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27th May 2021

Leadership Lessons

I was talking with Scott Marques on the phone this week and we began by hearing about what we had each been doing over the weekend. I told him that on Saturday I had been in Milton Keynes delivering a day’s teaching on leadership for the Catalyst training course. When he quizzed me about the content I confessed that I really only have one talk on leadership, most of which he has probably heard many times before. Whenever I speak on the subject, I emphasise the importance of knowing yourself and use material aimed at increasing people’s self-awareness.

During the day, I introduced five key themes from five voices that have shaped my understanding of leadership. These are:

1. Tim Keller’s excellent paper on Leadership and Church Size Dynamics 
2. I have always found Belbin’s test on team contributions extremely helpful.
3. The personality types found in Florence Littauer's book, Personality Plus
4. Gordon McDonald’s teaching on the underlying questions in each decade of life, found in his excellent book, A Resilient Life.
5. Jack Hayford’s teaching on Seasons of Ministry, from Christianity Today, 1996

Teaching this material again made me realise afresh that multiple voices have shaped my leadership philosophy. It’s worth asking yourself what voices are shaping you? What are you reading on leadership? Who are you learning from?

I am looking forward to attending an in-person service at King’s again this week – remember to book a place in advance if you intend to come along. Our current teaching series on The King and His Kingdom continues, and Charles Kimbangi will be speaking. We also have the privilege of watching an interview with Alice Bell, a long-time member of King’s and inspirational servant in God’s kingdom. For those of you who don’t want to wait until Sunday, here’s the full interview 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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