ESTABLISHED IN ANTIGUA 2006
WHAT ARE STREET PASTORS ?
Street Pastors is an interdenominational Christian programme aimed at reducing crime, rehabilitating criminals and those on the edge of society and fostering stronger, better balanced communities especially in traditionally ‘tough’ and depressed areas.
It operates as a partnership with the Police and Government, forming an ‘Urban Trinity’ of Church, Police, and Government working together to heal the ills at the heart of society. The Church has thousands of members that could be harnessed and challenged to bring positive changes to the community. As the church goes out it is able to help, encourage and challenge more people in their personal development.
Government has the resources to help the vulnerable in society. The police are not only here to arrest people but they also work to prevent crime and they are involved in the Street Pastors training giving advice on protocols and safety. The Urban Trinity is about working together for the betterment of the community.
WHAT DO STREET PASTORS DO ?
Street Pastors go out on Friday and Saturday nights. Teams of between four and six Street Pastors are out on the streets between 10:00 pm and 2:00 am visiting those areas where we know people will be.
With more trained Street Pastors additional areas could be visited and key locations visited more frequently.
Once out on the street, Street Pastors interact with whoever they meet – exchanging a friendly word or getting into a deeper conversation. The Street Pastor is there to get to know people in the community and to build relationships in order to find out their needs and what can be done to help them.
Someone may want prayer because they are trapped in prostitution.
Someone may be given help to get home safely.
A person who is addicted to alcohol or drugs may be set on the road to recovery by a referral to Crossroads
A person who is angry and aggressive may be calmed down by a combination of gentle talking through and resolving of their problems and silently offered prayer. A homeless person may be given some food and a drink and we are grateful to Subway for the support that they give us with this.
The role of a Street Pastor is not about preaching heaven and hell, but one of caring, listening and helping—working in an unconditional way.
Street Pastors also have an office in Nevis Street from where the work is coordinated. It is the base for the night work.
The office is open 8.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Wednesday and from 8.00 am to noon on a Friday
The office also acts as a drop in point for those who have been contacted on a
Friday night to come in and have their problems talked through and solutions sought.
Alcoholism / drug addiction
Family matters / feuds
Problems with the law
Teenage / youth problems.
Street Pastors began in London in 2003 and is now in over a hundred locations throughout Great Britain with over 2,000 Street Pastors. It began in Antigua in February 2006.
There have been inquiries from various other countries around the world but in particular our vision is to have Street Pastors throughout the Caribbean.
WHO CAN BECOME A STREET PASTOR?
A Street Pastor can be any Christian who
• is over the age of 18
• has been a member of a Church for at least a year
• has a concern for society and young people
• is willing to engage with people where they are on the streets
• is willing to give their time and energy to build bridges between the Church and society
Street Pastors are not there to ‘Push’ the gospel or to ‘Bible Bash’ but are always ready to share the faith that they have while sharing God’s love in real, practical ways.
Anyone who wants to become a Street Pastor must complete a training course which takes place at the office and consists of six evening sessions and an additional evening per month for the first year.
The commitment of men is central to the success of the Street Pastors Initiative, given the lack of positive male role models and mentors for young men from an early age.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE WORK ?
1. Prayerfully consider becoming a Street Pastor
2. Become a prayer supporter,
3. Make a financial contribution either as a monthly sponsor or a one off donation.
Please contact the office for details of how to do this.
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda
State Insurance Corporation
Subway Eat fresh.
STREET PASTORS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR PEOPLE.