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
8th November 2018
The year was 1987. I was a young Christian, not yet a pastor and still working in business. Our church in Bedford was meeting in a rented hall while our own building was undergoing major extension and refurbishment. While I was enjoying worship along with the rest of the congregation, I suddenly felt God speak to me very clearly: to give the generous bonus I had recently earned towards clearing the outstanding debt on the building project. I remember walking to the front of the meeting and challenging everyone to join me so that we could clear the debt together. Thirty-one years later, the God-lesson I learnt in my twenties still applies today: Put God first, money second.
A Faith Target of £2 Million
Over the last six weeks, we have been sharing the heart of Vision 2030 – to Reach thousands with the Gospel, to Restore individual lives and the communities around us, and to be a Resource to hundreds of churches. As part of this exciting new vision, we have set a challenging faith target of £2 million for the current year, from September 2018 to the end of August 2019.
Last Sunday, I spoke about having a spirit of generosity. Please listen to the message here if you missed it – I promise it will do you good! Now I am asking each one of us to act, to give sacrificially towards the achievement of Vision 2030. As always, we are asking everyone to participate according to their individual circumstances – please give out of what you have, not out of what you do not have.
We are inviting each of you to take three steps:
1. Review your regular giving to King’s
2. Give towards Vision 2030
3. Consider making an additional up-front Vision 2030 gift
At the back of your Vision 2030 booklet (available at sites if you do not yet have one) you will find the Vision 2030 Commitment and Gift Form, detailing these three steps. We would ask you to prayerfully review your giving, complete the form and return it on or before our two Vision 2030 Gift Days on Sunday 11 and 18 November.
We have a God-given opportunity to see significant Gospel and Kingdom breakthrough over the coming decade. These next two weeks will determine the pace at which we can move forward.
King’s Church – Let’s go for it! I am praying for a huge uplift in our annual giving and a massive upfront offering.
Let’s put God first!
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.