In 2016, we gathered a small group of Christian DJs for brunch. We ate and talked, worshipped and prayed together, little realising that this was the inauspicious beginnings of a new Third Space Ministries venture. Representing a range of ages, backgrounds and places across the UK, this diverse group of Christians bonded over a common love for God and heart for the music industry. As they shared their stories, themes began to emerge: the challenges of the DJ lifestyle, the ready availability and constant temptation of drugs; the mirage of success and accolade; the isolation forged by ambition and unsocial hours; the prevalence of depression and mental ill health, and the disconnect with church. We also discussed how often people in the nightlife industries are searching for greater meaning and are hungry to discuss spiritual matters, regularly providing opportunities to share faith.
Since then, the group has grown both in number and in community strength. Meeting quarterly on the same inaugural basis of prayer and worship, we realised that God was connecting more dots than we first thought and opening more doors than we envisaged. Following His call, we journeyed to Ibiza together, initially to pray and then eventually to play and worship. We reached out to the ravers in London and supported a stage at a Christian festival in Bedford. Between us we discovered a real grace for love and community and genuine friendship and creative connection. The group is primarily facilitated through an online forum.
There is an ever increasing awareness of the stresses and strains of the music industry, particularly within the nightlife context. High profile tragedies and public confessions have prompted worldwide industry concern for the holistic well-being challenges generated by nocturnal lifestyles, isolation, financial uncertainty and an often troubled association with addictive coping mechanisms. In response, we’ve launched our “Soundcheck” initiative; a platform aimed at providing chaplaincy to the music industry and offering care, support, a listening ear and prayer. Visit us at soundcheck.org.uk to find out more.
DJ Unity Festival 08.05.20
The DJ Unity Virtual Festival was a fundraising event hosted by members of the DJ Unity community that streamed live on the 8th May 2020. You can watch the sets from the festival on the YouTube playlist below.
If you would like to make a donation to DJ Chaplaincy or Third Space Ministries in general you can do so by clicking on the links below. Funds will be used for chaplaincy to those in the entertainment industries – many of whom have lost their livelihoods due to COVID-19. https://www.give.net/thirdspacedjchap… https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/dona…