St. Paul Street Evangelization local chapters have different team positions as listed below. Each team ideally fills each of these positions with a different person, but new teams may only have a few leaders at first.
The Team Director is responsible for the overall leadership of the local SPSE team. It is his responsibility to recruit team leaders and other Catholics who would like to get involved with the apostolate. At first, the Team Director may find one or two other people who are willing to help out but may end up doing the bulk of coordination. This is a fine way to start but the Director should always be looking to fill the other leadership positions with capable Catholics. The team director must:
- Take the SPSE Certification Courses and complete ongoing monthly training modules. This may be done at one’s own pace and all current Team Directors will be given a 2 month window to complete the first series of certifications. New leaders will need to complete certification before the can evangelize as an official SPSE team.
- Make a profession of faith and take the Oath of Fidelity as defined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for those assuming an office to be exercised in the name of the Church: http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdfoath.htm
- Fill leadership positions with capable Catholics.
- Order signs, pamphlets, Rosaries, and other materials necessary to start the local SPSE team.
- Check the local team website for accuracy and make sure the get-involved form is working properly.
- Eventually it would be good to make contact with the Diocese Office of Evangelization, let them know that you are operating in the diocese and what steps are being taking to be a Faithful witness of the Catholic Church. See if they would like to meet to discuss it further. (Permission is not required to run the lay apostolate, but it is always nice to let them know what the local team is doing and what steps are being taken to assure that there are no problems.)
A station leader is responsible for leading the team out on the street. All evangelization activities in public by a SPSE local team must have a Station Leader or Team Director present at all times. Many teams will have several stations set up in various locations on any given day. Each one of these stations must have a Station Leader present or nearby. Station Leaders must:
- Take the SPSE Certification Courses and complete ongoing monthly training modules.
- Make a profession of faith and take the Oath of Fidelity.
- Keep track of materials for his station and restock when necessary.
- Be responsible for his team when they are out in public, making sure no laws are being broken and the Faith is being represented with fidelity and Charity.
SPSE Certified Evangelist
A SPSE CertifiedEvangelist is a Catholic who would like to get involved with a local team and share the Faith with others but who does not want to take on the responsibility of being a Station Leader. A SPSE Evangelist must:
- Take at least the first two SPSE training modules and receive certification. Ongoing monthly training is not required. A yearly review will be necessary to keep your certification current.
- Make a profession of faith and take the Oath of Fidelity.
An Evangelist is a faithful Catholic who has not taken any certification courses but wishes to participate with the apostolate by sharing the Faith on the streets anyway. An Evangelist must agree to the SPSE Code of Conduct and Membership Agreement and evangelize with SPSE only when a Team Leader or Certified Evangelist is nearby.
Community Relations Coordinator
This person is responsible with reaching out to local churches, the community, and the media. Some examples would be:
- Contacting Parishes to get inserts placed in the bulletin or to speak after a Mass or event or set up a table in the vestibule after Mass. Get a sign. Have interested Catholics write their name, email, and phone number on a sign up sheet for further information.
- Contacting the local Catholic radio stations to get them to do interviews with local team members and play the Public Service Announcements.
- Organize Fundraising events such as potluck dinners.
- Keep an eye on the community calendar for evangelization opportunities: a parade, a public fair, farmers market, sporting event, a pro-life conference
- Keep an eye for Catholic events occurring in the diocese and request a table
The Communications Coordinator is responsible for keeping everyone in the local team informed of upcoming events and outings. The coordinator should:
- Maintain a list of evangelists and other contacts
- Contact by telephone or email all evangelists in advance of outings and get commitments from people for going out
- Find out what day would work best one does not work for them
- Maintain a schedule of who is going out for different events
- Follows up on leads that received through the website email, sign up sheets, or other contacts made at booths or events arranged by the SPSE Community Relations Coordinator.
Prayer Outreach Coordinator
It is the job of the Prayer Outreach Coordinator to contact all the local religious communities and ask them to pray for our apostolate and our activities, locally and on the national level, so that God will make grow the seeds that we plant and bring about many reversions and conversions to the Catholic Faith.
SPSE Prayer Warrior
A SPSE Prayer Warrior is someone who wants to join us on the streets but only feels called praying while out there rather than engaging in active conversations. A prayer warrior may also be someone who dedicates a certain amount of prayer and sacrifice for the intention of the team’s successful activities. These are very important team members and they should be sought out and recruited heavily. No training is necessary for this position.
Each team should try to find a trusted priest that would act as their spiritual advisor. The team should meet with him on occasion for direction and support for their local activities.