19th December 2014
For the last six years, Val Taylor has helped me with this blog and other areas of writing. In addition to these weekly postings, we have produced numerous leadership papers and even written a book together. Her help over this time has been invaluable. As many of you will know, she and the mighty Mick Taylor have recently moved to join Guy Miller at Citygate Church in Bournemouth. She has continued serving me from there for a number of months, but we have concluded together that the time has come to hand over.
I suspect that my most ardent follower of this blog is my Mum. She reads every posting and claims it is the best way to keep up with the latest news. She, of anyone, knows my limitations when it comes to writing. I did not enjoy school - both my mum and dad can tell stories of difficult parents' evenings and their need for a sherry together afterwards. Val's skill as a writer has enabled me to share our journey at King's both locally and with a wider audience. She has always done this with remarkable creativity, patience and grace - she once said to me that the reason I tend to miss out words in a sentence is because my brain works so fast my writing cannot keep up with it!
Val, I am extremely grateful for your amazing writing gift - your eye for grammar, spelling and style, but also your humility. There have been many occasions when I have read back over something I had drafted, and felt that it expressed the heart and content of my original message, but more clearly and strongly. Thanks especially for those occasional times when I have been particularly overrun and you have managed to create a great blog out of the very little I have given you. You will be a hard act to follow.
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.