22nd October 2015
As a boy, I remember being taken to church every Sunday and wondering what the pastor did on the other six days of the week. Once he had delivered his sermon, what else was there to do? In my young mind I imagined he must spend most of Monday to Friday playing golf - it seemed like an easy life to me!
Of course now, after more than 25 years as a pastor, I am well aware that the reality is very different. As I was preparing this blog, I found myself thinking over just some of the situations I have been involved in this week:
• Delivering an afternoon’s teaching on church growth and leadership to another local network of churches
• An hour’s phone call to a fellow pastor advising on multi-site and other challenges
• An afternoon with Terry Virgo, founder of the Newfrontiers family
• Final preparations and then delivery on Sunday of the latest in our Follow Me teaching series, looking at the important issue of singleness
• Trustees and elders meetings - the agendas ranged from finance, buildings, health and safety, and our stance on divorce
• Reading and research for my next sermon addressing the subject of marriage
• Leading the weekly prayer meeting with our fantastic staff team
These are just a few of the things that occupied my time over the last few days. A pastor needs to be both a leader and a teacher. Over the years, I have had to develop and draw upon an amazingly diverse range of skills, from budgeting to pastoral advice, theology to health and safety, preaching to building matters. I am frequently aware of my inadequacies and shortcomings, and at times find myself offering up the ‘HELP!’ prayer. And I remind myself daily to keep drawing on the wisdom and strength of the God we seek to serve and honour.
The boy that I once was could never have dreamt that a pastor’s life could be so varied. I can honestly say that I am in a job in which no two days are ever the same - my life is busy, but I am never bored! I consider it both a joy and a privilege to be called to this role. But I have to admit, occasionally I look forward to the day when I will have a little more time to spend on the golf course...
Image: Golf silhouette by Brian Patrick, used under CC
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.