27th February 2015
“...they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together...” Acts 2:46
For the last 18 years, the church here at King’s has continued to grow, and although the rate of increase has slowed more recently, we still have more people coming on Sundays than ever before. However, over this time the attendance in group life has not kept pace with the Sunday growth.
This time last year, Phil Varley and I attended a conference in California, hosted by Rick Warren of Saddleback Church. During our time there, we felt prompted that, for the sake of the overall health of the church, it was time to address the issue of attendance at groups.
We worked, planned and prayed hard, then shared this conviction with the church at the Vision Sunday on September 14th. In January this year, we launched our new group initiative. The church’s response has been overwhelming: on average, we have more than 1,100 over 12s attending groups this term! I have thoroughly enjoyed leading my group on a Sunday evening and I am so pleased that our preaching series, Better Together, has been such a great success.
King’s, you are a fantastic church, and we are better 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.