18th May 2017
As I write this week’s blog, the view from my window is very different to my usual one. No houses, roads or traffic – instead, a huge old oak tree, green fields, and the sun setting on the horizon. I am actually in the southern Loire in France – not on holiday, but with some of the King’s team – at the home of Paul and Charlotte Braithwaite.
It has become a tradition for the King’s senior staff to go away together each May for a week of praying, planning and playing. Our days start with breakfast at 8am, followed by prayer and a devotion time led by Andrew Wilson. The rest of the day is then spent discussing various subjects facing us at the moment. This year’s have stretched far and wide and have included issues such as discipleship making and leadership development, ideas for a fourth site and plans for the refurbishment of the first floor of the Catford site, as well as a review of our youth work and the philosophy around it. The days have certainly been full and productive! However, it has not all been about work – one of the advantages of being in the middle of France and away from the city is that there has been time for ‘play’ as well. Time for walks, some birdwatching (hen harrier, hoopoe and merlin among the highlights), some table tennis and a bit of badminton. The excellent hospitality of the Braithwaites, with superb food and wine, has ensured that energy levels are kept high.
It is my observation that the most successful teams seem to have the ability to retain relational harmony and unity, while continuing to move forward and grow together. Over the years, these times away with the King’s senior staff have marked the beginning of some our most fruitful ministry breakthrough, and I am trusting that this year will prove to be just as significant. So as we near the end of our week away, please pray for us – and for our families back in the UK – as we seek God together and look to the future of King’s.
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.