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Last ever Soul Survivor season gets underway

by Cara Bentley

Soul Survivor has been going since 1993, growing out of the increasing teenage attendance at the family festival New Wine.

It was started by Mike Pilavachi, who is now the senior pastor at Soul Survivor Watford church, and is aimed at around 12-18 year olds.

Last summer, Pilavachi announced that Soul Survivor was going to end, saying in a video: "We know this may come as a surprise to some but we believe that God has spoken and that this is the right time for us to step aside and make space for others to rise up.

"This is not a decision we have taken lightly but one we make after much prayer and consideration. We continue to care passionately about young people and will look to support them in any way we can in the future, as well as longing to encourage and equip the whole church to move in the power of the Holy Spirit.

"There is a sense of sadness in making this announcement as we have seen God do some wonderful things at our events since we began in 1993 but we know that God is calling us into a new season and we look forward to seeing all that he will do as we make room for others to grow."

The first week of the 2019 season, in Stafford, started on Saturday with the next two weeks being held in Peterborough.

The festival involves preaching from Mike Pilavachi and Andy Croft, worship music in the Big Top tent by Beth Croft and Rend Collective and various stalls in the exhibition hall for Christian merchandise, charities and books.

There are also evening activities, such as smaller concert venues, including Guvna B, for Christian bands and film screenings.

In 2018, around 25,000 people came to Soul Survivor events and Week A has had the most bookings ever. 

Seminars this year will look at topics like Love Island, worry, identity, evangelism, insecurity, leadership, science, football, vulnerability, the impact of pornography, disappointment and the historical evidence for the life of Jesus. 

Click here to listen to Mike Pilavachi speaking to Premier Youth and Children's Work magazine about the end of Soul Survivor here:

You can get a free copy of the Soul Survivor special issue of Premier Youth and Children's Work magazine here.

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