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02 July 2009

Mike Pilavachi

Mike Pilavachi is the co-founder and leader of Soul Survivor based in Watford. He is also the Pastor of the Soul Survivor Watford church, led Soul in the City London 2004 and helped found the nationwide Hope 08 project. He is the author of many books including the recent Storylines with Andy Croft.

Here is a taster from Mike's interview:

What would you tell current leaders to do in order to help invest in young people and raise up next generation leaders?

First of all, I won't pretend I'm any good at it - I don't think I am. What I have been from the beginning is passionate about it. When my vicar asked me to be youth worker at the church, I left the vicarage, I went to Chorleywood Common, I sat on a log, and the prayer I prayed was: Lord, I ask that when I'm old and grey and sitting in my rocking chair, there'd be men and women serving you in lots of different places, and I would have the joy of knowing you let me play a little part in that. And that's what I know…that I've been for from the beginning. I don't do it very well, but what I try and do is spot them. I try to spot people who've got the heart. Of course there needs to be some gifting, but they've got to have heart, humility, a passion for Jesus, integrity. Those are not things that you easily build in if they're not there - they have to be there already. And they don't have to be perfect. They just have to want to serve Jesus…Whether it's worship leaders, or people for leadership, teaching, preaching, evangelism - the main thing is to give them space and to trust them...I think with young people, it's being committed not for three days but for three years, and more than three years…