Recommended best practice for U.K. street evangelism

Some U.K. churches erroneously believe it is against the law to preach the gospel in the streets. Please do your own research too. We all need to understand the law concerning street evangelism.

What is against the law is hate preaching. We do not condone, encourage, advocate or support hate preaching. Jesus is love.

From my experience of street evangelism with a microphone and an amplifier, I have always found the police to be really nice.

Guidelines when preaching in the streets:

  • avoid targeting religious groups or homosexuality. If someone takes offence or feels offended by your words (against their faith or sexuality) the law will take into account their grievances. Religious tolerance is part of the UK way of life and culture, including the tolerance of Christian religious values.

  • avoid preaching anything that is hateful. Christianity is love. Christ preached with wisdom, knowing some wanted to set legal traps for him. We too need to be wise so that we don't fall into traps or break the law. We respect the law and abide by it.

  • avoid obstructing public spaces or hindering people from freely moving about.

  • avoid creating litter. Some people may dispose of your tracts. So, be mindful not to leave the public space in a mess. If need be, clear up after (picking up our tracts dropped by the public).

  • take on onboard any public compliant as to noise pollution.

  • always corporate with the law (police officers). They genuinely want to keep the public safe and to avoid any public unrest. We work with them and not against them. If they ask you to leave, please comply. Try to find out the reason so that we can learn from it.

  • do not argue with anybody. Simply share the Good News of Jesus Christ - The Messiah, Our Redeemer, The Saviour, The Son of God. Avoid any form of confrontation.

Street evangelism etiquette:

  • we do not judge or condemn others. Most people already feel condemned by religion. Instead, be led by The Holy Spirit in your preaching.

  • avoid ranting your own opinions. All words, as much as possible, ought to be biblically rooted and supported by scripture. Of course, paraphrase in order to help others to connect with the Word given to you by The Holy Spirit.

  • ask the person you want to pray with directly for their permission first before praying for them.

  • avoid laying on of hands onto anyone for prayers unless they have given you permission (always ask first). If you are to lay hands on to someone to pray for them (if consent is given by the recipient), have a witness present. And I'd advise just to place your hand on their shoulders only.

  • pray and read scriptures (Holy Bible) daily and ask God to help you to understand. You can only give what you have received.

  • we are not out preaching to promote any particular church or church leader. We preach to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ (The Good News). However, if you know of reputable local churches in your vicinity and someone asks you to recommend a church, then point them to that local church. Additionally, where possible, partner with God-fearing Christian churches to support their evangelism programme.

  • we are not preaching to collect money or to take gifts. With gentleness, refuse the acceptance of any money or gifts offered to you. Instead, encourage the giver to donate it to a reputable Christian charity.

Qualifications:

  • You do not need any qualifications to evangelise. 

  • You do not need any formal training to evangelise.

  • You do not need to be a pastor or be ordained by a church to evangelise.

  • You do not need to wait for others to evangelise before you can do it.

You only need The Holy Spirit and a passion to see souls saved. Let God use you and He will do the rest.

Disclaimer:

I am not an expert in U.K. law. I am only sharing my experiences thus far. As such, I encourage you to do your own research too.