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21st September 2017

Leading and Learning

For the last few months, Deb and I, together with our Associate Pastor, Phil Varley and his wife Sarah, have been running a leadership development group with some of our young and emerging leaders. There is a great mix in the group, very much reflective of our King’s family – male and female, married and single, racially diverse. Once a month we gather to discuss topics such as knowing who you are, maintaining a healthy life balance and pastoral care. This last Sunday evening I spoke about the importance of stewarding our money well and took the opportunity to show the the video we made earlier this year which sets out King’s values on handling our personal finances. This could have been a rather dry and heavy subject, but as always it turned out to be a fun evening of lively discussion and excellent questions.

I love spending time with this outstanding group of young leaders. It is exciting to see so many high calibre people who are passionate for Jesus, keen to serve the church, and willing to give up their time to learn more. I believe it is vital for all leaders to be investing in the next generation.

This week we are delighted to have Steve and Cindy Nicholson from Evanston Vineyard, Chicago with us again. As some of you will know, Steve is a long-time friend and mentor to me, who has served King’s with his wisdom and insight over many years now. Deb and I continue to learn a great deal from Steve and Cindy and we are profoundly grateful for the time they give to us and the rest of the team here.

I believe all of us in leadership roles should be proactively looking to raise up and equip the next generation of leaders, whilst at the same time ensuring that we don’t stop learning ourselves. My role as a pastor requires me to be both leading and learning. So, my question to you this week is: Who are you investing in and who are you learning from?

We enjoyed another fantastic Sunday at King’s last week, with baptisms at all services. I was so impressed with the testimonies I heard and it was great to see so many visitors there. This week we begin our autumn term teaching series, We Believe, which will explore the core foundations of the Christian faith. It promises to be a fascinating series, and I look forward to seeing you for the opening week this Sunday. For a quick preview, have a look at the video below.

Steve Tibbert

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.

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