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8th August 2019

Visit to Kenya

After opening our August preaching series on Psalms at King’s on Sunday, my primary focus this week has been to prepare for our imminent visit to Kenya.

Deb and I will be travelling with David and Scilla Devenish to visit Edward and Fridah Buria in the city of Meru, north east of Nairobi and just a couple of miles from the equator. We are looking forward to seeing the remarkable ministry of Edward and Fridah for ourselves. I have had the privilege of visiting many different contexts within the wider Newfrontiers family, but this will be our first trip to Kenya, and it will be great to see all that God is doing in the nation. The majority of our time there will be spent at a leaders’ conference, which will gather over 600 leaders from Edward’s family of churches. I will be speaking at three of the main sessions, and I would appreciate your prayers as I complete my preparation for these. Although I will be one of the speakers at the conference, I suspect I will learn more than I impart!

We fly to Nairobi this weekend and return the following week. Please pray for us and David and Scilla as we travel, for Edward and Fridah, and for all those attending the leaders’ conference.

I will be taking a short holiday when we return, but I shall look forward to being back in September for the beginning of the new term.


Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert
08:30


1st August 2019

A Visit, a Book and Time with Friends

A highlight of this last week was a visit to Newday on Tuesday. Newday is a fantastic event which each year sees thousands of young people from across the wider Newfrontiers family come together for a week of worship, teaching, fun and fellowship. Deb and I have been unable to go along the last couple of years, so it was great to be back and have the chance to drop in and see everyone on the King’s site. There was a wonderful atmosphere among our young people (over 100 of them from across the four sites!) and the brilliant team of servers looking after them. In the evening the King’s band and choir led the worship—a very proud moment.

While at Newday, I bumped into Ben Lindsay, who has just published his first book, We Need to Talk About Race. Ben leads a church in London but was saved at King’s many years ago, and we have kept in touch since then. I highly recommend his book, which will increase your awareness of the issues around race (particularly in the context of church), challenge you, and make you think more deeply about this important subject.

The school holidays in July and August mark a slightly different pace in church life, with fewer evening meetings. It means Deb and I have more opportunities than usual to catch up with friends, and over the next few weeks we are looking forward to some meals out with good friends from King’s and the wider Newfrontiers family. I will also be spending an evening  at Lord’s watching 20/20 cricket with David Stroud, which should be very enjoyable.

On Sunday I am looking forward to preaching out of Psalm 1 as we start our summer series at King’s.


Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert
09:00


5th April 2019

Newfrontiers Cape Town Conference

After a very long overnight flight, I arrived in the beautiful city of Cape Town yesterday morning. (Incidentally, I don’t think I realised just how big the continent of Africa is until I made my first trip here from London several years ago – most of the maps we see don’t reflect its true size!). I am here in South Africa to help host a Newfrontiers conference for next-generation leaders with emerging Ephesians 4 gifts. It is great to have people here from the different spheres that now make up the wider Newfrontiers family.

I love coming to Newfrontiers events such as this. It is a reminder that we are a truly international family — our church community goes way beyond King’s, London and the UK, connecting us with friends around the globe. Newfrontiers continues to expand all over the world and is now serving almost 2000 churches in more than 80 nations. It is a privilege to be involved in this conference, and I am looking forward to spending time with the next generation of this global family.

Following the Cape Town conference, I will be staying on for another few days for a meeting with our international ‘Together Team’ before flying back to London in time for the weekend. The last few months have involved a lot of travelling, and Deb and I were sorry not to be around for the launch of our 1.30pm Catford service last Sunday. However, I have heard that it got off to a fantastic start, with over 180 people in attendance. A massive thank you to our staff and the many volunteers who worked so hard to ensure it went well. I shall look forward to being there myself next week!


Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert
10:45


22nd March 2019

Prayer Day Report

What a great day we had on Wednesday at the Newfrontiers UK Prayer Day. It was fantastic to see leaders from across the church family come together to pray for the nation.

To read more about how the day went, here's an excellent report from Catalyst Network.

This weekend, Deb and I will be away with our pastors, elders and trustees, together with their spouses. This is something we like to do every year – a valuable time of fellowship, as well as a great opportunity to invest in our key leaders. On this occasion we have invited Geoff and Sherry Surratt from the USA to bring some input to us. Geoff and Sherry are experienced church leaders and have recently written an excellent book on marriage and ministry, called Together.

When I say we are away for the ‘weekend’, I mean Friday evening and Saturday! Don’t worry, King’s, we will all be back for Sunday as usual, and I shall look forward to seeing you there.


Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert
12:15


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.

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