Christian Surfers International is a network of worldwide mission organisations which aim to give the world surfing community the opportunity to know Jesus.
It is a Christian presence and witness in the world surfing community with over 30 years of surf ministry experience.
Christian Surfers began around 1984 in Australia and is active in over 35 countries across the world.
Christian Surfers International was formed in 1999 to oversee, support and network national missions.
Formed in North Devon in 1990 and now has over 400 members across the UK
The National Director, who is based near Bristol, is Phil Williams who works along side a staff team who are, David Renyard, based in Cornwall, Johnny Hillman, based in South Wales and Daren Mountain, based in the South East. All CSUK staff are missionaries who raise their own financial support.
As the work of CSUK has expanded we have recently appointed a part-time, paid administrator.
We have over 30 key contacts around the UK from Thurso, on the North Coast of Scotland to St Ives in Cornwall.
We aim to give every surfer and every surfing community the opportunity to know and follow Jesus.
Christian Surfers UK are a group of passionate surfers who are also passionate Christians, and we see God’s signature written all over His Creation.
Our desire is to experience this amazing God for ourselves through spending time together and in relationship with His son Jesus Christ. Our aim is therefore a simple one: to tell other surfers that they too can have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
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.
We are Gospel-centred and have a living and active faith in Jesus the Christ. The Bible is our authority and calls us to make disciples of all nations baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Through prayer and the guidance and empowering of the Holy Spirit we seek to achieve our vision and mission
We are Servant-hearted and deliver ministry based on relationships of trust earned through humility, sacrifice and service. The empowering of others is our preferred operating model
We are People of Integrity and seek to live as authentic Christ followers, that are above reproach, striving for unity whilst celebrating our diversity. Seeking to create a real communitas (community on mission) that is innovative, international, inclusive and deeply relational. We value partnerships that place the kingdom agenda above our own
(Titus 2:11-12, James 4:17) (Gal 3:28)
We are Surfers. As such we desire to live life to the full, seeking out the adventurous, fun-loving, risk-taking innovators who would follow Jesus. We are mobilising surfers to reach surfers using their surfing. We keep our surfing submitted to Christ as a servant not a master. We would rather risk failure than irrelevance
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.