7th November 2019
On Vision Sunday a couple of weeks ago, I spoke about our plan to gather the church for 21 days of prayer in January.
In preparation for this, I have been reading around the subject of prayer. I have begun with Tim Keller’s excellent book Prayer – Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. Like many of Keller’s books, it is content rich. It is not a quick read – each chapter requires focussed time to digest – but it is certainly worthwhile. It is both an encouragement and an inspiration to persevere in prayer. It has already helped my prayer life and I commend it to you all.
I am excited about starting next year with 21 days of prayer. Throughout this three-week period, we will be gathering the four sites together for an hour’s corporate prayer each day between 7pm and 8pm, beginning on Monday 6 January. I am aiming to be at all of them, and I have already heard from several others who plan to do the same. I am encouraging everyone at King’s to come to as many of the 21 prayer meetings as possible. In fact, why not put the dates in your diary now? If we are to see the fulfilment of Vision 2030 – to reach thousands of people and serve hundreds of churches – prayer needs to be at the heart of everything we do.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
10th January 2019
Following a fruitful and busy season across Christmas and New Year, Deb and I enjoyed a couple of days away in the New Forest last week. This is something we try to do each January. Being away from the distractions of work and home, even for a short while, provides a valuable breathing space as we finish one year and begin another. On long walks and over pub meals, we have got into the habit of looking back over the last year and talking through the one to come - a moment to pause, reflect and refocus before another busy year kicks in.
I tend to be someone who is always looking ahead, but it is helpful to make time to review what has gone before moving on. As Deb and I looked back over 2018 last week, we realised just how much we had to be grateful for. We talked through all that had happened for us personally, in our family, at King’s and in the wider church family, and thanked God for his many blessings. We were able to identify what had gone well, as well as areas that still needed work.
It was also good to take time to refocus and think about the year to come. We are aware that we are about to enter another busy season, with lots of overseas travel in the next four months. In February, Deb and I will be visiting Newfrontiers’ friends Lee and Stacey Yarborough in Mexico, and Bryan and Rachel Mowrey in St Louis, USA. Then in March I will be attending a Newfrontiers’ conference in Cape Town. It is a privilege to be able to witness all that God is doing in the nations, but being away from home so much requires lots of planning to avoid being overrun.
It has become our tradition at King’s to focus on prayer during the month of January and this year we have connected our weekly Wednesday prayer evenings with our Sunday teaching series, Encounter. If you missed Andrew Wilson’s opening message in this new series last Sunday, I highly recommend listening to it. While King’s continues to remain missional in its outlook, we want to start this year waiting on God and ensuring we are filled with the Holy Spirit. These Wednesday evenings will be another opportunity for us to reflect and give thanks for the year that has gone, to refocus on what we believe God has called us to, and to wait upon Him. Next Wednesday, we are looking forward to welcoming Mike Pilavachi as our guest speaker for the evening, and I hope to see many of you there.
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.