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.
Most churches will not or cannot employ a full time evangelist. But there is another approach. There is probably an evangelist already sitting in the pews of the church. It is merely a matter of recognizing that person and giving some training. That is the purpose of Harvesters. If you are interested in sponsoring a Harvesters workshop for churches in your area, contact Paul Seger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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