Serving People Where They Are
Street Pastors have intervened in disputes, suicide attempts and murder while providing help, care and a listening ear in communities.
Who Is A Street Pastor?
Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue. Street Pastors Jamaica has been serving the Half-Way-Tree community since January 2014. Our Street Pastors are on patrol every Friday night from 8pm to 12 midnight.
We aim to serve urban communities in Kingston and across Jamaica through the demonstration of the love and compassion of Christ in ways that are proactive and practical, primarily on the ‘street corners’ (highways & byways). Started in the United Kingdom, Street Pastors has had much success in transforming the landscape of their towns and communities. Street Pastors UK
A Street Pastor is a Church leader/minister or member with a concern for society – in particular young people who 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 street corner, in the bars 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 them and the Street Pastors.
As the Street Pastor gets to know people in the community he/she will find out their needs are 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. The role is not about preaching heaven and hell, but one of listening, caring and helping – working in an unconditional way