Soul Survivor (charity)
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|1000 (Soul Survivor Watford, 2009)
28,000 (summer festivals)
By 1993 the number of young people attending the annual Summer New Wine Christian Family Conference at the Royal Bath and West Showground in Somerset was significant enough for the organisers of New Wine to launch a special youth event. The first Soul Survivor conference took place in the Summer of 1993 under the leadership of Mike Pilavachi, a youth worker at St Andrew's Church, Chorleywood. Like New Wine, the Soul Survivor conferences were originally overseen by St Andrew's Church. The conference was the inspiration of Pilavachi and one of his church youth club members, Matt Redman who regularly led the worship at early Soul Survivor events.
1,896 young people attended the first Soul Survivor festival and in 1995, the event split across two weeks (Soul Survivor A and Soul Survivor B). By 2006 attendance at the events was around 25,000 spread over the two weeks. In 2007 Soul Survivor C was launched at the Royal Cheshire Showground, but there was a reshuffle in 2008 when Soul Survivor A moved to the Stafford County showground with B and C remaining at the Royal Bath and West Showground.
The Momentum festival, aimed at students and young people in their twenties and thirties was founded in 2004.
While it shares its name and leadership with Soul Survivor, Soul Survivor Watford is a separate organisation and registered charity from Soul Survivor. It is based in two converted warehouses in Watford, Hertfordshire. It was established in 1993 by Mike Pilavachi.
Mike Pilavachi in a Soul Survivor main meeting
|Dates||Scotland: 15–19 July 2014
Week A: 25–28 July 2014
Week B: 12–16 August 2014
Week C: 17–21 August 2014
Momentum: 22–26 August 2014
|Location(s)||Staffordshire and Somerset|
|Years active||1993 - to date|
At present, four separate Soul Survivor festivals take place every year within the UK:
Soul Survivor A - A 5-day festival based at the Stafford County Showground in Staffordshire aimed at teenagers.
Soul Survivor B & C - Two 5-day festivals based at the Royal Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet in Somerset, aimed at teenagers.
Momentum - A 5-day festival based at the Royal Bath and West Showground aimed at students and those in their twenties and thirties.
The festivals consist of seminars, sporting events and art, music and drama workshops during the day, and a charismatic worship service followed by live bands in the evening.
In 2014 there was also a Soul Survivor based at Thainstone Centre, Aberdeen in Scotland.
The worship at the Soul Survivor festivals is recorded, and each year a live album is released with the most popular new songs from the festival. Each album often contains original songs from Soul Survivor's worship team, as well as traditional and contemporary songs from other artists and ministries. The albums are published by Survivor Records.
"Soul In The City"
Soul Survivor has spread across the globe and now holds festivals and other events in the following locations:
|United Kingdom||Stafford & Shepton Mallet||1993|
|United States||Newport Beach||2000|
- World Wide Message Tribe
- The Message Trust
- New Wine - a similar event aimed at families, which also originated from St. Andrews.
- Survivor Records - a record label affiliated with Soul Survivor, distributed by Kingsway Communications.
- Worship Central
- [dead link]
- Soul Survivor: About us... A history lesson!
- "Soul Survivor Announces New Event for 2007". Christianity Today. 2007-01-05. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
- "summer: Soul Survivor Scotland". Retrieved 2013-08-23.
- Soul Survivor: About us... Our Church![dead link]
- Christian Today: Soul Survivor Announces New Event for 2007
- Cummings, Tony (June 2003). "Festival: Manchester". Cross Rhythms (75).
- Soul In The City Durban
- Soul Survivor Melbourne: History[dead link]
- Global Soul Survivor Homepage
- Soul Action Homepage
- Momentum Homepage
- Worship Central Homepage
- Soul Survivor Myspace page