Street Preaching Distinctives


Nice & Simple 
After much consideration in prayer and Bible reading I go to the city and I find a corner where there are people. I bring some Gospels of John to hand out. I then begin preaching, usually with an amp. My introduction is brief and then I get into the main facts about the Gospel. My aim is to preach the Word of God so that it fills around 90% of the speech that comes from my mouth. This is accomplished by either reading directly from the Word of God, or more frequently by Scripture memorization I am able to utter the oracles of God. The majority of these Scriptures are salvific. This is nothing less than proclaiming the truth like a herald of old. I have a message from the King!

Less is Better
When I am not preaching alone I like to work with just two, or at the most, three people on a corner. I have listed five main reasons below:
1. The Bible indicates smaller groups as the norm – i.e. Peter & John, Philip the Evangelist, Paul & Barnabus, Paul & Silas, Paul, Silas & Timothy
2. Smaller teams are easier to manage
3. Smaller teams are less likely to be challenged by authorities
4. Smaller teams can obtain more coverage with the Gospel
5. Small teams can maneuver easily and quickly

Disciplined in Content
Although it is my aim to share the whole counsel of God I focus on these main scriptural themes
1. Separation from our creator (God) through Adam’s sin
2. The consequences for that separation
3. Jesus Christ is God
4. The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ
5. Repentance, Faith, and Regeneration

In contrast I avoid long stories, pet peeves, gimmicks, and other things that although may be interesting, are of no eternal value for the hearer. Any testimonies or practical analogies are kept to a minimum. It is my opinion that a long-winded preacher not sticking to the main thing is either a novice with very little experience, or someone who has another agenda than that of a Biblical evangelist.

Manner of Spirit

Jesus Style
Jesus Christ should affect the way we carry ourselves out on the street by our humility, demeanor, body language, and remembering to have a good countenance. This can only be accomplished through the Holy Spirit. We dress appropriate, not drawing attention to ourselves. As ambassadors we have the ministry of reconciliation and we represent the King by our lifestyle as well. We are committed to personal holiness and discipleship through the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work in us. We believe in optimizing our effectiveness by preparation through prayer and fasting and being consumed by God’s Word. 2 Cr 5:20 Luke 9:54-56 1 Cr 13:1-3 2 Tim 2:19-21 Phil 4:5

It is my aim to preach the Gospel with boldness, yet with humility; authoritatively, yet with compassion; with truth in love; so that in all ways I may please Him who enlisted me as a soldier. There is much to consider in the tone of one’s voice, our facial countenance, and our passionate convictions.

“Shock & Awe”
I do not believe or practice “Shock & Awe Preaching” This is a method used by open air preachers, which is essentially when a preacher starts off his or her open-air message with statements that are purposely designed to cause people to become offended and/or angry. The preacher can also purposely use signs such as  “God hates fags” or scriptures used out of context to purposely cause  people to be angry and thereby giving the preacher their attention, although  negatively. The intention of these offensive and often abrasive statements are  to provoke the unbelievers to heckle the preacher, which in turn draws a crowd.  This is not just preaching against sin or preaching about Judgment Day and Hell. It is purposely saying hurtful, angry, overly controversial, or wild statements in order to stop people, because they are genuinely offended at what they are hearing. Proponents of Shock and Awe preaching say that it will cause people to listen to the gospel. However, this is an inappropriate way to gain a large crowd to hear the gospel, because it purposely offends the listeners and hardens their heart towards the preacher, and in turn, the message. Also, it “provokes people to wrath” Eph. 6:4, which is to provoke someone to sin. A Christian should not be guilty of this. This type of preaching causes the crowd to not want to hear the message due to their dislike of the preacher himself, not because of the controversial nature of the gospel message.  Persecution is good, if it is a result of the biblical gospel being preached, but not if it is because we, ourselves, have offended people. “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.” 1 Pet. 3:17 Preaching should be done in biblical truth and filled with compassion.

Dealing With Opposition

Go in faith expecting favor with police and other authorities. If hindered move to a different place. I am out there to share the Gospel not to make a stand for my rights. (although I am thankful for others who have)

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:14-21

For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”, who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 1 Pet 2:21-23

If a wise man contends with a foolish man, Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. Proverbs 29:9

“He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. ​​Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Proverbs 9:7-8

A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. Proverbs 15:1-2

Some Other Scriptures: Matt 5:11-12, Proverbs 17:27-28, Proverbs 18:6, Proverbs 21:3

Why I Preach

1 Cor. 9:16-17 As children of God I  desire my motives to be pure. Because of our fallen nature, self analysis and examination  is skewed as we are contaminated with sin. Our conscious must be clear but even  this is not one hundred percent accurate 1 Cor 4:3-5 Under the  guidance of the Holy Spirit we check ourselves, therefore I preach primarily because  it glorifies God 2 Cor. 3:7-13, out of my love for God John  14:21, and to be obedient to the call Mark 16:15, out of  sincerity Phil. 1:12-18. Secondly, to see souls saved. Prov.  11:30 Acts 13:48 1 Tim. 2:4 2 Peter 3:9

