20th February 2020
Having enjoyed being at home in London for the last few months, Deb and I are now preparing for a season of overseas travel. By the time this blog goes out we should be well on our way to Zambia for the start of a three-week trip to southern Africa.
Our first five days will be spent visiting Joseph and Lily Mwile in the Copperbelt region of Zambia, not far from the border with the DRC. Joseph heads up Dayspring Ministries, which is part of ChristCentral family of churches. This is not a nation we have been to before, and we are looking forward to seeing a number of their projects, including an amazing school, as well as visiting churches and spending time with leaders. On Saturday we will be joined by Scott Marques from Zimbabwe and together we will be speaking on leadership. On Sunday I have the privilege of preaching in their church and in the afternoon Deb and I will be leading a session on Marriage and Ministry.
We then move on to Zimbabwe where we will be spending time with dear friends in Harare and Bulawayo. This is a nation we hold close to our hearts and I believe this will be our eighth visit. We are looking forward to seeing friends, speaking to leaders and visiting the Ebenezer farming project, which King’s is involved with. On Sunday I will be sharing God’s word at River of Life Church in Harare.
The final leg of our trip will be in Cape Town, South Africa. While we are there, we will be catching up with old friends in Jubilee Church and also meeting up with leaders from Common Ground Church. We will then enjoy a few days holiday before returning to the UK.
We would highly value your prayers as we travel.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
30th January 2020
After several trips away in the months before Christmas, I have enjoyed being back at King’s for the last seven weeks. It has been great to have time to focus on the local church over the Christmas and New Year season, culminating in a truly remarkable 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. As I said before, this has been the first time I’ve seen such a positive response to corporate prayer at King's. I believe we have begun to lay a foundation in the area of prayer which will bear fruit in the coming year. We ended our 21 days on Sunday evening with a wonderful time of worship and celebration, praying again for God to move in power in our community, our city and across this nation.
I now enter a season which is more focussed on my Newfrontiers responsibilities, both in the UK and further afield. This week I have had the privilege of joining with a group of national church leaders hosted by Terry Virgo. It has been very encouraging to hear of all that God is doing across Newfrontiers and in other groups of churches in the UK. Then next week, Deb and I are looking forward to travelling up to Manchester to see good friends Jeremy and Anne Simpkins from the ChristCentral family of churches.
We are also starting to turn our thoughts to our three-week trip to southern Africa, which is now less than three weeks away. On 19th February we fly to Zambia, where we will be spending time with Joseph Mwila and his wife Lilly, who are based in Kitwe, near Ndola. We then travel down to Zimbabwe to be with Scott and Claire Marques, visiting Harare and Bulawayo, before ending our trip in Cape Town, South Africa, where we will meet up with some of the leaders from Jubilee Church. We finish our trip with a couple of days holiday in South Africa before returning to London.
Until we leave for Africa, I will enjoy being at home to catch the first few weeks of our new Luke teaching series, which starts this Sunday at King's. Andrew Wilson will be speaking, and I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
17th October 2019
Last week, Deb and I had the joy of attending the Global 19 conference. It was an excellent few days, with about 90 apostolic leaders from within the international Newfrontiers family gathering to worship, pray and learn together. It is always a joy to spend time with this group of Gospel partners, many of them ministering in challenging circumstances, and we thank God for the friendships we have built here over the years. I had the privilege of hosting some of the sessions, including a helpful round-table discussion about the different apostolic models within our fellowship.
On Tuesday this week, I joined our King’s team at the European Learning Community hosted by Dave Smith who leads the excellent Kingsgate Community Church in Peterborough. This is a great event, which gathers church teams from about 70 churches for a couple of days. We have been attending for several years now, and always find them stimulating and helpful.
It’s certainly been a varied few weeks, and on Monday and Tuesday next week we have the privilege of joining Nicky and Pippa Gumbel at Lambeth Palace for the Richmond Group, which brings together leaders from many different church streams in the UK.
In the space of just two weeks we will have enjoyed fellowship with many leaders, both from within our family of churches and the wider body of Christ. We are very grateful to God for these dear friends and partners in the Gospel.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
22nd August 2019
Deb and I have just returned from a fantastic trip to Kenya visiting Edward and Fridah Buria in Meru, a city five hours north of Nairobi and right next to the Equator. It was a privilege to spend time with this amazing couple. We loved learning more about the Kerith movement, which is made up of hundreds of churches across Kenya and in neighbouring nations in East Africa.
Our time was spent visiting a couple of local churches and projects and attending the annual leaders’ conference at Edward and Fridah’s home church in Kambakia, a village on the outskirts of Meru. The conference gathered several hundred (predominantly young) leaders from the Kerith movement, many of whom had travelled long hours by bus to be there. The focus of the conference was mission, and their commitment and passion for the Gospel were impressive. A highlight for us was the worship, which was lively, vibrant and Jesus-focussed.
Towards the end of the week, Edward and Fridah told us the remarkable story of how this family of churches began. As we sat in their living room one evening, we heard how the church had started with a small group meeting in the room in which we were sitting and grew rapidly following a revival in their village. The church that started in a living room now meets in a 1000-seater building down the road; the church birthed in a village revival now reaches thousands across Kenya and beyond!
This visit to Kenya has been yet another reminder of God’s love for people. He is about a great work across the nations, calling many to His name. Let’s keep sharing the Good News of Jesus and praying for God to move in revival again!
There will be no blog next week as I will be enjoying a short holiday, but I’ll be back the week after that.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. 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.