7th February 2019
Several months ago, I walked into the kitchen and suggested to Deb we do something different for Valentine’s Day this year: ‘How about going to Mexico?’ I said. Now, I must confess Deb knew we were planning to go to Mexico and the USA early in 2019, but as I’d been looking at possible dates, I’d realised we would need to leave on February 14th. The obvious answer was to present the trip itself as a Valentine’s date – I always like to find a win/win in any situation!
Despite leaving on Valentine’s Day, we are very much looking forward to our two-week visit to Mexico and the USA, when we will have the privilege of spending time with friends from within our Newfrontiers apostolic fellowship. We begin with a long weekend visiting Lee and Stacey Yarborough in Léon, Mexico. I last visited this nation twenty years ago, when I was fortunate enough to travel with Terry Virgo. Deb is also looking forward to visiting again. She has family in Mexico City and last went there when she was seventeen (so also about twenty years ago!).
From Mexico, we fly to California to visit Travis Aicklen at Radiant Church, Visalia. This is a growing church and we will spend a day with their leaders before flying on to Missouri to be with Bryan Mowrey and his wife Rachel. Bryan leads Jubilee Church in St Louis as well as the Confluence family of churches, who are part of the Newfrontiers apostolic fellowship. Bryan and Rachel are good friends of ours, and we are looking forward to spending time with their local church and apostolic team. While we are there, I will be speaking at a three-day conference involving about 30 church leadership teams. We also hope to catch up with John and Linda Lanferman.
This trip is part of the outworking of King’s call to be a resource to many other churches. Please pray that Deb and I will be a great encouragement to the people we visit.
So, I don’t know what your plans are for Valentine’s Day, but I now need to find a table for two at Terminal Three in Heathrow.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
4th October 2018
‘King’s is like Niagara Falls, strong and secure. You do not need to worry about King’s…
…but I am calling you to be like Victoria Falls, a church whose reach goes much further, a wider calling.’
This is a prophetic word given to me when I was on a trip to Zimbabwe in 2013. It has proven to be a significant word for us, one which continues to shape the life and direction of King’s Church, London.
This week, we will see an example of this prophetic word in action, as we launch our fourth site in Beckenham on Sunday. Deb and I, however, are unable to be there, as we will be in Cyprus for the Newfrontiers Global conference, the annual gathering of apostolic leaders in the international Newfrontiers family. While I would love to be present at the Beckenham launch, I am fully confident that the excellent team have everything in hand and that all will go well.
I would like to ask for your prayers for this coming week. Please pray for a fantastic start for the Beckenham site on Sunday. I know that the team have been working hard delivering thousands of leaflets and we are hoping for many visitors to join us. Please pray also for an excellent Newfrontiers Global conference in Cyprus. Lastly, let us keep praying that King’s will become a church that reflects the strength and depth of Niagara Falls, while also having the wide reach of Victoria Falls.
Our Vision 2030 series continues this Sunday with Phil Varley preaching on ‘Restore’.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
27th September 2018
Westminster Chapel, London, 20th March 2019
One of the things I have always appreciated about the ministry of Terry Virgo, Newfrontiers’ founding father, is the emphasis he places on prayer, both personal and corporate.
Over the years, I have had the privilege of praying with Terry on numerous occasions – on early mornings while travelling together in Mexico, in leadership meetings and at conferences. Each January, Terry would often invite small groups of leaders to his home to pray as we began the new year. Those of us who have been around Newfrontiers for a while will remember the regular days of prayer and fasting when we gathered from across the country to come before God. In the new era of Newfrontiers, prayer remains the backbone of the new apostolic spheres.
As we increasingly partner across the spheres in the UK, prayer is once again a natural point for us to come together. When we gather at Westminster Chapel, London, on Wednesday 20th March 2019, the nation will be days away from a decision on Brexit. Whatever your view on this national debate, it is undoubtedly a good time to pray! We will also be praying for an expansion in Gospel breakthrough and church planting.
Booking is now open and you can reserve your tickets at Prayerday.uk. Once again, this is a day for all leaders – elders, pastors, staff and spouses. This will be the second national prayer day we have held in this new era of Newfrontiers, and it promises to be another encouraging and exciting time as we seek God together and pray for our nation.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
19th April 2018
This week’s blog comes to you all the way from Washington DC, where I have had the privilege of joining David Devenish’s Newfrontiers Together Team. This is a team of apostles from round the world and on this occasion, we have gathered in Washington. It is always a joy to be with dear friends and co-workers in our gospel partnership, and this is a fantastic team: Edward Buria, Scott Marques and Steve van Ryan from Africa; John Lanferman, PJ Smyth and Bryan Mowray from USA; Andrey Bonderenko from Ukraine; and finally, David Devenish and David Holden from the UK.
We have spent the last few days praying, talking and planning together, but we have also had the opportunity to see some of Washington’s iconic buildings. Jet lag meant that on the first morning I was awake very early, but it gave me the chance to get some steps in and take a long walk around some of the famous landmarks, including Capitol Hill and the National Mall. It is always an amazing experience to see places you know so well from TV and I can report that they are as impressive in real life as they are on screen!
Visiting this city has been a bit of a walk down memory lane for me. I first came to Washington as a child with my family, to visit my Aunt Joy. She was a remarkable lady who was aptly named, as she was indeed full of joy and always great fun to be around. She married an American and lived here all her adult life and I have many happy memories from this city – of barbecues and basketball with my cousins and of watching Johan Cruyff play for the Washington Diplomats.
As we have been praying for our growing apostolic fellowship this week, we have reflected on the God and King we serve. We are a group of apostles drawn from many nations, each of them different, yet united by a God who rules and reigns over us all.
Writing from the other side of the Atlantic, it seems strange to think that in just a short time I will be back in the UK. I shall look forward to seeing you all at King’s on Sunday.
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.