10th November 2016
If last week was about receiving input, it seems this week and next are about passing on all that I have learned about leadership in the local church.
Over the last two days I have been hosting a coaching session with leaders from 17 churches from around the UK. I always enjoy these days – it is so encouraging to spend time with people who are seeking to develop their own skills in order to build and strengthen our local churches. As Bill Hybels puts it: ‘The local church is the hope of the world, and its future lies primarily in the hands of its leaders.’
Once the coaching finishes, I will be turning my thoughts to Saturday, when Deb and I fly to South Africa and Zimbabwe. We arrive in Cape Town on Sunday morning and will be spending a few days with Steve van Rhyn and his team at the fantastic Jubilee Community Church. It is such a joy to serve with friends on global mission, and a day spent discussing multi-site with their eldership will be great fun! A quick day off to visit a few of Cape Town’s many sights and then we fly to Harare to be with Scott and Claire Marques at River of Life, another great church. I am so pleased that on this occasion our Executive Pastor, Phil Varley, and his wife Sarah, will be coming to join us in Harare. Although we will be there just a few days, we are managing to fit a lot in: some training with leaders from the Newfrontiers DNA family of churches, time with the River of Life elders and wives, and then preaching five times on Sunday. I have had the pleasure of visiting both River of Life and Jubilee many times now and I always feel very much at home when I am with them. They may be thousands of miles from London, in completely different contexts, yet each has much in common with us at King’s - urban, racially diverse, multi-site and growing fast.
Our trip to southern Africa means that we will be missing another great Sunday at King’s this week. In the morning services at Catford and Lee we have dedications , when we will be praying with new parents who want to dedicate themselves to bringing up their children in God’s ways. Then at the Catford 5.30 service, we are privileged to have guest preacher Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance. Do come along and take advantage of this great opportunity to hear him speak.
I began drafting this blog last week, and am finishing it as the world responds to the results of the USA presidential election. As I reread the quote from Bill Hybels, I am reminded that the hope of the world lies not with elected leaders but with Jesus Christ and his church. Let us each continue to place our faith in our sovereign God and to play our part in bringing his kingdom through his church.
Header image: Table Mountain in the Mists by South Africa Tourism, used under CC
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.