THE TASKS OF THE EVANGELIST
1) The main work of the evangelist is:
- to tell about Jesus (who He is and what He did);
- to call people to repent of their sins;
- to urge them to believe in Christ;
- to tell them that receiving Christ is the only way to have relationship with God.
Most true evangelists will feel a burden for the spiritual darkness that blinds the men and women around them, for those who are lost and going to hell without Christ. Evangelists may not be satisfied with just attending church. They will have a strong desire for God to use them to rescue people from darkness now, and from an eternity in hell, which is reserved for those who reject Christ (Gal 1:4; Col 1:13; 1Thess 1:10).
Evangelists will feel compelled to pray and intercede for lost people (they may be of the same nationality, or from another part of the world). They will also have strong desires to go to these people to tell them the truth so that they may be saved. Others may try to discourage them from going, fearful of the danger or other challenges. But evangelists will go anyway, because they know that God has spoken to them and they must obey. These are among the marks of those with an evangelist’s calling.
An evangelist must learn to be effective in calling people to receive Jesus and helping them make a lifelong commitment to following Christ. He or she must learn how to extend God’s invitation to lost men and women to receive forgiveness. They must also learn to lead them in prayer to confess their sins and ask Christ to be Lord of their lives.
2) An evangelist trains other evangelists. Many evangelists become very effective in their ministries. However, they fail to pass on their knowledge, skills and experience to others. An evangelist can bring thousands, even tens of thousands, to Christ. But evangelists have not completely fulfilled their mission if they do not become trainers of new evangelists.
God’s plan is always that His leaders (which include evangelists, pastors, teachers and others) should train others and raise them up to carry on the Lord’s work (Eph 4:11,12; 2Tim 2:2). In this way the work of ministry is multiplied to every generation.
If you are an evangelist, who are you raising up in leadership for evangelism? Who will follow you in the work? Paul wrote to Timothy: “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2Tim 2:2). Each leader ought to teach the next generation, and pass their wisdom and experience on to others. These trained men or women should then train still others as evangelists, too.
Your experience is very valuable to younger men and women. Your guidance, understanding and training can help them avoid many mistakes and problems. Invest time in the evangelists whom God brings to you to be trained by you. Take them with you on your mission trips. Give them lessons in evangelism. Teach them from the Bible. Train them how to do evangelistic ministry. In this way the Kingdom of God grows!