Good To Grow Paperback – 8 Jul 2011
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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.