Whose job is this?

Let’s get to the bottom line right away.  The primary job of an evangelist is to train people to evangelize.

“And he gave… evangelists…  to equip the saints for the work of ministry”   (Ephesians 4:11-12)

We might want to blame the pastor if people are not doing evangelism. But according to this passage of scripture, 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 be a trainer.

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.

You may not see yourself in an official capacity as an evangelist.  But don’t let the “professional” model of ministry twist your thinking.  Evangelists can be someone just like you… sitting in the pew… never been to Bible College…  but involved with lost people.  Maybe you are the key to evangelism in your church.

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