1st October 2020
This Sunday, October 4th, is Vision Sunday, an important date in the King's calendar. I am looking forward to speaking and telling you more about some exciting new initiatives starting soon, as well as some details regarding the planned reopening of our buildings.
King's, the Kingdom of God is expanding! Please join us online on Sunday – this is a week not to be missed. In fact, why not invite a friend or family member to join you?
Posted by Steve Tibbert
31st October 2019
At our recent Vision Sunday, I asked King’s to respond to God’s call upon us as a local church by taking two steps: the first was a call to prayer, the second a call to give.
King’s is a remarkably generous church, and many are giving sacrificially in response to the grace we have received in Christ. This year I have asked 500 households to increase their monthly giving by at least £10 per month, and to also bring an additional one-off gift towards Vision 2030 at our two gift days in November. The first of these is this Sunday, 3rd November, and the second will be the following week. I’d like to encourage you to consider prayerfully what you can bring to the offering on either of these two Sundays. Deb and I have already looked at our budget and prayed together and will be ready to bring our offering this Sunday. The ongoing generosity of King’s is an essential part of fulfilling the vision God has given us to Reach, Restore and Resource.
If you would like to know more about King’s philosophy of giving, have a look at this video interview I did a few years ago.
The Vision 2030 update leaflet is available here and the invitation/giving review form here.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
11th July 2019
I once listened to a pastor from a Texas megachurch declare that his was one of the most financially generous churches in the USA. To be honest, the church’s attendance was of such a scale that the figures presented were difficult to relate to anything within our UK experience, and it was hard to discern how true his statement was — but the numbers were impressive.
My experience in the UK is that for every person attending a church, you can expect £1000 to be given per year. That means a church with an average weekly attendance of 200 adults and children can expect an annual income of £200,000. This will vary according to contextual factors, but is useful as a rough guide.
In the 24 years I have been leading King’s, as we have moved from one building project to another, added services and sites and increased our staff, I have had to teach about money and giving many times. I don’t believe it is something many pastors enjoy speaking on, but I believe it is vital that we regularly address the subject on Sundays. Here are some of the key principles you would hear taught at King’s. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but hopefully it catches our heart:
In our personal finances:
1. Be generous.
2. Give out of what you have, not out of what you do not have.
3. You ‘get to give’ not ‘give to get’.
4. We are called to steward God-given resources – all we have belongs to God first.
5. Give proportionally – 10% of a large salary is a smaller sacrifice than 10% of a small one.
6. Your bank account reveals your priorities.
For the church:
1. Teach regularly on the subject of money and giving.
2. Be open about the church’s financial position.
3. Give an account to the church at least once a year. At King’s we call this Vision Night.
4. Openness, good management and vision casting are all important when asking people to give sacrificially.
5. Cash flow is really important!
6. Ultimately, God is the provider.
We had our annual Vision Night at King’s last night. It is a very important evening in our church calendar when we give an account of money given, how it has been spent to-date, and proposed future giving and spending goals. A key element for us is relating giving and expenditure to the implementation of vision. I believe churches should be accountable and open about money, and I love the fact that there are always lots of good questions on these evenings. This can and should be an interesting and exciting evening for the whole church! I am grateful to be leading an extremely generous church, and excited to see all that God will do with the resources He has given.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
31st January 2019
Many of you will have heard my testimony of how I became a Christian, especially if you have been at King’s for a while. Although I was brought up in a Christian home, I did not commit my life to Jesus until I was nineteen. I had attended church for most of my life, having been taken along by my parents, but it wasn’t until the sudden death of a friend of mine in a motorbike accident that I looked seriously at the claims of Jesus. I remember being at my friend’s funeral service and telling God that I’d take six months to examine the Gospel! Not long after that I gave my life to Christ and have never looked back.
From the moment I became a Christian I have wanted to tell others about the Good News of Jesus. My life was transformed overnight and I had no hesitation telling people why I had changed. Before going full-time, I witnessed to my work colleagues and ran Just Looking groups. As a young youth pastor, I once stood on a table in the middle of a crowded pub and started telling the room about Jesus – I was keen, but not always that wise when it came to the best way of communicating my faith to unbelievers! Since I came to lead King’s over twenty years ago, we have run the Alpha course each term and have seen many people come to faith through it.
Reaching people with the Gospel is central to the Christian life and that is why it’s a key part of King’s Vision 2030: to Reach, Restore and Resource. But if we are honest, many of us find sharing our faith difficult and are not too sure how to go about it. In our new series starting this Sunday, we will learn how to REACH others by looking at the best example we could possibly learn from: Jesus. Over the eight-weeks of the series, we will examine the different approaches Jesus took and see how we can apply them to our own lives.
To make the most of the series we are encouraging everyone at King’s to do the following:
• Be at church each week – it’s only eight weeks!
• Be part of a group – a great place to make friends and discuss the topics together.
• Engage daily – buy the REACH devotional workbook (just £3.50 and available at all sites on Sundays or online). This is a great way to think more deeply about the topics raised in the series during our personal prayer times.
I am very excited about this new series and believe it will empower and equip us to ‘Go and Tell’ others the Good News of Jesus. There are thousands in our community who do not yet know Him. Though only God can transform someone’s life, we can all help to plant seeds.
Our new Reach series starts this Sunday, 3rd February, at all sites.
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.