The job of an evangelist

Let’s get to the bottom line right away.  The primary job of an evangelist is to train people to evangelize (Eph 4:11-12).

You might want to blame the pastor if people are not doing evangelism. But it is the evangelist’s job to train others.

The pastor must champion and model evangelism but it is the job of the evangelist to be the spark plug. Ephesians 4:11-12 indicates that there are both Pastors and Evangelists in the church.  This is the only place in the Bible where we read about an evangelist’s job description.  It is clear that their role is to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry.”

The pastor is tasked with training people to shepherd other believers.  The evangelist’s job is to train people on how to evangelize.  The evangelist gets them to the front door.  The pastor cares for them once they are “in.”  The primary work of an evangelist is not to evangelize.  Rather, it is to train other people to evangelize.

We have colleges and seminaries to train pastors to do their job. But where does an evangelists train to be a trainer?  The IFCA International (http://www.ifca.org/)  is addressing this gap by providing the “Harvesters” equipping event.  If you wish to host an event for your area, contact Les at:   lofquist@ifca.org.

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