30th March 2017
In 2008, I found myself in a seminar at a Newfrontiers Leadership Conference listening to Mark Driscoll talk about multi-site churches. For the first time, it occurred to me that King’s was exactly the type of church that could become multi-site in the future.
King’s was in a season of remarkable growth and we were short of space in our auditorium, in our kids’ works and for parking. We had already done a major refurbishment of our building, followed swiftly by a second extension to enlarge our worship space; we had reached the limits of what we could do with the Catford building. We were running multiple services on Sunday and had no more capacity there. King’s is situated in the London Borough of Lewisham, where, as in most parts of our capital city, property is expensive and in short supply, and large spaces are a rarity. We had no shortage of people – but we were running out of places to put them! Multi-site was the perfect model for us, allowing a large church to continue to grow whilst at the same time be involved in planting new congregations in other areas. Three years later, in March 2011, we became a multi-site church.
In preparation for the launch, we read and researched widely. One of the most helpful books we came across was Geoff Surratt’s ‘Multi-Site Church Road Trip’, which drew on his experiences of being on the staff of Seacoast Church in the USA, one of the pioneers of the multi-site church movement. King’s has benefitted greatly from the lessons shared in Geoff’s book and it is therefore a huge privilege to be welcoming him, together with his brother Greg, the founding pastor of Seacoast, to King’s this week. Greg and Geoff will be leading a day’s conference on multi-site churches, hosted at King’s. The team and I are looking forward to drawing as much helpful advice as possible to apply to our own context, but it is also great to be joined by 150 pastors from 40 churches within the Newfrontiers family.
King’s has come a long way and changed a great deal in the last decade. When you look back and see all that God has done, you wonder what God will do amongst us over the next decade?
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.