Vision and Values

Word Alive’s aim can be summed up in the strap line, Serving the Church, Reaching the World. Our desire is to resource individuals and churches and so empower them in their mission to their local communities and the wider world. As we do that we will be guided by the following principles:


Our belief in the Bible as God’s living word and our supreme authority means that the Bible will be central in all our activities. The core programme of Word Alive will be Biblical exposition, supported by Bible Overviews and guides to Bible handling.

Engagement with God

Our belief that a personal relationship with God is the centre of human existence will lead us to encourage a real engagement with God through all that happens at Word Alive. We believe that God will be personally addressing us and changing us by his Spirit through his Word. Given that, we want to help each other respond to Him in an appropriate way, whether it be prayer, worship, personal commitment or a change of life-direction.


Our belief that God gifts and works through all his people means we will place a high priority on training. We will seek to provide seminars and training tracks that will help individuals discover and develop their own gifts. With a huge variety of gifts from preaching to personal relationships, or childrens work to world mission, we will open up possibilities, provide examples and encouragement and seek to motivate and equip Gods people to serve him and his world.

Listen to Hugh Palmer interviewing Don Carson and Richard Cunningham about the future of Word Alive in 2008 at the first Event

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The Organisers of Word Alive


  • Hugh Palmer (Chair)
  • Richard Cunningham
  • Dave Gobbett
  • Simon Johnson

Word Alive Office

  • Nigel Beynon (Director)
  • Tom Roberts (Event Coordinator)

Programme Committee

  • Dave Gobbett (Chair)
  • Peter Dray
  • Connie Keep
  • Melanie Lacy
  • Neil Powell
  • Katie Shaw
  • John Stevens

Legal Status

Word Alive was launched as a partnership between UCCF and Keswick Ministries in 2007, the first event was in April 2008. Word Alive is a charity registered in England and Wales (Company No. 06434440, Charity No. 1122012).

Declaration of Belief

The basis of Word Alive shall be the fundamental truths of Christianity, as revealed in Holy Scripture, including:

  1. There is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  2. God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
  3. The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour.
  4. Since the fall, the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
  5. The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son, is fully God; he was born of a virgin; his humanity is real and sinless; he died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth.
  6. Sinful human beings are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of their representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between them and God.
  7. Those who believe in Christ are pardoned all their sins and accepted in God’s sight only because of the righteousness of Christ credited to them; this justification is God’s act of undeserved mercy, received solely by trust in him and not by their own efforts.
  8. The Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in Jesus Christ.
  9. The Holy Spirit lives in all those he has regenerated. He makes them increasingly Christlike in character and behaviour and gives them power for their witness in the world.
  10. The one holy universal church is the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong.
  11. The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person, to judge everyone, to execute God’s just condemnation on those who have not repented and to receive the redeemed to eternal glory.