Next week at the annual convention of the IFCA International, we are launching the first Harvesters event. The focus of this track is to help equip “lay people” in the local church to be local church evangelists.
The role of a pastor is, well… to pastor. That means they are not necessarily focused on evangelism. Instead, God has given evangelists to the local church (Ephesians 4:11-12) to be the point man for outreach. Pastors watch the back door while evangelists open the front door. In recent history, the role of an evangelist has been to travel from church to church holding “revival” meetings. But what about the remaining 51 weeks of the year? That is why there needs to be a local church evanagelist who stays in one spot to do exactly what Ephesians 4 says to do: “equip the saints to do the work of the ministry.”
There are a lot of pastor training programs in colleges and seminaries. But we do little to train and equip evangelists in the local church. Harvesters is seeking to correct this.