27th July 2017
In my last two blog posts, I have endeavoured to summarise what I shared at the UK Day of Prayer on 5th July. In the first, I talked about how I believe we are still called to be family, and in the second that we should continue to be led by the prophetic. In the final blog of this three-part series, I will share three key areas which give real purpose to our togetherness.
While most of the life and multiplication happens naturally in the newly established households, we will expect to occasionally gather as an extended family at key moments. As I said on the day, coming together in this way brings several benefits:
Firstly, we should never underestimate the power of unity and the value of apostolic fellowship, friendship and accountability. Our togetherness protects, provokes and propels us forward.
Secondly, although relatively small compared to some UK movements and networks, I believe that the 300 churches that we represent together still have a significant part to play within the wider body of Christ. We must not lose our restoration roots, the strength of our collective voice and our potential influence for good.
Thirdly, we must remain open to far greater collaboration between different households. In time, church planting and additional national initiatives could flow out of our partnership.
Lastly, family names are important – they give identity. I believe the name 'Newfrontiers' still opens more doors than it closes.
Newfrontiers is a group of apostolic leaders partnering together on global mission, joined by common values and beliefs, shared mission and genuine relationships.
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.