful and provide a great opportunity to hear what God is doing across this nation. A highlight for me was having lunch with Paul Reid from Belfast. I first met Paul over thirty years ago when he and his wife Priscilla came to lead a church week away in Wales and it was fantastic to catch up with him after so long.
On Monday, I had another enjoyable lunch when Deb and I met with John and Eleanor Mumford from the Vineyard movement. John and Eleanor recently handed over leadership of the Vineyard Churches in UK & Ireland in order to play an increasing role in the international family of the Vineyard. It is always fun spending time with these two, and Monday was no exception as they shared stories of travelling up the Amazon to visit remote fellowships in the rainforest, as well as a trip to the Vatican to meet the Pope. Deb and I have loved getting to know John and Eleanor, and it is a privilege to receive wise counsel from such experienced leaders.
Later this week, Deb and I will be hosting two 24-hour conferences. The first is with five couples who lead some of the largest churches within the Newfrontiers family in the UK. We have been gathering this group for a number of years now and it has become a real source of encouragement as we share news and pray for one another. Then on Friday and Saturday we welcome Brian and Jo Watts to lead our annual King’s elders/pastors and spouses weekend. I am looking forward to more fun meals with friends over the two days!
After that we will be returning to our home church of King’s on Sunday, when we have the joy of seeing fifteen people baptised across the different services. I never tire of hearing peoples’ testimonies of lives transformed by Jesus.
God is on the move – in the nations, in this nation and in London!
Posted by Steve Tibbert
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 is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.