A Street Pastor is a Church leader/minister or member with a concern for society – in particular young people who may feel themselves to be excluded and marginalised – and who is willing to engage people where they are, in terms of their thinking (i.e. their perspective of life) and location (i.e. where they hang out – be it on the streets, in the pubs and clubs or at parties etc).
Street Pastors will also be willing to work with fellow activists, church and community leaders, and with agencies and projects, both statutory and voluntary, to look at collaborative ways of working on issues affecting youth, and initiatives that will build trust between Street Pastors and Communities.
As the Street Pastor gets to know people in the community they find out their needs and what can be done to help. A presence of Street Pastors will earn credibility in the community, so that people know that the Church is there for them in a practical way meeting them where they are. The role is not about preaching heaven and hell, but one of listening, caring and helping – working in an unconditional way.
To be a Street Pastor you need to be over 18 (no upper age limit), a church member and able to commit to our training programme.
Stamford Street Pastors are requested normally to perform duty of a minimum of one night a month, usually from 9:30pm to around 3:30am.