22nd May 2015
Following a fruitful few days spent in France with the senior staff of King's, I began this week by meeting with the elders and trustees of the church. What a privilege it is to work with such gifted and committed people - I am grateful to each of them for their wisdom, time and input.
Having spent the past ten days or so concentrating on the leadership of my home church, my focus for the next ten days moves further afield, serving other churches in the UK, Zimbabwe and South Africa. This week I hosted 13 lead elders from Newfrontiers churches across the UK for two days' coaching. Then on Thursday Deb and I flew to Zimbabwe to join the elders and wives of River of Life Church, Harare. We are speaking on 'marriage and ministry' on Friday and Saturday. Following that, I will be preaching on the subject of marriage at their five Sunday services. We are delighted that William and Hilary Dalziel will be travelling to Zimbabwe with us.
From Harare we fly down to South Africa for a few days with our friends Steve and Anna van Rhyn, who lead Jubilee Community Church in Cape Town. I will be spending a morning speaking on leadership with a number of the leaders in the Advance family of churches. Deb and I will also teach on marriage and ministry again, this time with the Jubilee elders and wives. At the end of that week, we are looking forward to few days' holiday in Cape Town, when we hope to have the opportunity to visit Robben Island and Table Mountain. Having visited this beautiful city myself on a number of occasions, it is wonderful to be able to take Deb with me this time. Our trip will finish on Sunday when I will have the privilege of preaching at Jubilee, followed by lunch with our dear friends Lex and Jo Loizides - what a great way to finish!
So, a fairly packed programme for the next couple of weeks. As ever, I am grateful to the fantastic leaders here at King's who make it possible for me to serve further afield in the security of knowing that 'home base' is in good hands. Please do pray that we will be a blessing as we serve overseas.
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.