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Tibbert Steve with Taylor Val
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8 July 2011
How one south London church grew to over 1,000 in 15 years and the lessons learned along the way. Leading a church brings lots of challenges but when the church is growing, the challenges grow too. Leadership strategies and decisions can make or break the healthy development of the congregations life and ministry wisdom and grace are in big demand!

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Authentic Media (8 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860248128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860248122
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Tibbert is Senior Pastor at Kings Church, Catford. He is also on the Newfrontiers UK Team and helps to oversee Newfrontiers churches in London and Surrey. He is married to Deb and they have three boys.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful book for church leaders 29 Sep 2011
In the interests of full disclosure I should say that I count some of the staff and members of Kings as friends and am part of the same family of churches as the author of this book, Steve Tibbert. It's always a slightly tricky thing when you review a book by someone you know. Being a sycophant isn't my thing but then I've not always got the balance right when making public comments about people who, after all, are on the same team. That makes it sound like I'm about to pan this book, which I'm really not at all.

Good to Grow is the story of Kings Church in south-east London since Steve's became the leader in the early 90's. It's a story of a church that has grown from some 200 to well over a thousand regular attenders, now meeting across multiple sites and pushing ahead at some rate of knots. As such it's a story to be applauded. There simply aren't enough stories like this in the UK of churches growing consistently over the years and breaking through significant barriers in terms of numbers and diversity.

Good to Grow also contains the leadership lessons that Steve has learnt along the way and Steve is a very focused leader and there is lots of good stuff here particularly on building a diverse church, building a great marriage and the challenge of regularly retooling your leadership team to be ready for the next season of growth.

The chapters are short and the tone is conversational so you race through the pages quickly and nowhere does it get bogged down in detail. I read it in about three hours and it's time well spent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
You hold in your hands a book that recounts a captivating story of how our great God has been working through what was once a small church in South East London. When a visiting prophetic team spoke of a vision from the church's history that had been lost, little did they know that a student of C.H. Spurgeon had began this congregation with a dream of building a 1000 member church. Just a few years later, Kings Church is now one of relatively few British churches that regularly gather more than that number. Some books on church growth erroneously tell you that if you just follow a set of principles you will automatically experience the same results. Others equally wrongly speak only of a sovereign work of God. This book is different. You will see evidence of the grace of God, but you will also learn from both the mistakes and successes of the church's leadership team. Rick Warren says that any church that is content to stay small is telling the world that they don't care if they go to hell. God may not be calling your church to be as large as King's, but he is calling you to faithfully learn from others and apply leadership lessons, and work hard to make disciples of all nations. You may not agree with every aspect of the philosophy of ministry you will find in this book, but reading it will definitely help you better understand the way in which God is calling you to serve in his church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Church growth in the UK - a good read 21 July 2014
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Fascinating account of one church's progress within a few years - IN THE UK! It's a New Frontiers church and they seem to be able to grow well, maybe they have less traditional baggage than some of us. Whatever they have in their dna, we need it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, engaging, motivational and nitty gritty 24 Oct 2011
This is a refreshing book, as it's about church growth in England. Also, it has a great title that plays on 'good to go' (an expression I didn't know til the last year or so - I understand it's Northern).

I love the way the chapters track growth from 2-300, from 300 to 500, and then from 500 to a thousand. You may not need to know, at this stage (if you're a church leader in England), that you will hit quite a ceiling when you're trying to grow from 250 to the next level. I would have quite liked to know, Steve, how to grow from 60 people, or from 20!

But quibbles aside, this is a funny, engaging, inspiring, very honest and driven book. I don't reckon you need to be interested in church growth to read it. It is the best book on the subject I have read so far (and yes I have read Wagner). It has given me several tips and helps that I am using now in our church that seem to be doing the job, put it that way.

I am not a New Frontiers man, but I recognise that they get a lot of things right when it comes to church growth. They are great at branding and building confidence in people. Unless you have a good infrastructure, you can't fulfil the commission in this country of GOING and reaching out to the poor. When your church has grown, you can fund hostels for the homeless; you can have programmes for drug addicts; you can sponsor academies and plant other churches. You can yield to God and allow his truth to be preached to hundreds every Sunday, and individuals in home groups. What's not to like? We are called to grow, and Tibbert has shared some vital information with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent handbook for church leaders 6 Sep 2011
Having listened to Steve's seminar at the Brighton conference I was encouraged to buy this book, initially to read myself and then to pass on to our church elders. I found it very easy to read and difficult to put down! A must for anyone in church leadership.
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