29th April 2021
This is the time of year when I write what we call at King’s our High Level Objectives paper. The idea for this came from Rich Nathan, founding father of the Vineyard Church in Columbus, Ohio, during a very helpful visit to us in 2013. Rich had suggested we needed a paper which would aid us in our planning process and ensure that the different departments or ministries of the church were kept on the same page.
I had been writing a High Level Objectives paper each April for the last six or seven years until last year, when the pandemic hit. It was very difficult to set mid-term goals for us as a church or staff team when the year ahead was so unclear. Instead, like most churches, our focus was on quickly adapting to a fast-changing situation and on pastoring a church through a very challenging season. However, as the Covid situation begins to improve in this nation and we are starting to open things up again, I felt it was appropriate to write a High Level Objectives paper again. Historically, I have sent this to the team before we all go away to France for a few days to discuss it. This has always been an annual highlight for us a team, with a great mixture of prayerful discussion, shared meals and lots of fun together. This year, we may not be in France but we have had the exciting experience of meeting in our offices for the first time in over a year!
As we sat in our (widely-spaced) circle on Tuesday, I presented a very different Higher Level Objectives paper to those I have presented in the past – more key themes than specific goals, given that the season we are in is still full of uncertainties. I have called the paper Changing Times, and one of the main emphases is on how we regather as a community in the coming year. Our discussions over the last few days have been fruitful. After a difficult year it is great to be taking these small steps back to normality.
I encourage you to join us again this Sunday, either in-person or online, as Andrew Wilson opens up our new teaching series, The King and His Kingdom, which takes us through the first half of the book of Luke. Deb and I are taking a short holiday next week, but I hope to see you at a service in a couple of weeks' time.
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.