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Army Insignia

group of peopleThe Christian evangelist must have the special spiritual gift of evangelism from God. Some are given this spiritual gift just as others are given other spiritual gifts and are called to be pastors or administrators in the church. The numbers of evangelists among Christians has been estimated as 10%, but it is likely to be much smaller, I believe. One of the problems is that Evangelism is not just Christianized public relations, as some would assume but the skill of relating the Good News of Jesus Christ to others. This is NOT necessarily what is happening in the Church. All Christians are called upon to be witnesses for Christ, but only a few are called by God, to become an evangelist and to bring others to Christ.

Test the Gifts

The Church Army InsigniaThe Church normally would test these gifts and add their seal of approval to his or her commissioning alongside other ministers. In the Anglican system, as in The Church Army, the commissioned evangelist works under the authority of his or her local Bishop as well as his or her manager and director in the Church Army.✞

Great Commission

WikipediaJesus spoke directly to evangelists and pastors when he said in Matthew 28.19-20, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." The French Christian philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623 -1662) wrote, "The serene silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world." Pascal was a child prodigy who amongst other things made great contributions to the study of fluids. While still a teenager he invented one of the first mechanical calculators. He obviously exhibited a rare and intuitive sense of God.✞

One in Ten Christians

Captain RonAn evangelist is someone who is called specifically by God to professionally share the faith. Dr Peter Wagner, a well known church growth expert and Professor of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary in California, has researched this question and discovered that only one in ten Christians has the spiritual gift of evangelism and can exercise that ministry. The evangelist is called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ wherever they may be.

"Christian Church Evangelist"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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