8th November 2018
The year was 1987. I was a young Christian, not yet a pastor and still working in business. Our church in Bedford was meeting in a rented hall while our own building was undergoing major extension and refurbishment. While I was enjoying worship along with the rest of the congregation, I suddenly felt God speak to me very clearly: to give the generous bonus I had recently earned towards clearing the outstanding debt on the building project. I remember walking to the front of the meeting and challenging everyone to join me so that we could clear the debt together. Thirty-one years later, the God-lesson I learnt in my twenties still applies today: Put God first, money second.
A Faith Target of £2 Million
Over the last six weeks, we have been sharing the heart of Vision 2030 – to Reach thousands with the Gospel, to Restore individual lives and the communities around us, and to be a Resource to hundreds of churches. As part of this exciting new vision, we have set a challenging faith target of £2 million for the current year, from September 2018 to the end of August 2019.
Last Sunday, I spoke about having a spirit of generosity. Please listen to the message here if you missed it – I promise it will do you good! Now I am asking each one of us to act, to give sacrificially towards the achievement of Vision 2030. As always, we are asking everyone to participate according to their individual circumstances – please give out of what you have, not out of what you do not have.
We are inviting each of you to take three steps:
1. Review your regular giving to King’s
2. Give towards Vision 2030
3. Consider making an additional up-front Vision 2030 gift
At the back of your Vision 2030 booklet (available at sites if you do not yet have one) you will find the Vision 2030 Commitment and Gift Form, detailing these three steps. We would ask you to prayerfully review your giving, complete the form and return it on or before our two Vision 2030 Gift Days on Sunday 11 and 18 November.
We have a God-given opportunity to see significant Gospel and Kingdom breakthrough over the coming decade. These next two weeks will determine the pace at which we can move forward.
King’s Church – Let’s go for it! I am praying for a huge uplift in our annual giving and a massive upfront offering.
Let’s put God first!
Posted by Steve Tibbert
4th May 2017
When I became a Christian – after having first told my pastor that I wanted to be baptised – I began tithing. I had already realised that how I managed my money was a discipleship issue and an indication of my willingness to trust God for my life. Our giving is an act of worship, a response to the generosity and grace shown to each of us by Jesus.
This month is our Annual Giving Review. When it comes to giving at King’s, we teach the principle of stewardship, that we should each take responsibility to manage our money so that we can give generously and sacrificially out of what we have, not out of what we don’t have. God loves a cheerful giver, and is ultimately more interested in the heart than the actual amount! Recently, I produced a short video which summarises some of our core, Biblical convictions about money, stewardship and giving. As we come up to our Annual Giving Review this month, can I ask you to take five minutes to watch it?
I am asking all of you who call King’s home to prayerfully review your giving, and come ready to return your form on Sunday 14th May or Sunday 21st May. If you have not had a chance to pick up the Annual Giving Review booklet and response form, you can find them here. We will also be taking up an additional offering towards our Multi-Site Fund on these Sundays. Our target on this occasion is an additional £40,000.
King's has always been a generous church and I believe what God has been able to do through us is a reflection of the ongoing generosity of this church family. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you once again for your faithful, generous giving.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
2nd July 2015
But since you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you - see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
2 Corinthians 8:7
Are you a saver or a spender? Do you prefer to give presents or to receive them? Would you call yourself generous?
I consider myself fortunate to have been brought up in a household which was open about money. Having grown up in the war era, my parents had experienced rationing for many years and therefore understood the value of money. Whilst they were never extravagant, they modelled good stewardship and generosity. And when it came to giving to the church, I was in a family context where giving at least 10% of your income - very often more - was normal.
In 1998, King’s took on its first major building project and we asked the church to double tithe for three years. I still remember how thrilled I was by everyone's faithful response. What most of you will not know is that my parents decided that they would like to stand with us in our faith venture. Amazingly, they also committed to giving 10% of their income to King’s, in addition to what they already gave to their own church. It was yet another example of their love of God, for His church, and for me.
When I became a Christian, what I had seen modelled at home quickly became my own practice. I was keen to follow Jesus with my whole heart and was happy to endeavour to excel in the area of giving. As I said on Sunday, when I left a successful business career at the age of 26 to become a youth pastor, my salary shrank by 80%. The church Treasurer told me this meant they had lost their largest giver out of 300 members. Since they were also now paying me as a staff member this must have made quite a dent in the finances! Taking such a significant drop in earnings was undoubtedly challenging, yet I have always believed that whilst money is necessary, eternal matters are of far greater importance. I was secure in the knowledge that my own personal value was found not in the type of car I drove, or how large my income was, but in Jesus alone, who paid the ultimate price and died for me.
So if you have been around King’s for a while, you will know that we are open about the subject of money and that we challenge everyone to give generously, according to their means. This is the season for our Annual Giving Review and we are asking everyone to TAKE A STEP on our journey towards becoming a more generous, God-honouring community.
Deb and I will once again continue to give beyond 10%. As the father of this church family, I would like to ask you to take a step further, and to give generously to God’s work here. Please take some time to read the Annual Giving Review leaflet carefully and to prayerfully consider what you can do. Then on Sunday July 12th or Sunday July 19th, please come prepared to return your giving review form.
As Jesus said himself, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35b
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.