2nd December 2021
What an excellent Sunday we had last week! I managed to get to three of our four sites during the morning, and everywhere I went I was encouraged by some wonderful times of worship and the general sense of faith and commitment in the meetings. We also had a great message from Andrew Wilson to round off our Nehemiah series, which you can catch up with online if you have not yet heard it.
It has been a difficult and challenging 20 months – and the pandemic is clearly far from over – but I believe King’s is in a good place. One sign of health in a church can be seen in the giving, so I was thrilled to hear on Monday that we have met our target of £220k for the month of November. The generosity of King’s never fails to amaze me, and I would like to thank all of you who have contributed. Your faithful giving means that we will be able to continue moving forward with all that God is calling King’s to do.
December is here, the advent calendar is up, and we are just over a week away from the first of our carol services on 12 December. To help us manage numbers in our venues, we are asking you to book (free) tickets for yourself and everyone in your party. Places are filling up fast, so please book yours as soon as possible. We are also offering an online version of the carol service, and you will find ideas of how you can send invites to your friends and family here.
The news about the new Covid variant this week reminded us that we live in an uncertain world. We may not know what the New Year will bring, but we draw strength from One who loves us with an everlasting love and who never lets us down. Because of Jesus, ‘we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.’ ( Hebrews 6:19). Let’s continue to share our hope by inviting our friends and family to come along this Christmas.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
25th November 2021
As our Giving Review Month draws to a close, I thought I would give you a short update on how it’s going.
As you may remember, we were asking all of you who call King’s home to review your monthly giving as well as to consider making an additional gift towards Vision 2030. After a slow start during the first two months of the King’s financial year, we had set a target of between £200,000 and £220,000 in total offerings for November.
I am delighted to report that a significant proportion of the church have participated in the Giving Review so far. This reflects high commitment across the church, which is very encouraging. Our best indication is that we seem likely to finish the month at just over £205,000 which, though slightly below our faith target, would still be amazing. Massive thanks to all of you who have taken part!
Of course, it’s not too late to contribute, so if you have yet to play your part, please prayerfully respond over the next few days as we approach the end of the month.
Diversity Listening Survey
You may remember that in my Vision Sunday message in October I told you that we planned to conduct a listening exercise in the church, specifically on the subjects of race, diversity and justice, as part of our commitment to building a diverse church. The online survey is now live, and we would love to hear feedback from members of King’s about your experiences in these areas. It is anonymous and is focused on King’s in particular. It will take about ten minutes to complete.
Finally, can I remind you that our first weekend of carol services is just a couple of weeks away, so now is the time to start inviting your friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues. To help us manage numbers at our in-person services you will need to book free tickets for everyone in your party, which you can now do here. An online version of the service will be also available, and you will find plenty of ideas of how to invite your friends and family, no matter where they live, here.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
11th November 2021
‘On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.’ – 1 Corinthians 16:2
The New Testament teaching on giving builds on the Old Testament principle of tithing (Malachi 3:10-12) and bringing our first fruits (Proverbs 3:9). Because of Jesus, our giving is no longer rooted in law, but in our response to the immeasurable grace we have received in Christ.
I believe Christians are givers by very nature. We are called by God to build His Kingdom; we answer by offering our time, our talents and for most of us, our money. We should always give out of what we have, not out of what we do not have. We should give as part of our worship to God and not with a mixed motivation of giving so that God gives us more – though in my experience if you steward your money well, He may well do so.
This coming Sunday is the second of this term’s Vision 2030 offerings. We got off to a pretty good start last Sunday, but I am hopeful for an even better week this week. Please take a look at the video below for a few more words from me about this week’s offering.
We are extremely grateful for the generosity of King’s. The first two months of this new financial year were a little off the target we set, but I am confident that a strong offering throughout November will get us back on track. If we all participate and bring a gift which reflects our income, I am sure God will provide all our needs.
Read more about our November Vision 2030 Gift Days & Giving Review
Giving at King’s
Posted by Steve Tibbert
4th February 2021
As a part of King's Vision Sunday last October, we set a target of £2 million for this financial year (Sept 2020 to August 2021).
It is not always easy to talk about money in our culture as it tends to be seen as something that is intensely private. Yet it is an area of our lives which God cares about deeply – how we steward our money is an important part of discipleship. Nearly 25% of Jesus’ words in the New Testament deal with biblical stewardship; one out of ten verses in the Gospels deals with money. In his first letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul offers some advice about giving:
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
1 Corinthians 16:2
In these verses, Paul is setting out three important principles regarding giving:
1. Our giving should be regular (‘On the first day of every week’)
2. Giving involves us all (‘each one’)
3. How much we give should be in accordance with what we earn (‘a sum of money in keeping with your income’)
Over the last 25 years I have had the privilege of leading a very generous church, and I have taught regularly on the subject of giving. I believe a good starting point is to give 10%, save 10%, live off 80%. Or, as John Wesley famously said, ‘Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can.’ If you would like to understand more about King’s philosophy of giving, please have a look at this interview I did with Charles, our Beckenham Site Leader, a few years ago.
So far this year, we are making good progress towards meeting our target of £2 million. Five months into the church financial year we have given £828,000. This is an encouraging start, particularly in the current economic climate, although we are a little behind where we would like to be at this time of year.
Lastly, a reminder that through our Love Your Neighbour initiative, we are working alongside local Christians Against Poverty (CAP) services to offer money and debt advice. They run an excellent four-week course which covers subjects such as managing and getting out of debt and setting a budget. Take a look at the short video below or go to our Love Your Neighbour page if you’d like to know more.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.
As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.
Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.