20th April 2017
What a great Easter we had at King’s last weekend! Firstly, coming together on Good Friday to focus on the cross, share communion and reflect on all that Jesus sacrificed for us. And then gathering again on Sunday to celebrate his victory over death and remember that he is indeed our redeemer, our substitute, our shame remover and our victor! It is always a joy to worship with my church family at King’s, but there was one particular moment which stood out above all, when we sang the fantastic chorus Alpha and Omega. Our God really is ‘…the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End’, who died for us, conquered death for us, and is present in our lives today. It was a wonderful moment of corporate worship - the Easter story is very much our story and is worth celebrating!
It was good to be able to go into a busy week off the back of such a fantastic weekend. This week I am spending time with the Newfrontiers Together Team, led by David Devenish. The team with Dave currently are John Lanferman, Edward Buria, David Holden, P J Smyth, Steve van Rhyn and myself, with Alistair Gregory helping us in a management capacity. This is a great group, and it is a joy and privilege to serve alongside them. Do have a look at the recently relaunched Newfrontiers website to read more about these guys as well as some of the other apostolic leaders heading up their own networks around the world.
I will return from several days of meetings to another exciting Sunday at King’s. This week we have the joy of celebrating with new Christians, with baptismal services at the Lee and Catford sites. I always love to hear people's personal stories of how they have encountered Jesus and come to know Him as their saviour. It is a reminder that God continues to meet people daily and transform lives. He is indeed Alpha and Omega!
Posted by Steve Tibbert
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
1st December 2016
When I first felt a call to full-time ministry during my 20s, I had little idea of the many varied places to which God would take me over the years. Just two weeks ago, Deb and I were visiting a high security women’s prison in Harare. We were there to see a fantastic pre-school run by River of Life Church for the prisoners’ children – a beautiful example of mercy being shown in a very deprived and challenging setting. Then last week we found ourselves having dinner in the rather grand setting of The Peers dining room in The House of Lords – this is certainly a life of contrast at times!
We were at The House of Lords with The Richmond Group, a relational network of church leaders from across the UK, at the invitation of the Bishop of London. This was the second time Deb and I had attended the annual gathering of this group, although dinner at The House of Lords was a first for most of us! Our two days together were once again hosted by Nicky Gumbel from HTB, Gary Clarke from Hillsong, and Pastor Agu from Jesus House. After an interesting afternoon sharing news, praying for each other and discussing some of the current issues facing the church in the UK, we all smartened ourselves up a bit before making our way across Westminster Bridge to spend the evening at The House of Lords. It was a fascinating night and I enjoyed hearing from Richard Chartres, Bishop of London. It was great to be in a room of leaders from a wide spectrum of churches, joined in our desire to see gospel expansion across this nation.
The following morning the group were once again invited to Lambeth Palace by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. As I have said before, he is a gracious man and an impressive leader, with many challenges before him. Please do remember to pray for him and his family.
It has been a hectic few weeks, what with the trip to southern Africa followed immediately by The Richmond Group, and I have returned to find that Christmas is well and truly upon us here at King’s! Once again, King's Christmas Trees is raising money through tree sales for the ongoing work of the Jericho Road Project, and I understand that Big Red Box has already filled 484 hampers, which will be distributed to families in need. These are two excellent projects which serve some of the most disadvantaged in our community – do get involved if you have not already done so.
The theme for our carol services this year is Light of the World, and it promises to be yet another outstanding King’s event. Our carol services present one of the easiest invites of the year for friends and family, so can I encourage you all to be thinking about who to invite? Free tickets for all services will be available for collection at all sites on Sunday and there's more information at kingschurchlondon.org/christmas.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
24th November 2016
Deb and I have just returned from an excellent trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe. After a six-hour delay in Harare, and some doubt as to whether we would actually make our connecting flight to London, it is good to be home.
Being part of the Newfrontiers family brings many joys, not the least of which is the opportunity to have relationship with churches in other parts of the world. We had planned a couple of days holiday in Cape Town before flying onto Harare and took the chance to visit Jubilee Community Church. In fact we landed on Sunday morning after an eleven-hour flight from London and drove straight to the first of their services! They have recently become a multi-site church, with a second site launched in the very centre of Cape Town just six weeks ago. It was so encouraging to see both their sites full – what amazing growth and momentum!
Following a few days off enjoying Cape Town, and an afternoon with the Jubilee elders, Deb and I flew on to Harare. This was my fifth visit to Zimbabwe in as many years. One of the benefits of repeated visits is the ability to build real relationship with the people there and Deb and I greatly value the friendship that has developed with Scott and Claire Marques and the other elders and wives at River of Life. It was a joy to preach at all five services on Sunday, to see 31 responses for baptism and witness the amazing growth they have been experiencing as a church. All this is set in the context of a nation facing increasing political and economic uncertainty, so it is tremendously encouraging to see the robust faith and growing unity amongst all the churches there. There is a sense that this is a country waiting for resolution, like a woman waiting to give birth. These are important days for Zimbabwe – please continue to pray for them.
We arrived back in London early Tuesday morning following a long flight through the night, but I could not resist going into King's to see our new offices. Over the last ten days the team have been working hard to get us settled into our new premises at the Lee building. Our staff outgrew our offices in Catford many years ago, so six years after purchasing our Lee building it is great to at last be able to provide a comfortable working environment for those who serve us so faithfully.
This Sunday I will be hosting a membership morning. This is for anyone interested in finding out more about what it means to become a member of King’s – there is still time to sign up if you have not already done so.
God’s church is flourishing both at home and in other parts of the world. I am looking forward to being back with my King’s family this Sunday, knowing that as we gather to worship Jesus, our voices join with countless others from around the globe. Wherever we are, whatever our circumstances, God's name is being praised and His church marches forward.
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.