What I Preach

Overview John 4:37 The speaker’s presentation on the street is to be  different than that of preaching to an assembled audience such as a church, tent,  stadium, etc. First of all, the street preacher is not invited to speak to his  audience and they may be hostile. In most cases the people move by at a rapid  rate. They may hear only between 10 – 30 seconds unless they stop and listen. I concentrate on telling people why we need salvation and how to be saved. My  street style is primarily proclamation which is “planting seeds”. I do not  have the luxury of getting long winded on subjects, however important, that are  not pertinent to the Gospel message. I look for guidance from the Holy Spirit  when sharing personal testimonies, analogies & object lessons. I stay away  from politics, personalities, pet  peeves, where did dinosaurs come from? Etc.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ Col  1:18. The person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the centrality of  eternal life and the Christian faith. Therefore I preach about Him using the  following topics; creation, the fall of man, separation from God, the nature  and character of God, purpose of the law, eternal punishment, virgin birth, the  death, burial, and the bodily resurrection of Christ, repentance and faith toward  God, what saving faith is, salvation by grace, hope for the believer, and alike.

Christ Crucified 1 Cor 2:2 Therefore I preach to glorify Jesus Christ  by preaching on the cross often – the arrest, trial, condemnation, crucifixion,  burial, and resurrection of Christ. Since the law and the prophets were until  John the Baptist Luke 16:16 I aim to preach within the new covenant,  using Jesus, Philip the Evangelist, and the apostles as my examples. Although  the Old Testament is the inspired Word of God, I do not emulate the Old  Testament prophets. For example; Isaiah walked around naked Isaiah 20:2-4 I don’t do that. Even though we must preach and teach on the sinfulness of  man, judgment and hell, I concentrate on God’s grace and forgiveness as we  preach the gospel of grace Acts 20:24.

The Message of the Kingdom Acts 8:12 My preaching  will also cover the following; You must be born again to enter the kingdom of  God John 3:1-7, you must receive and be converted as little children Matt  18:3, the kingdom of God is within you Luke 17:21, The literal  kingdom at Christ’s second coming Isaiah 9:6-7 Daniel 2:44 Matt 25:31-46 Luke  1:32 Rev 20:4-6.

The Word of God Romans 10:17 and Psalm 138:2. Therefore I speak  the Word of God either by verse memorization or by reading from the Holy  Scriptures themselves. Whenever possible I preach expository from a text that  would be fitting for salvation.

How I Preach

Ambassadors for Christ 2 Cor. 5:20 As ambassadors we have the ministry of reconciliation  and we represent the King by our lifestyle as well. I am committed to personal holiness and  discipleship through the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work. I believe in  optimizing my effectiveness by preparation through prayer and fasting and also  being consumed by God’s Word. Jesus Christ should affect the way we carry  ourselves out on the street by our humility, demeanor, body language,  remembering to have a good countenance. This can only be accomplished through  the Holy Spirit. I dress appropriate, not drawing attention to myself.  Patience and self control are very useful out in the streets.

Methodology 1 Cor. 1:21. I  do not believe in the modern method of music, secular entertainment, or  gimmicks to bring forth the message of the Gospel. Scripture points us to the  spoken word. The Lord Himself, and the apostles, proclaimed the Gospel both in  public and personal witness using spoken, forthright, factual communication. I  believe and therefore are committed to trusting the Lord for people’s salvation  as the Holy Spirit works through God’s chosen method of preaching for getting  out His message. Mark 16:20 Acts 8:4 2 Tim. 2:4 Titus 1:3 1 Pet. 1:25

Tactical Strategy Mark  1:38 I want to be consistent but flexible as to where I go; what city,  what section of that city, what corner. Street preaching is best suited for  large downtown metropolitan areas. Whenever possible I use electronic  amplification to project my voice. When it is not possible, I lift my voice  loud enough for people to hear the


I Cor.12:4-6. I realize that not everyone agrees with this type of  ministry or with my ideas about evangelism. The evangelist is a gift from  Christ Eph 4:11 and street preaching is a calling from God, so I can’t really  teach it. I wrote this paper so that you may see what is distinct about my  particular ministry that God has called me to.


  1. God bless you brother Larry and team, My wife and I used to join a brother in Eastbourne England every Saturday morning. His preaching would sometimes turn into shouting matches with buskers or offenders. so after about 8 months I felt the Lord wanted me to come away for a while. I liked the sign you were standing by in the photo from Haight-Ashbury ” It is a relationship with Jesus, Not religion” We are to lift up His name and not our own. I was at the Lord’s Land in 1981 made a bus trip down to SF for the day. Remembered a man preaching at the cable car turn around dressed in Levis jeans and jacket preaching. For some reason I think this looked like a younger version of yourself. Anyway God bless you and yours my brother. In Jesus, Rick Meadows


  2. Thanks Rick for the comments and encouragement. I have never been to the Lord’s Land but maybe in the near future.
    Best regards in Christ


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