12th October 2017
On our day off last Monday, Deb and I visited one of our local London parks. As we walked through fallen leaves on what was a fairly damp and misty afternoon, there was no doubt that autumn has arrived. The last six weeks seem to have flown by and it is hard to believe that we are already in October.
For the first part of this new church year, the main focus for my leadership has been on my local church where I love to serve. Despite occasional time given to my wider Newfrontiers responsibilities, the majority of my days have been spent leading and building King’s. Vision Sunday, when we announced our plans to launch a fourth site in September 2018, was followed by a week of prayer and another excellent week of input from our friends Steve and Cindy Nicholson from Evanston Vineyard in Chicago. It has been a busy but exciting time.
As I look ahead to next week, I feel as if I will be taking off one hat and putting on another. For the next six weeks my focus will shift towards my Newfrontiers responsibilities, beginning on Monday with the Global 17 gathering of Newfrontiers international apostles in Athens. Deb and I are very much looking forward to meeting up with friends and co-workers from around the world at this annual leadership conference. It is always an encouraging and challenging time and we love to hear news of all that God is doing in the wider Newfrontiers family. Global 17 will be quickly followed by our attendance at The Richmond Group, a gathering of UK church leaders hosted by Nicky Gumbel. We then have a few weeks back at home base before another oversees trip in November, this time to River of Life Church in Harare, Zimbabwe and Jubilee Church in Cape Town, South Africa.
Although it does feel as if I wear two different hats at times, switching between my local role and my wider one, I count it a privilege and joy to be able to serve God in this way. Deb and I would greatly value your prayers over the coming weeks, as we travel to Global17, The Richmond Group and then down to southern Africa.
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.