STREET PASTORS/CHICAGO INITIATIVE

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RESPONSE PASTORS - When a disaster or crisis occurs it often affects all parts of a community and there is usually a need for emotional, spiritual, as well as physical support.

Response pastors can be called upon any day or night to support and assist where appropriate. A response pastor is a crucial point of contact and an additional support to the established emergency services.

Their primary task is to offer prayer.support, clergical presence, and the compassion of Christ to all in the event of a crisis or emergency, this may be outside emergency at an incident or specifically to assist survivors, witnesses or family members affected by the event.

After training a local Response Pastors team will be established within a community to be called upon if required. 

 

STREET PASTORS - 

Street pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community.

They patrol in teams of men and women, usually from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on a Friday and Saturday night, to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.

 

A street pastor is someone who is…

  • a Christian and is part of a local church;
  • concerned for society and their local community;
  • willing to engage with people, whatever their perspective on life and wherever they hang out;
  • happy to work in a team and in collaboration with other agencies and projects, both statutory and voluntary.

 

SCHOOL PASTORS - 

School and college pastors are volunteers who commit themselves to the service of young people in their community, offering a reassuring and friendly presence to students who may not feel able to speak openly to teachers or parents.

In partnership with schools, colleges and other local agencies, they also work to enhance the safety and emotional and social well-being of students through caring, listening and helping.