Let’s get to the bottom line right away. 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 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. According to this passage, the primary work of an evangelist is training. It is their job to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry.”
The Pastor is tasked with training people how to shepherd other believers. The evangelist’s job is to train people on how to evangelize. The evangelists 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 on how to do their job. But where does an evangelists train to be a trainer? IFCA International is addressing this gap by providing the “Harvesters” equipping event at the convention this summer. You may not see yourself in an official capacity as an evangelist. But don’t let the “professional” model twist your thinking. Evangelists can be someone just like you… Sitting in the pew… but involved with lost people. You are the kind of person that should come to the Harvesters training this summer. Your role is to inspire and instruct others on how to do what you are gifted to do.
But how do you do that?
Come to the IFCA Annual Convention this summer and you’ll find out.