18th January 2018
Shortly after going into full-time ministry, I attended Spurgeon’s Bible College to study for a diploma in theology. As a part of my course, I had to write a dissertation – quite a challenge for someone with dyslexia and an E grade for English O level! The subject I chose was the 1859 revival. It was fascinating to see how a prayer meeting, which began with just a handful of believers, led to an outpouring of gospel preaching and tens of thousands of new converts being added to the church. Of particular interest to me was the research I did on the lasting impact of revival on church attendance. The conclusion was that churches that were healthier before the revival retained and discipled more of the new believers than weaker churches. Maybe the discovery is obvious, but as a young pastor it helped me realise that the work I was doing now was important – we wanted to be prepared for sudden church growth should revival break out! Paul writes in 2 Timothy 4:2, ‘I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season.’ It is a good reminder that we should be expectant and ready for an abundant harvest at all times!
Last week I joined Terry Virgo and a group of about 20 national church leaders from many different streams, denominations and networks to share news and to pray for our nation. Once again, we called on God to move in revival power. Terry has recently written an article for Premier Christianity magazine on the subject, which is well worth a read. I felt stirred to keep praying for revival and last night, at our King’s Church prayer meeting, we called out to God to move in power in this nation. There was a rise of faith and a real hunger in the room as we prayed that we would see people turning to God in numbers that we have never see before. Let’s keep on praying, and let’s be ready for a harvest to come!
This coming Sunday I am looking forward to preaching at King's as we celebrate nine people being baptised across the church. I always love hearing the testimonies of changed lives, and my title for this Sunday’s message is The Power of a Story. I look forward to seeing you there.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
11th January 2018
One of the most helpful articles I have ever read was written several decades ago by Bill Hybels. In it he explains how he had always paid attention to his spiritual and physical well-being, putting disciplines in place to ensure he remained healthy in both these areas. But a time came when the demands of leading the rapidly growing Willow Creek Church meant that he came close to a breakdown, despite feeling well both physically and spiritually. He realised that even though he had kept an eye on his spiritual and physical ‘gauges’, he had been unaware of another crucial area – his emotional health. He had failed to appreciate how emotionally draining ministry could be and introduced the idea of an emotional gauge to look at alongside your physical and spiritual gauges.
Over the years I have found the concept of these three gauges – an assessment of your physical, spiritual and emotional health – to be a very helpful way of considering how well I am or am not doing. It is also worth discussing as teams. Recently, I had a breakfast meeting with a businessman who attends King’s. He leads a large advertising agency and travels extensively, and I was interested to know how he manages his life in that busy schedule. He said that for him, regular visits to the gym kept him sane – as well as looking after his physical heath, it helped him recharge emotionally.
Of the three gauges Bill Hybels introduced me to, I normally had little reason to be concerned about my physical gauge until I reached my mid-fifties. I have always enjoyed sport and had been able to stay reasonably fit until a persistent lower back problem meant that all the sports I enjoyed – golf, running, football – were best avoided. By the age of 54 I was as unfit as I had ever been. Then one day last May, I read an article about the positive impact of walking 10,000 steps a day. It stated that walking this far every day had 66% of the impact of running the equivalent distance. In other words, walking gives you a good return for your effort! I like a good statistic, and realised that whilst my days of jogging were behind me, I could definitely walk more. So I decided to give it a go.
I started on May 6th 2017 and 251 days later, I am still doing 10,000 steps every day. My back is better and I know that I am much fitter than I was six months ago. But interestingly, and much to my delight, my spiritual and emotional gauges have also improved. I like to walk and pray (I am not good at sitting still!) and the daily times of walking mean that my spiritual life is in a far better place than it was. But taking time out to walk each day also gives me valuable thinking and processing time, and as a result I feel emotionally healthier too. One small change to my daily routine has improved my life balance and, I believe, my effectiveness as a leader. Time will tell if I can keep going, but so far it has been very good for me and I am highly motivated to continue.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
4th January 2018
Christmas has come and gone again. The flurry of activity that December brings has subsided and a new season, a new term is upon us. I love this time of year - a time of fresh starts, a chance to reflect and count one’s blessings, to look ahead and dream. A time to plan, implement change and believe again.
I am excited for what lies ahead this year. For me, 2018 is a year which includes a sabbatical between June and August, my 55th birthday in March, and a wedding in June, when our son Joshua marries his fiancée Roxanne. My last sabbatical was eight years ago in 2010 and I have been reflecting on how much has changed since then, both at home and at King’s. In 2010, my three sons were all still at school; now the eldest is married, the middle one soon will be, and the youngest leaves school this summer! Eight years ago, Newfrontiers was led by Terry Virgo and King’s had just three meetings on one site - we had yet to purchase the Lee building and had no idea that multisite was just around the corner. It has certainly been an interesting and busy few years!
As a church family we begin this year with an invitation to pray together on Wednesday evenings, 10th and 17th January. At the end of the month, we start a new teaching series called DISCIPLE, based out of the book of Philippians. Do pick up a copy of the new King’s Life magazine, where you will find all the information you need about what is happening at King’s this term.
I am praying 2018 will be a good year for us at King’s. I am in faith for a significant step forward as we launch our fourth site later in the year. And while I am of course looking forward to my sabbatical this summer, I am already getting excited about sharing a new vision with the church on my return - please save the date for the next Vision Sunday, which will be on Sunday 23rd September.
Much has happened in the last eight years and we have much to be grateful for. We draw faith from remembering all that God has done in the past – it is good to look back and give thanks, and if you missed our King’s 2017 highlights video, shown at our New Year’s Eve Watchnight service, you can have a look below. As we begin 2018, let’s believe again for God to continue to move us forward.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
29th December 2017
Just a quick reminder about what is happening at King’s Church this Sunday, 31st December.
In the morning we will be holding ONE service at each of our three sites at 10.30am. Then in the evening, we gather again for our New Year’s Eve Watchnight service. This year there will be ONE Watchnight service at our Catford site from 10.30pm to 12.30pm. As I’ve said before, Watchnight has become one of the highlights in our church calendar. It’s great to gather as a church family to give thanks for all God has done in the last twelve months and pray for all that lies ahead!
I hope many of you will be able to join us. The service starts at 10.30 and doors open at 10.00 - I’d advise getting there early if you want to guarantee a seat, as it's likely to be very busy!
See you there!
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.