29th May 2015
One of the great joys of my role is being able to partner with others in the gospel, not just at home but also further afield. This last week has seen us spend another excellent few days with our friends Scott and Claire Marques and the other leaders from River of Life Church in Harare. One year on since my last visit, it has been so encouraging to witness their successful move to a church on two sites with five meetings since January of this year.
Our trip began with 24 hours away with the eldership team and their wives, where Deb and I taught on marriage and ministry and also gave opportunity to hear from them how the multi-site model is going. Once again, what a privilege to be with such a high calibre team. Then back to Harare to preach at each of their five meetings. It was fantastic to experience their vibrant worship and see how much they have grown in just a few months. Their commitment to the gospel and enthusiasm to serve seems all the more remarkable in the light of some of the real day-to-day challenges faced by those in Zimbabwe.
Then from Harare, a quick two-flight hop down to Cape Town to spend time with friends from Jubilee Community Church, Steve and Anna van Rhyn and Lex and Jo Loizides. The programme has included a morning teaching on leadership with the Advance sphere leaders, an evening on marriage with Deb for the Jubilee elders and wives, and some time with the Jubilee eldership team.
Following a fairly intense week of travelling and teaching, Deb and I are now looking forward to a relaxing few days' holiday in Cape Town. We are very much enjoying getting to see this beautiful city, despite the fact that it is winter here, and we have not yet seen the top of Table Mountain through the clouds! Then after preaching at Jubilee this coming Sunday, we will be on our way back to London. Whilst we love visiting the wider church family abroad, it is always good to return to our home church family in London. Have a great Sunday!
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.