If we all spent 2 min picking up off the beach.., Andrew Phillips spoke to Phil Williams from Christian Surfers has a passion for Christ, Surfing, People and the Environment.
TAKEN FROM THE WEBSITE
Christian Surfers UK is a group of passionate surfers whose members are also committed to their faith, and who see God’s signature written all over His Creation.
Our desire is to experience this amazing God for ourselves through spending time together, in the sea and in relationship with His son Jesus. Our aim is therefore a simple one: to tell other surfers that they too can have a relationship with Jesus.
We are not a church, but our members represent a wide range of different churches to which they belong. Our objective therefore is to bridge the gap between the surf community and the church.
Christian Surfers UK is affiliated to Christian Surfers International, the umbrella organisation linking together those countries with an active Christian Surfers mission (currently 38 nations), and has been a registered charity in the UK since 1998.
We share the good news of Jesus with surfers, following him together in community and empowering others to do the same. So that every surfer and every surfing community would have opportunity to know and follow Jesus.
GOSPEL-CENTRED Faith-focused, Bible is our authority, Jesus, discipleship, prayer – Matthew 28:18-20
PEOPLE OF INTEGRITY Accountability, Godly character, authentic – Titus 2:11-12, James 4:17
SERVANT-HEARTED Humility, trust, sacrificial, empowering of others – Matthew 20:26-27
SURFERS Adventurous, risk-taking, innovative, have a go – John 10:10
BIG STRATEGIC IDEAS
CONNECTING Choosing to create opportunities and platforms that will help initiate relationships. e.g. our personal surfing, media, movie nights, camps, outreach contests, etc.
DISCIPLING Choosing to create opportunities and platforms that introduce and grow surfers in their life-long relationship with Jesus. e.g. local missions, Bible studies, camps, national movements, prayer, etc.
SERVING Choosing to create opportunities and platforms that enable us to meet the needs of our wider surfing community. e.g. chaplaincy, events, logistical support, emergency response, community development, etc.
EQUIPPING Choosing to create opportunities and platforms that empower our people to advance our mission. e.g. training, mentoring, resources, leadership development, spiritual disciplines, etc.
PARTNERING Choosing to develop relationships of trust where sharing and joining with others helps us to achieve our vision. e.g. local churches, mission agencies, surf industry, secular surfing organisations, surf media, alumni, Aleph, etc.
Faith Hope and Love Toubab Tales takes us on a journey into Mali. Rob Baker is an ethnomusicologist studying tribal songs and encourages them to write and create worship songs in their style and langauge. In Rob's travels he has seen vast differences between cultures even in one village congragulatng him on being fat. But what about Western Gospel and Singing verses African culture?