10th June 2021
As a teenager, I once asked my mum what the pastor of our church did all week, because as far as I could see, he only worked on Sundays. I think I imagined he spent Monday to Saturday playing golf! I have now been in pastoral ministry for 31 years, and while Sunday is certainly the high point of the week, I now know that most pastoral work takes place outside this and is largely unseen.
At King’s we are fortunate to have a wonderfully gifted and committed staff team, who I obviously meet with frequently. However, two key leadership meetings I attend each month are with our elder and trustee teams. Our monthly elders’ meeting took place online this week. Our subject matters included an ongoing discussion about the issue of race and justice, and we looked again at a draft questionnaire which will facilitate a listening exercise within King’s during the autumn term. Another agenda item was around staff culture and the care of our staff as we emerge from lockdown. The other important monthly meeting is our trustees’ meeting, which I attend but is chaired by Simon Linley, who is not on staff. This is a more formal meeting, with reports on expenditure and giving, debt management, HR and safeguarding and buildings. The work of the trustees is a part of church governance which is rarely seen but is critical to the health and care of our family.
We are privileged at King’s to be served by such excellent staff, elder and trustee teams, and we value your ongoing prayers.
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.