Soul Survivor UK

Soul Survivor is a Christian organisation that runs events to encourage young people to live out a life of worship and see Jesus' love and grace impact them and their part of the world.

our values

our values

We may seem like a pretty informal bunch (and we are) but there is some method to our madness. These values are at the heart of everything we do. They are the reason we exist and they shape every single one of our events and resources. 

The purpose of Soul Survivor...

  1. The heart of Soul Survivor is to envision young people of all denominations to capture first a vision of Jesus, and then to equip, train, empower and release them into his ministry in their every day lives.

  2. We do this in many different ways which may include – conferences, retreats, resources, local church-based events, training events, discipleship courses and mentoring programmes, and through mission experience in the world.

  3. The outworking of this purpose may vary from centre to centre, but each Soul Survivor subscribes to this common purpose, as well as the doctrine, values and practices as outlined below.

The doctrine of belief

We affirm the historic creeds of the Christian faith (see the Evangelical Alliance statement of faith for more details).

The Soul Survivor values

Soul Survivor’s key priority is RELATIONSHIP: Relationship with: -

i) God
ii) one another
iii) the world God loves.

i) Relationship with God

We value an intimate relationship with God – Jesus Christ is the Lord, we are his servants; he is the Bridegroom, we are his bride; God is our Father, we are his children.

We express this through specific acts of worship and devotion (particularly through music and song) combined with a lifestyle of worship that reflects intimacy and relationship with God, righteousness and justice.

We recognise and value the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

ii) Relationship with one another

We place a high value on community and family.

Whilst we look for excellence in our music and teaching we will sacrifice professionalism in favour of being relational.

We value informality and fun. We take God seriously but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

We want our meetings to be accessible to everyone.

iii) Relationship with the world God loves

We aim to make the message of God’s love relevant and accessible to everyone.

We want to engage with the world around us and not escape it through creating a Christian sub-culture.

We believe that worship, evangelism and justice go hand in hand and we recognise that we – through our words and actions – can be a living representation of God in our world.

We express that relationship particularly in following the biblical commands to care for the poor, the broken, the marginalized and the dispossessed and to stand for justice as an expression of the Kingdom of God.

How we practice our values...

The doctrine we subscribe to and the values we hold shape our practices: -

i) Relationship with God

Because we value intimate relationship with God our life of worship is to Him, for Him and about Him. (We generally don’t sing songs for each other or about each other but keep the focus on Him.

We will look for ways to share the good news of Jesus and bring people into relationship with Him.

In our meetings we stay away from hype, performance or manipulation as much as we are able (and we recognise the outworking of some of these will vary according to culture).

Because we value relationship with Him so much, our aim is to hear his voice and seek his direction in our meetings, in our leadership and in our lives. We are open to Him changing any plans we make and, whilst we believe the Holy Spirit can and does inspire our planning, we purposely seek to leave space in our meetings for Him to speak and guide spontaneously.

We always allow time in our meetings to minister to one another in the power of the Holy Spirit*. We believe that as we spend time in His presence we will change and come to wholeness – this involves character development, emotional and physical healing.

ii) Relationship with one another

Because we value each individual we want to do all we can to ensure that Soul Survivor events, gatherings and personnel are ‘safe’ – we believe that the safety and welfare of our delegates is paramount and will take all necessary steps to do this, even if the law of our land does not specifically request us to.

We believe that God speaks to and through everyone and not just the ‘anointed leader’ and we all have a part to play.

We always try and use language that is inclusive rather than exclusive.

We want our events to be a journey that we are all on together.

At our events we seek to find ways to build relationship with God and one another (e.g. the cafes, sports teams and other leisure activities)

We are careful not to abuse our position of influence by using our events as marketing tools – either for our own ministry, or the ministry of others.

iii) Relationship with the world God loves

We believe that the Bible clearly teaches that justice, caring for the poor and the marginalized is part of evangelism and part of our worship. Therefore we place a strong emphasis in our teaching on taking what we receive from God out into the world and look to equip young people with the tools to do this.

We want to find ways to help the young people we work with connect with and get involved in issues of justice, to connect with the poor and the marginalized.

*please refer to David Pytches’ book, ‘Come Holy Spirit’ for more detail and practice

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latest news

Join the mission!


We're launching something new for Week A 2016 - teaming up with local churches and organisations in Stafford to get involved in some mission work! We’re really excited about what God will do as we go and seek to be a blessing.

Momentum weekend in France


Over 18? Come and join Mike, Andy and the team for a weekend of worship, teaching and ministry in Bordeaux, France!

Naturally Supernatural


Come and join us next week for Naturally Supernatural! Guest speakers include Debby Wright, Simon Holley, Wendy Mann and Rob Wall.

St Albans Abbey


Come and join us this Saturday at our special celebration at St Albans Abbey! No need to book but do arrive ahead of the 6.30pm kick off to find a space. 

Naturally Supernatural


Bookings are now open for Naturally Supernatural, taking place at Soul Survivor Watford from 17th-20th February 2016.

Summer 2015


We've had an amazing summer with thousands of young people and one amazing God! Check out the videos to see what we've been up to.

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We do have quite a big web site full of lots of fun info, resources and words. We have fun making it, but we also want you to find what you're looking for. If you've got lost or find yourself going round in circles, why not try one of these links:
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