New Word Alive

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New Word Alive
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New Word Alive is run by Christian Events
Founded 22 November 2007 (2007-11-22)
Founder Hugh Palmer, Richard Cunningham, Jason Clarke, Nigel Benyon
Type Christian Events is registered as a British charity and a private company, limited by guarantee with no share capital
Registration no. 06434440
Focus Providing resources to the church in the UK to help them in their role of reaching out to the world with the Christian Faith.
Origins Spring Harvest Word Alive
(1993 - 2007)
Area served
United Kingdom / world
Method Organising and running the annual conference, New Word Alive
Key people
Rev Hugh Palmer (chair)
Rev Richard Cunningham
Jason Clarke
Nigel Benyon (company sec.)
Increase £ 816,343 (2011)[1]
Slogan Serving the church, reaching the world

New Word Alive is an annual conference originated by a partnership of the UK Christian organisations UCCF and Keswick Ministries. The conference is focussed on Bible teaching, corporate worship, and family time. The conference is a continuation of the former Word Alive event which ran within Spring Harvest. As well as attracting around 4000 guests, the conference has historically included the largest evangelical student conference in Europe.


New Word Alive is billed as "a Bible holiday week inspiring and refeshing the whole body".[2] There is a full adult programme throughout the day along with activities focussed for children and youth. There is also a specially tailored 'Student Track' conference which is one of the largest Christian student conferences in Europe.

The Student Track joins the Adult Programme for the morning Bible Readings, the centrepiece of New Word Alive, during which the main speaker for the week gives an in-depth bible study. Other events are Doctrine Matters seminars, various afternoon training tracks and the evening celebrations. Later in the evening there is an 'After Hours' programme featuring contemporary worship, film nights, live interviews, club nights and gigs.

The majority of guests stay in the on-site accommodation (caravans, chalets) provided at the holiday centre, with options for either self-catering or dinner, bed and breakfast. There are also Day Visitor and Events Passes available for those wishing to stay off site in nearby hotels, B&B establishments or cottages.

John Piper


From 2008 to 2011 New Word Alive was held at the Haven Holiday Park, Hafan y Mor, near Pwllheli in North Wales. From 2012 the conference moved to the Pontins site, Prestatyn Sands, North Wales.


The first Word Alive event took place as part of Spring Harvest in 1993 and was a partnership between UCCF, Keswick Ministries, Spring Harvest and initially the Proclamation Trust. In 2007, it was announced that Word Alive would no longer be a part of Spring Harvest, and from 2008 would run independently in Pwllheli, rather than Skegness.[3] Press releases explaining the split were released by UCCF,[4] Keswick Ministries and Bishop Pete Broadbent of the Spring Harvest leadership team.[5] The statements emphasise different factors leading up to the decision to cease working together. Following a subsequent statement by Pete Broadbent all sides accept that disagreements over Spring Harvest leadership team member Steve Chalke's view of the atonement played at least some part in the split.[6]

Main speakers and worship leaders[edit]

Year Dates Main speakers Worship leaders
2008 7/4 – 11/4 Don Carson, John Piper, Terry Virgo Stuart Townend, Phatfish, Lou Fellingham
2009 30/3 – 4/4 (Wk1)
4/4 – 9/4 (Wk2)
Vaughan Roberts (Wk1), Liam Goligher (Wk2);
Don Carson, Terry Virgo, Krish Kandiah
Stuart Townend, Phatfish, Lou Fellingham (Wk1); Keith & Kristyn Getty (Wk2)
2010 13/4 – 18/4 Hugh Palmer, Jerry Bridges, Wayne Grudem, Rebecca Manley-Pippert, Richard Coekin Stuart Townend, Sam Parker
2011 10/4 – 15/4 David Cook, Carl Trueman, Graham Daniels, Ben Kwoshi, Mike Reeves Bob Kauflin
2012 31/3 – 5/4 Jonathan Lamb, Paul David Tripp, Rebecca Manley-Pippert, Richard Pratt, John Wyatt, William Taylor Stuart Townend, Lewis Green
2013 2/4 – 7/4 (Wk1)
7/4 – 12/4 (Wk2)
Christopher Ash, Bruce Ware, Dan Strange, Hugh Palmer (Wk1); Mark Dever, Os Guinness, Thabiti Anyabwile, Hugh Palmer (Wk2) Colin Webster and Sojourn Music (Wk1);
Nathan Tasker and Lewis Green (Wk2)
2014 7/4 – 12/4 (Wk1) Don Carson Stuart Townend


  1. ^ Trustees' report and financial statements for the six months ended 31 May 2011
  2. ^ New Word Alive 2012 brochure
  3. ^ Benn, Wallace. "Word Alive is alive!". Evangelicals Now, June 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Response from UCCF to the SPRING HARVEST decision to end the Word Alive Bible teaching week after 14 years". Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Pete Broadbent of Spring Harvest Makes a Statement About Word Alive". Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Peter Broadbent States Atonement Was a Factor in Spring Harvest Split". Retrieved 9 May 2008. 

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