Where are the evangelists?

Where could you find some evangelists for your church?  They are probably right there in the pews.  But there are a couple ideas you must accept in order to make this happen.

1.     Churches Train Evangelists – Most of us would agree that God chose the local church to be the vehicle for accomplishing His business on this planet during this particular period of history. While a church may outsource training to Bible colleges, seminaries, or mission agencies, it is still the responsibility of local churches to ensure the training is adequate. And it doesn’t take an institution to train an evangelist.  Your church can do that.

2.     Evangelists Train Evangelists – One of the main responsibilities of evangelists is to train other evangelists. “And he gave… evangelists, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” Ephesians 4:11-12

One of the main responsibilities of any leader is to train other leaders. This is one job that a leader cannot delegate. Followers do not train leaders, leaders train leaders. A line item in every leader’s job description must be his role in training leaders.

The concept of “apprenticeships” is from a by-gone era. Yet that is the model for training exemplified in Jesus, Barnabas and Paul. A carpenter did not stop his work and move into a classroom to train carpenters. He simply brought them into his shop and let the sawdust fly.  Jesus “did” ministry with the disciples looking over his shoulder. Barnabas pulled Paul into the excitement of the work in Antioch. The Apostle Paul trained many men, but it was done “on the fly.” He grabbed Timothy, and then told him to fasten his seat belt and hang on tight! Timothy learned ministry on the battlefront.

The concept is simple… if you want more evangelists in your church:  TRAIN THEM.

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