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!
There is a man in Europe who is a busy pastor and evangelist. He has a large church of thousands of people. Yet he spends an entire day each week with 12 people he is training for the Gospel ministry. He spends hours talking, teaching, advising, listening and praying with them. He assigns them work helping and ministering, as he teaches them. After a year or two, when they are ready, he releases them into their ministries. Each of those 12 people then begins to train 12 more people. In just two years there are 144 people being trained to serve God as Christian leaders. In two more years, there are 1,728 people being trained! And so on.
This is the way Jesus trained His disciples. You should spend time with those who want to learn to be evangelists. Pastors, you should seek for an experienced evangelist who can train new evangelists. He or she should be your partner and friend. Evangelists can be a great blessing to your church and to the Kingdom of God.
3) An evangelist teaches believers to evangelize. A third work of an evangelist is described in Ephesians 4:11,12: “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
Notice in these verses that God’s leaders, including the evangelists, are to get the people in Christ’s Body ready for the work of serving God in the world. The evangelist is to teach and prepare people to do this.
Evangelism is the work of every Christian. God calls evangelists to devote their lives to sharing the Gospel. But every believer should make an effort to tell others about Christ and what He has done for them. It is needful for every Christian to be trained to share his/her faith.
An evangelist will teach others how to bring people to Christ and how to share their faith so that more people can come into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
This is an important work of an evangelist. An evangelist stirs up faith and passion in others to share Christ. Teaching people how to share their faith in Christ will also help them grow stronger. Faith in Christ is meant to be shared with others!