Applying to be a Town Pastor
Town Pastors work as part of a team alongside the police, doorstaff and emergency services, seeking to be a positive influence principally on the streets of the Bury St Edmunds town centre on Friday and Saturday nights from 10.00pm until approximately 4.00am.
Although Town Pastors are Christian volunteers from a variety of local churches and denominations, the role of a Town Pastor is not primarily evangelistic but rather about listening, caring and helping people. It is about showing concern and offering assistance where appropriate, in a non-judgmental and unconditional way.
For reasons of personal safety and to make the most effective use of the Town Pastors, they are monitored by CCTV in the town centre area and are in radio contact with the CCTV control room.
The police and local council support Town Pastors on the streets of Bury St Edmunds.
Training is an essential part of becoming a Town Pastor and the basic training package will cover:
- The values, role and responsibilities of a Town Pastor
- Drug and alcohol awareness
- Personal safety and conflict management
- Basic First Aid
This training will be delivered in training sessions on one Saturday 9.00am – 4.00pm, and four evenings. It is essential that would-be Town Pastors attend all sessions.
The next Town Pastor training course in Bury St Edmunds will begin on Saturday 13th October 2018.
To be considered for a place on the October Training Course, Town Pastor applications should arrive by Monday 1st October 2018.
Applications received after this date will be considered if places are still available on the Town Pastor training course.
Town Pastor Application Forms
If you would like to apply to be a Town Pastor, please download the notes about the role of a Town Pastor, the application form and the reference form.
Please fill in the application form and give a copy of the reference form to your two referees. These should be sent by post to the address indicated on the forms.
We look forward to receiving your application.