7th January 2016
Happy New Year to you all!
January is one of my favourite months. Each New Year brings the opportunity to reflect on progress made over previous months and to look ahead and plan for what is to come. Following the fun festive season, I find the sense of turning a new page, of having a whole new year before us, very motivating. What will 2016 bring?
For many years now, I have taken a week at the beginning of January to make the most of this opportunity. It has become part of my annual rhythm to have time away from my normal work pattern, to start with an emphasis on prayer and to make space for planning and preparation for the year ahead. So already this week, I have been able to spend more time reading and praying. I have got my diary out and looked at all my speaking commitments up to July, made sure that all my holidays have been booked and planned outline agendas for key meetings at King’s and for Newfrontiers. I have made space for some important matters at King’s which will impact this next year, such as welcoming Andy Floyd, our new trainee pastor, to the team, discussing with Phil Varley some exciting new staffing ideas under consideration and taking a look at the next phase in our building projects on the Catford and Lee sites. It has also been fantastic to have time to catch up with old friends such as Mark Landreth-Smith, who is now planting a church in Newbury, and Tim and Liz Brown, who are helping with a church plant in Delhi, India. Then today, Deb and I will be making a trip to our home town of Bedford to visit Simon and Caroline Holley – Simon leads the exciting and fruitful King’s Arms Church.
I have found that taking this time to pause, pray and plan has proved incredibly beneficial over the years. It helps me ensure key things are in place before the busyness of normal life takes over; in the long term I believe it saves me time and helps me prioritise the important rather than only responding to the urgent.
Having time to focus on prayer, to wait on God, is a great way to begin the year, which is why here at King’s we set January aside for a month of prayer. Last night, we had the first of our January prayer and celebration evenings, with Dave Holden encouraging us all to lean in to the power of the Holy Spirit, our helper in prayer and in all aspects of discipleship. We meet again next Wednesday 13th January, whilst on Sundays we continue with the theme of beginning well, with our new 'Start' series.
A full and great start to 2016! I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
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.