31st January 2019
Many of you will have heard my testimony of how I became a Christian, especially if you have been at King’s for a while. Although I was brought up in a Christian home, I did not commit my life to Jesus until I was nineteen. I had attended church for most of my life, having been taken along by my parents, but it wasn’t until the sudden death of a friend of mine in a motorbike accident that I looked seriously at the claims of Jesus. I remember being at my friend’s funeral service and telling God that I’d take six months to examine the Gospel! Not long after that I gave my life to Christ and have never looked back.
From the moment I became a Christian I have wanted to tell others about the Good News of Jesus. My life was transformed overnight and I had no hesitation telling people why I had changed. Before going full-time, I witnessed to my work colleagues and ran Just Looking groups. As a young youth pastor, I once stood on a table in the middle of a crowded pub and started telling the room about Jesus – I was keen, but not always that wise when it came to the best way of communicating my faith to unbelievers! Since I came to lead King’s over twenty years ago, we have run the Alpha course each term and have seen many people come to faith through it.
Reaching people with the Gospel is central to the Christian life and that is why it’s a key part of King’s Vision 2030: to Reach, Restore and Resource. But if we are honest, many of us find sharing our faith difficult and are not too sure how to go about it. In our new series starting this Sunday, we will learn how to REACH others by looking at the best example we could possibly learn from: Jesus. Over the eight-weeks of the series, we will examine the different approaches Jesus took and see how we can apply them to our own lives.
To make the most of the series we are encouraging everyone at King’s to do the following:
• Be at church each week – it’s only eight weeks!
• Be part of a group – a great place to make friends and discuss the topics together.
• Engage daily – buy the REACH devotional workbook (just £3.50 and available at all sites on Sundays or online). This is a great way to think more deeply about the topics raised in the series during our personal prayer times.
I am very excited about this new series and believe it will empower and equip us to ‘Go and Tell’ others the Good News of Jesus. There are thousands in our community who do not yet know Him. Though only God can transform someone’s life, we can all help to plant seeds.
Our new Reach series starts this Sunday, 3rd February, at all sites.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
26th July 2018
The Lee site began in March 2011, when Phil Varley led a group of around 160 people over to the newly purchased Lee building to begin meetings on a Sunday morning. This, along with the simultaneous launch of the Downham site, was the start of King’s multi-site journey.
Since that time, and after a significant building project to increase the auditorium size from a 200- to a 500-seater, Lee has gone from strength to strength. From an initial group of 160, the site has grown steadily over the years, and now regularly gathers around 340 on a typical Sunday morning led by Tristan Newman. On Sundays there is a real sense of God’s presence, a buzz of community, and the many new people who visit the site week after week often comment on how friendly and welcoming the site is.
The King’s offices also moved across to the Lee building in October 2016, and the large King’s staff team can now enjoy working in a more spacious environment on the second floor. This great facility has also served us well as a place for people to meet through the week.
One significant ministry to emerge on the site is Rainbow Rhymes, a parent and toddler singing group, which started over two years ago. This draws in many mums (and a few dads) from the community, and for many this is their first contact with church. It has taken time, but recently a few of these mums have begun to attend on a Sunday morning, and many friendships are being formed.
Alpha is now a regular fixture on the Lee site and we have run one Alpha course a year for the past five years. We have seen a good number of people attending each year, including one of the mums from the school that meets on the first floor of the Lee building. There has been a steady flow of people committing their lives to Christ and getting baptised through Alpha.
There is a good committed core of people who serve the site diligently, both on Sundays and midweek, through various groups and ministries. This group has been expanding, particularly over the last few years, as tens of people have committed to becoming members of King’s.
Our prayer is that, rather than resting on our laurels, we continue, as a site, to reach out, make further inroads into the community, and see hundreds of people reached for Jesus and become His disciples. Though the building is somewhat hidden, we pray that the community that gather there each Sunday will be gloriously visible and well-known, as we spread the fragrance of Christ in all the spheres of influence we are involved in throughout the week.
Andy Floyd is one of the Pastors at the Lee site, overseeing the Welcome Team, Youth, Alpha and Groups for the site. He will be taking on the leadership of Lee from September 2018. He is married to Sarah and they have three young children.
Posted by Andy Floyd
25th June 2015
‘All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...’
At our staff prayer meeting yesterday morning, I heard of a young man attending our current Alpha who has put his trust in Jesus for the first time. I never cease to be excited when someone becomes a Christian; each story speaks of a life renewed. To be in a church context which is always growing is undoubtedly a great privilege - King’s has experienced steady growth each year for well over a decade now. But the increase in numbers is not without challenge.
Yesterday I spoke to a group of pastors and their teams on the challenges faced by a growing church. By drawing on the mistakes I have made in the leadership of my own church, and the lessons I have learned, I endeavoured to help this highly gifted group. Together, we can improve our leadership so that we can continue reaching and caring for people.
Churches grow one person at a time. Behind the numbers are stories of individual lives transformed in Christ. God loves every single person in the orbit of your church, as well as the many millions who have not yet returned to the heavenly Father. Therefore, as Christ’s ambassadors, we are compelled to do everything we can to help people embark on a journey towards discovering Jesus, while recognising at the same time that we can save no-one – only God can save.
In order to continue growing, we need to keep learning. So, whether your church gathers a handful or a large crowd, let’s all continue to place ourselves in contexts where we can grow as leaders and disciples in order to fulfil the Great Commission God has put before us. In fact, this autumn there will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the most gifted leaders in the world! On 6th and 7th November, King’s will once again be hosting the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. This is a great chance to be challenged and equipped in our leadership, whether that is in our work contexts, our churches or in our families. I encourage you to book those days in your diary now and to book before the end of July to get the discounted rates.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
2nd October 2014
We begin a new preaching series this coming Sunday entitled Making Life Work. It is based on a book of the same name by Bill Hybels - an immensely practical, readable and encouraging book - and draws on the wisdom teaching found in the book of Proverbs. We actually did this series 13 years ago, but 90% of the church was not around then - an amazing statistic! I'm looking forward to seeing how the riches of this Old Testament book will impact us as we go through the series.
I began to think where we were 13 years ago as a church. Who could have imagined three sites, with six meetings over all, and three meetings at our Catford site alone? This Sunday also marks the opening of the refurbished auditorium at our Lee site and there will be an outreach morning this Saturday in preparation for the start of this new term.
There are people who are now a part of our church who were first contacted through our outreach mornings and we are preparing to welcome and care for even more people who are beginning their journey of faith! Our Alpha teams are preparing to welcome those we invite - be thinking and praying about who you can speak to about coming along to Alpha. It's going to be a great year!
Have you seen our billboards around the locality? Look out for them!
And I wonder what God will do with us over the next thirteen years?
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. 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.