3rd November 2016
‘The local church is the hope of the world, and its future rests primarily in the hands of its leaders.’
‘We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.’
Romans 12: 6-8
A few weeks ago, Deb and I had the pleasure of attending the 25th wedding anniversary of a couple of friends from our youth group days. It was great to meet up with people we hadn’t seen for a while and inevitably conversation turned to reminiscences about our younger selves. They were formative years, when we were all fairly new Christians, and I remembered the time my friend Nigel and I decided to complete Selwyn Hughes’ gift discovery form. It was the first time I had ever given that much thought to who I was or what my particular strengths or weaknesses may be. I clearly remember being shocked when the results revealed that I was a leader. My initial instinct was disbelief until Nigel, who knew me well, responded that the results were undoubtedly right.
This last week has been all about leadership. I have just spent two excellent days with a number of the key leaders from King’s, attending a learning community for large churches. The event was hosted by Dave Smith from Citygate Church, Peterborough, who served us brilliantly. We spent much of the time looking at the important subject of leadership development and discussing how this can be improved and best implemented in our context. In a growing church, it is crucial to have an active and ongoing leadership development programme.
Then on Friday and Saturday, King’s will once again have the privilege of hosting the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. This has been held at King’s for a number of years now, and I never fail to be impressed with the quality of the speakers and the relevance of the input they bring.
What a feast of leadership input in just one week! It is a long time since I took my first steps in leadership, but I am keen to continue growing and learning. Churches need leaders and good leaders continue to hone their gifts in order to serve God’s people. So what are you doing to sharpen and develop your leadership skills? Are you placing yourself in contexts where you can be challenged? If you have not already booked in, let me encourage you to come along to GLS this Friday and/or Saturday. This is an opportunity not to be missed.
Speaking of feast…I’ve just heard that our King’s Christmas Trees website is now live, so why not check it out and consider supporting homeless people this Christmas through The Feast, our Wednesday night outreach at our Catford site.
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.