How to Identify the Evangelist in Your Church

Is there someone in your church whom you think might be an evangelist? Do you wonder if you may be one? Here’s a simple way to evaluate a person’s affinity for evangelism. Mark each one that UNDOUBTEDLY describes them. Choose quickly. The person…

1. Consistently talks about witnessing to others

2. Enjoys helping others in the community

3. Finds it easy to meet and speak with others

4. Accepts calculated risks

5. Knows his neighbors 6. Learns by doing

7. Can fail without lasting loss of confidence

8. Treats work/neighborhood as a mission field

9. Has an interest in the church doing some community service

10. Regularly requests prayer for lost persons

11. Tries new things and adapts to change fairly easily

12. Needs a little help in organization

13. Has unsaved friends with whom he/she does things

14. Encourages others in evangelism, relating, etc.

15. Often “shadows” the pastor and peppers him with questions

16. Prefers ministry outside the church rather than in church programs 17. Sometimes gets frustrated with church meetings or internal focus

18. Reads secular materials

19. Teaches or is willing to learn to teach

20. Is proactive in greeting visitors

In my experience, the following traits have always marked those whom I consider an evangelist in the churches that I led: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 19, 20. These are just my opinions so be sure to think through the observations carefully.

Once you have identified an evangelist, enable him/her to carve out a working relationship with the pastor to mentor the evangelist in theology and ministry; help him/her to reach out, train, and motivate others to reach out and to encourage outreach.




Blog written by:  Rick Oglesby

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