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4th January 2018

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Christmas has come and gone again. The flurry of activity that December brings has subsided and a new season, a new term is upon us. I love this time of year - a time of fresh starts, a chance to reflect and count one’s blessings, to look ahead and dream. A time to plan, implement change and believe again.

I am excited for what lies ahead this year. For me, 2018 is a year which includes a sabbatical between June and August, my 55th birthday in March, and a wedding in June, when our son Joshua marries his fiancée Roxanne. My last sabbatical was eight years ago in 2010 and I have been reflecting on how much has changed since then, both at home and at King’s. In 2010, my three sons were all still at school; now the eldest is married, the middle one soon will be, and the youngest leaves school this summer! Eight years ago, Newfrontiers was led by Terry Virgo and King’s had just three meetings on one site - we had yet to purchase the Lee building and had no idea that multisite was just around the corner. It has certainly been an interesting and busy few years!

As a church family we begin this year with an invitation to pray together on Wednesday evenings, 10th and 17th January. At the end of the month, we start a new teaching series called DISCIPLE, based out of the book of Philippians. Do pick up a copy of the new King’s Life magazine, where you will find all the information you need about what is happening at King’s this term.

I am praying 2018 will be a good year for us at King’s. I am in faith for a significant step forward as we launch our fourth site later in the year. And while I am of course looking forward to my sabbatical this summer, I am already getting excited about sharing a new vision with the church on my return - please save the date for the next Vision Sunday, which will be on Sunday 23rd September.

Much has happened in the last eight years and we have much to be grateful for. We draw faith from remembering all that God has done in the past – it is good to look back and give thanks, and if you missed our King’s 2017 highlights video, shown at our New Year’s Eve Watchnight service, you can have a look below. As we begin 2018, let’s believe again for God to continue to move us forward.

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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