Response Pastors – In preparation for the 2012 Olympics held in London, ‘More Than Gold’, a Christian ministry organisation working with LOCOG (London Organising Committee Olympic Games) were tasked with organising a Churches of the UK co-ordinated approach to having initiatives in support of many aspects of the London Olympics.
One of the initiatives that was created, ‘Games Pastors’, had a volunteer team of nearly 300 Games Pastors that deployed around London Transport Hubs and close to Olympic venues.
Games Pastors were recruited, trained and deployed by a team that was managed by Mike Freeman; MBE and Eustace Constance (both now at Ascension Trust). Around 60% of Games Pastors were already Street Pastors. The deployment of Games Pastors was a Christian Resource should a significant event occur during the Olympic Games period, they would emotionally support and assist, those attending the Games and any communities that may be affected.
After the Olympics, legacy was a key factor for everyone, Eustace & Mike considered this and it was decided to form ‘Response Pastors’, being a group of additionally trained Street Pastors, who could support survivors, those indirectly involved, members of the emergency responder services and communities affected should there be a disaster, crisis or major incident. Within months of being formed Response Pastors were deployed to a major incident and since have deployed in many places around the UK (see Response Pastors blog (link).