4th September 2014
It was an interesting experience stepping back into the King's offices this week! I had a really enjoyable summer break, including a wonderful few days away with Deb to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, followed by our family holiday with the opportunity to play golf with my brother. Martin continues to make excellent progress and is now back at work, and I am now ready to go again here at King's!
While I was away our offices have been reorganized (don't worry, I still found my desk where I had left it...) a sterling job by Tris Newman and Nigel Mumford which will enable staff members to communicate more easily and work together more effectively in their teams. So, not only were there familiar faces in new places but there are in addition new team members who have joined us this month. On Tuesday this week I had the joy of spending an hour with Ghulam Fernandes, Cindy Dickson, Simon Knightly, Charles Kimbangi, Joe MacNamara and Neal Glanville, the new members of King's team - I was so impressed with each of them.
The beginning of this particular new church year also marks a new season in the life of Kings. Just over four years ago we acquired the building in Lee and we have just completed the next phase of its development - I know that the site members, who have faithfully pioneered that work for the last three years, will enjoy meeting in the new hall with the added facilities and freedom it will give. Mark Jeffery has been our ‘man on site' during this work - thank you, Mark for your work! Let's continue to pray for growth there as well as at our Catford and Downham sites.
And so we begin another year and another term of kingdom activity at King's. Coming up soon is the Willow Creek video Global Leadership Summit - we are hosting this major event at Catford on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th October. This is always an inspiring time and I would encourage those who can to come along. We will have guests and visitors from all over London and beyond, all keen to hear a wide range of gifted people speak about their areas of life and work. Among the speakers this year will be Bill Hybels and also Patrick Lencioni, who some of us heard at the HTB leadership conference last year. Also Susan Cain who has written a book called ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking'. If you would like a taster, her TED talk on the topic is available here. Booking for the conference is also online at kingschurchlondon.org/gls where you will get all the information necessary.
As we begin this term and the next phase of the life of King's let's be calling on God to direct our paths and ask Him for the power and energy to accomplish all He has for us in these days.
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.