30th July 2020
Please take a look at the Leadership page on the King’s website, which we have recently updated. It summarises the three key leadership teams of King’s: Elders, Trustees and the Senior Leadership Team. These three teams work closely together to bring oversight, governance and direction to the church.
Our team of Elders, which I lead, meet monthly. We usually concentrate on just two or three major directional, doctrinal issues in the course of a year. Our last two meetings have been predominantly given over to our response as a church to the issue of race and justice.
Our team of Trustees is led by Simon Linley, and also meets monthly. The Trustees are responsible for all financial, legal and employment issues, and they set the parameters for delegated authority to our staff team. I attend this meeting and give a monthly report on key areas of church life.
Our Senior Leadership Team, which I also lead, meets once a week on a Tuesday morning. The focus of this team is to serve the church in implementing our vision and mission. We work closely with our superb, hardworking pastoral and operational staff members.
Finally, we have outside accountability and oversight in place. From our wider Newfrontiers family, David Devenish provides an objective voice and apostolic oversight into our community. We also have other people speaking regularly into the life of King's. For example, Steve and Cindy Nicolson from Evanston Vineyard in Chicago, are trusted friends who have visited King’s many times and have served us over many years.
We highly value your prayers for all those in leadership at King's as we seek to serve God – for His glory and for the advancement of His Kingdom.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
23rd July 2020
It’s great to have Deb back with me for this week’s video blog. Today, we talk a little more about our summer theme of Gather, Prepare, Pray.
Let’s take advantage of the relaxation of some of the lockdown restrictions and arrange to meet up with people from our group or ministry team, or with another household. And although we are not meeting in our buildings for the time being, we are using this time to prepare for when we do, so please help us in that by responding to the survey we’ll be sending out in September. And let’s continue to pray, in our personal prayer times, with our groups, and at the site prayer meetings coming soon.
‘And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.’ – Ephesians 6:18
Posted by Steve Tibbert
9th July 2020
In my recent message on Racism, the Gospel and the Church, I encouraged all of us to keep educating ourselves on this vitally important issue. I have therefore asked our Teaching Pastor, Andrew Wilson, to update his list of recommended resources on the subject, which he first posted a couple of years ago. There is a great deal of excellent material available, and it can be difficult to know where to start, so thank you Andrew for this helpful list:
1. Christian Smith and Michael Emerson, Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. This is the first book I read when I was trying to learn about this subject, and although set firmly in an American context I found it enormously helpful.
2. Duke Kwon’s message at LDR on Speaking the Truth in Love. One of the best messages on anything I have ever heard, from a hugely thoughtful Korean-American who has written and spoken a good deal on issues of race.
3. David Anderson’s books Gracism and Letters Across the Divide. David was the inspiration for our Gracism series a few years ago, and he has written some really good books on the subject, as well as being a great help to us as a church.
4. George Yancey’s message on Moving Beyond Racial Gridlock. Particularly significant in the current moment, Professor Yancey’s seminar provides an excellent analysis of both the problem, and the solutions the Gospel provides.
5. Ben Lindsay, We Need To Talk About Race. Ben is a friend of ours, having been a member at King’s a few years back, and he has lived his whole life in southeast London. Here he writes about the black experience in white majority churches, and his insights will instruct and resonate with many of us.
6. Martin Meredith, The Fortunes of Africa. A rather different sort of book, which gives a pacy and readable history of Africa, and puts the continent in context for us. This is probably the longest book on the list, but it’s an absolutely excellent read.
7. Thabiti Anyabwile’s Top Ten Tips for Talking About Race. Thabiti is a pastor in Anacostia, Washington DC, and he may be the spokesperson from whom I’ve learned the most on race over the last few years, through his writings and speaking ministry. Here he gives a brief summary aimed primarily at white people.
8. The messages from the MLK50 conference, in April 2018, are free to watch online and outstanding, especially those by Jackie Hill Perry and Charlie Dates.
9. Shai Linne, George Floyd and Me. Of the many articles written since the tragic murder of George Floyd, this is the best I have seen: raw, honest and yet hopeful.
10. For those who find it easier to engage through movies and documentaries, there are lots of excellent ones available (often for free) on the major streaming services at the moment, including Ava DuVernay’s 13th, David Olusoga’s Black and British, Ezra Edelman’s OJ: Made in America, Stella Corradi’s Sitting in Limbo and James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
7th July 2020
It’s been fifteen weeks since lockdown started in this nation, and it was great to see some of the restrictions lifted on Saturday. While many of us have been enjoying the freedom to see more family and friends, the new guidelines also have implications for us as a church. I thought it would be helpful for all of you at King’s to hear how we plan to operate over the summer.
Having looked at the new government guidelines for churches, we have decided not to open our buildings for meetings over the summer, other than for weddings or funerals (and The Feast delivery service). The new guidance means that any gathering held in our buildings would feel very different to what we have been used to. For example, singing is not permitted, social distancing must be strictly adhered to, start times would need to be staggered and a register of everyone attending would need to be taken. In short, it would not be King’s as we know it.
However, the lifting of some restrictions on 4 July means that we can now begin to see more people face-to-face. Therefore, over the summer we want to encourage all of you at King’s to continue to gather online on Sundays, online in groups, and also now to meet up with others, in groups of up to six people from different households (or two households of any size – see government guidelines).
This summer at King's:
• We will continue to gather online on Sundays, with kids and youth resources available
• Groups will be encouraged to meet online once a month during July and August
• We will encourage groups and ministry teams to meet outside in parks, with no more than 6 people at a time, in line with the new guidelines
• We will hold online site prayer meetings in July and August
• Youth ministry online will restart in August
• We will launch new online Alpha and New Life courses in August
Many of our staff have been on furlough during June. To prepare for this next season at King’s, we will draw staff back over the next few months, though many of them will be working part-time for now. We will also be getting things in place so that when it does become possible to open our buildings, we’ll be ready.
It was fantastic to see so many of you joining us online for our day of prayer and fasting last month. The Coronavirus crisis is no obstacle to God’s people praying! King’s, let’s keep praying – online in our Sunday services, in site prayer meetings and groups, and in our personal devotions.
This summer at King’s, let’s gather, prepare and pray.
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.