How to become a street pastor
To become a Street Pastor you must be able to satisfy the following criteria that are set in conjunction with the Ascension Trust.
- You are a Christian
- You have been in church membership for over 1 year
- You attend a local church regularly and are committed to serving it and are submitted to its leadership
- You are fully supported in prayer and supervision by their sponsoring church. Your church leader must endorse your application
- You are over 18 years old at time of application.
- You commit to attend all training sessions and to follow all set down Ascension trust good practice guidelines.
- You complete a DBS check.
- You commit to do a minimum of 12 shifts per annum
- You contribute £50 to the project annually to cover uniform and training costs.
- The sponsoring church makes a donation of £100 per street pastor per annum.
- You are available to work either Fridays or Saturdays.
- The hours of the shifts are 21.30 hrs to 04.00hrs
- You do not exceed 3 shifts per month.
- You commit to serving a minimum of 2 years as a Street Pastor
- You do not smoke or drink on duty or whilst wearing authorised Street Pastor uniforms.
- No racist, sexist, sectarian or homophobic behaviour will be tolerated. The foundation of Street Pastors is unconditional love of all, no matter what people’s background or orientation.
The most important characteristic of a Street Pastor is that they are a disciple of Jesus who wants to serve Him in order to serve others whilst bringing them into His presence.
- January - Publicise recruitment open
- February - Taster Evenings
- March - Interviews and Observer shifts
- April - Application Decision
- May/June - Training Programme
- July/August - Supervised shifts
- September - Commissioning
If you would like to know more about the application criteria and to submit an application then please follow the link below.
All applicants will need to undertake the following training programme prior to being licenced by the Ascension Trust to be a Street Pastor.
After completing the first four modules trainees will be required to undertake two supervised shifts prior to being commissioned as a fully fledged Street Pastor.
Knowing Your Community
Roles & Responsibilities
Drugs & Alcohol
Gospel & Street Pastors
Safeguarding / Mental Health / Listening Skills
Homelessness / Police / CCTV