25th June 2015
‘All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...’
At our staff prayer meeting yesterday morning, I heard of a young man attending our current Alpha who has put his trust in Jesus for the first time. I never cease to be excited when someone becomes a Christian; each story speaks of a life renewed. To be in a church context which is always growing is undoubtedly a great privilege - King’s has experienced steady growth each year for well over a decade now. But the increase in numbers is not without challenge.
Yesterday I spoke to a group of pastors and their teams on the challenges faced by a growing church. By drawing on the mistakes I have made in the leadership of my own church, and the lessons I have learned, I endeavoured to help this highly gifted group. Together, we can improve our leadership so that we can continue reaching and caring for people.
Churches grow one person at a time. Behind the numbers are stories of individual lives transformed in Christ. God loves every single person in the orbit of your church, as well as the many millions who have not yet returned to the heavenly Father. Therefore, as Christ’s ambassadors, we are compelled to do everything we can to help people embark on a journey towards discovering Jesus, while recognising at the same time that we can save no-one – only God can save.
In order to continue growing, we need to keep learning. So, whether your church gathers a handful or a large crowd, let’s all continue to place ourselves in contexts where we can grow as leaders and disciples in order to fulfil the Great Commission God has put before us. In fact, this autumn there will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the most gifted leaders in the world! On 6th and 7th November, King’s will once again be hosting the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. This is a great chance to be challenged and equipped in our leadership, whether that is in our work contexts, our churches or in our families. I encourage you to book those days in your diary now and to book before the end of July to get the discounted rates.
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.