6th August 2015
“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me”. John 12:26
Shortly before predicting His death in John 12, Jesus makes the point that in order to serve Him we must follow Him. This implies that serving God and following His commandments are closely linked in His Kingdom. This was one of the main reasons I decided to do the Impact year here at King’s. I wanted to follow God by serving the local church that had blessed me throughout my life.
However, this year has turned out to be much more than simply 'giving something back' to the church I call home. Being on the staff team for a year has resulted in my spiritual growth and maturity, whilst deepening my knowledge of who God really is. Serving God in a full-time capacity has been both challenging and richly rewarding, as you are working to build His church on earth and invest in your eternal life to come (Matthew 9:19-20).
A major part of the year is also attending the monthly training blocks in East Grinstead. During these days, visiting speakers from Newfrontiers or elsewhere preach on various subjects from church planting to salvation. These weeks broadened my understanding of the Bible, as I have received high quality teaching on many aspects of the Christian life. It was also helpful to be on training with the rest of my block, a group of Impacters from other churches in South-East England.
If you are over 18, have a free year and a desire to grow in Christ, I would recommend that you do Impact. You will not regret it!
David Gayle has taken a gap year before starting university, spending the majority of his time working voluntarily at King’s on an Impact year of training. He has focussed primarily on youth work and worship and has proved an invaluable member of the team!
Steve Tibbert is taking study leave and summer holiday and will be back in September.
Posted by David Gayle
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.