What is an Evangelist
Evangelist is a word found in the New Testament Bible. It is one of the five gifts given to the Church to prepare them for the service of God. The KJV in Eph.4:2 gives their assignment, "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ".
The other graces or gifts listed in Ephesians are; apostles, prophets, pastors and teachers, each having a part in bringing the christian into his divine ability and thereby giving strength and encouragement to the body of Christ.
The word in general means, bringing good news, from the Greek word "euaggelion" which is from "eu" meaning good, well, and aggello, to proclaim or to tell. Thus we get the word evangelist from the Greek euaggelistes.
This term is generally used for one who does not have a particular location but travels from place to place in an effort to bring the good news.
We see the concept first given attention in Genesis 3:15 and which we refer to as proto-evangilion, where the sovereign God, wanting to unveil the intended Gospel, which would remain a mystery until the Christ, gave to Adam a hint of what was in store for the New Testament believer.
Just as one doesn't make himself a prophet or an apostle, similarly one doesn't make him or herself an evangelist: this is a grace that given by the Holy Spirit.
These are some of the readily recognizable advantages and requirements for one in the church who has been given that title.
- To be an Evangelist is a God given privilege and an honor;
- This was not a privilege afforded by works
- You did not give to be assigned this privilege
- It is a God ordained calling.
To be an Evangelist is a grace
- It is a divine favor of God
- It is not by the will of man
3 It is a calling to serve with an inheritance in God (Ep.1:18).
4 Serving as an Evangelist gives you the right to make request from God and he is obligated to answer.
5 Not serving as you have been called to serve shows rebellion and negates the favor that this grace allows.
6 Evangelist must realize that plans don’t accomplish work, neither does a goal charts on wall, but it is they themselves, who get things done.
7 Evangelist must be submitted to the Holy Spirit and to the leadership God has assigned them to serve.
· To the by laws of the Assembly to which God has assigned them.
· To follow protocol
· To make sure what’s required of them is clearly defined.
· To be committed to their assignment.
· To be consistent.
8 Evangelist must be conscious of the fact that their attitude on how they conduct themselves, affect the whole Assembly.
9 Evangelist should always endeavor to be an effective leadership.
10 There is no small or great Evangelist pursuant to the fact that you are doing what God has apportioned for your fulfillment.
11 Evangelist is expected to convey purity of motives, especially in the Assembly of God.
12 Evangelist should show no visible resistance to a fellow evangelist in a church setting as he speaks during the preaching of the word but they should respectfully listen.
13 Evangelist are expected to come to Church gatherings regardless of the speaker and to be absent shows the lack of growth and of not taking responsibility for the people they are called to serve.
14 Evangelist should have a passion for souls.
15 The job of an Evangelist is not to “catch the fish that’s already been caught’, for then that is called ‘redundancy’.
16 Each Evangelist should set up a “lead system” of intended catches for the Church was added to daily.
17 A dedicated Evangelist searches out a territory in which he intends to fish, they examined, appraise and then by wisdom of God proceed with prayer in the evangelizing of souls for the kingdom.
18 It is the duty of the Evangelist, not a “feeling” to be present for assigned meetings of their particular home ministries.
19 It is the duty of the Evangelist to commit to prayer and to have an ongoing relationship with the Holy Spirit so that they will be in step with leadership.
20 An Evangelist that does not pray is likened onto a blind-folded bus driver with a bus loaded with invalids on their way to Church.
21 In case of pulpit ministry, the assigned evangelist serving as an Altar Worker, should wait until the Laity is ministered unto first, and then the Evangelist may seek to be ministered to if needed.
22 The Evangelist who work the altar are like policemen with altar authority and should place the people who has come to be ministered unto in there designated places.
23 Evangelist should not allow “traffic-jam” at the altar;
· It is disrespecting the Holy Spirit
· It is a sign of disorder to the speaker
· It is fertile soil for people to get hurt.
24 Traffic-jams or “back-up” shows a lack of communication within the altar workers.
25 The purpose of an Evangelist/Altar Worker’s meeting is to;
· Answer pertinent questions concerning the altar format,
· Train Evangelist on how to catch individuals that has been ministered to
· Train on pulpit etiquette
· Training on praying for individuals with different maladies.
· To impress loyalty and commitment values, etc.
26 The life of an Evangelist starts with prayer and should end with prayer, for prayer is the mile-stone of a successful Evangelist.
27 Evangelists are church leaders and should present themselves as such.
28 Evangelist is called to a team and therefore team players.
29 Evangelist should submit ideas for the continued success of the ministry which will turn over into their own successful life.
30 Directors of Evangelist should submit weekly reports to the Elder over their departments so that they will have pertinent information as they in turn make their reports.
31 For those Evangelist who have been assigned specific detail, they should not let their authority exceed their responsibility.
32 Stay within what was assigned you and do it with Excellency.
33 The Evangelist that believes that he or she is above called meeting because they have a problem with the meeting then become a problem to the whole team and hinders the team’s progression.
34 Evangelist should develop a “Brothers Keeper Connection” whereby they keep in touch, interceding for each other as is needed.
35 Evangelists should have a correct attitude while serving on the altar: not talking, cracking jokes.
36 Evangelist serving as altar workers should pay close attention to the altar as if the Lord Jesus was present in the flesh.
37 One of the main reason for Evangelist remaining in the sanctuary after service should be to service the altar; to intercede, to pray for those in need, to keep order in the sanctuary.
38 Evangelist should be committed to true service to the Lord, their church and family.
39 An evangelist recognizes that they are co-laborers with the Holy Spirit; His ears, arms and His feet.
40 An evangelist should excel to be the will, mind and emotion of the Holy Spirit
Portions of this text are meant for an individual assembly and not assemblies in general. Reason being, deacons nay be used to perform certain altar duties which leaves the evangelist free to concentrate on praying and ministering the word.
But the evangelist be knowledgeable and continually familiarize him or herself with practices on the altar so that the altar experience will be satisfying and acceptable for the individually needing prayer.