2nd November 2017
Over the past month I have found myself in no fewer than three different conferences, each of them presenting an opportunity to learn from others. It began with the Newfrontiers Global 17 conference, which I wrote about last week. No sooner had Deb and I returned from that than we were off to the Richmond Group, a relational network of churches in the UK hosted by Nicky Gumbel from HTB Church. Then this week I have been at Kings Gate Church in Peterborough with some of our King’s team and teams from over fifty other churches, for three days’ teaching on the subject of Biblical generosity. It has been a month of excellent input!
It is a huge privilege to hear great leaders and speakers share their stories of God’s grace and faithfulness. At the Richmond Group we were joined by Brian Houston, Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong. As he spoke I was deeply impressed with his heart, faith and vision. He believes in a big God and listening to him inspired me to believe God for more. At KingsGate this week we heard from Robert Morris, founding Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in Texas, who suggested a difference between preaching and teaching – that good preaching should answer the why question while good teaching should answer the how question. It was a new way of looking at the subject and certainly made me stop and think. Then today we have the joy of welcoming Geoff and Sherry Surratt to spend some time with our team here at King’s. Geoff is one of the leading experts on multi-site church, and we are looking forward to benefitting from his wisdom and insights. Geoff and Sherry have also just published an excellent book called Together, which draws on their experience of ministry and marriage.
I am hugely grateful for these recent opportunities to hear from such highly respected leaders. I have been in ministry for nearly thirty years now, but I know I still have much to learn – I am always looking out for people who are ahead of me. I believe it is important for each of us, no matter how experienced we may be, to continue placing ourselves in contexts where we can keep on learning. This Friday and Saturday, King’s will once again be hosting the GLS Leadership Summit videocast conference, which presents another opportunity to receive excellent input from some of the best leaders around the world – I highly recommend it to all of you! You will find more details here and if you are not booked in already, you can still turn up on the day. Let’s keep learning together!
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.