“And He has appointed some with grace to be apostles, and some with grace to be prophets, and some with grace to be evangelists, and some with grace to be pastors, and some with grace to be teachers. And their calling is to nurture and prepare all the holy believers to do their own works of ministry, and as they do this they will enlarge and build up the body of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:11-12 (TPT)
The role of the Evangelist is the same as the rest of the five fold ministry gifts; to build up the body of Christ. Regardless of which office you stand in and are called to, we all have the responsibility of training and equipping people so that they can DO the work of ministry.
When I answered the call and stepped into the office of the Evangelist a little over 15 years ago, I thought my role was to preach the Gospel and get people to ask Jesus into their hearts. Although that is at the surface of what an Evangelist’s work entails, it goes deeper than that.
The work of an Evangelist is to help people discover who they are and why they were created – to know the purpose of their existence. We do that by introducing people to the One Who created them! It’s about creating an environment where people can do more than hear the Gospel, but also have an encounter with the Author of the Gospel. On the Conquerors we call this Presence Evangelism and we take our cue from the Greatest Evangelist that ever walked this planet….Jesus Christ!
Jesus used the gifts given Him by the Holy Spirit to prove who He was and is. When John the Baptist asked if Jesus was the One He answered like this, “The blind see again, the crippled walk, lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised back to life, and the poor and broken now hear the hope of Salvation.” Matthew 11:5 (TPT)
He also validated His Kingdom message: “But He said, ‘I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.’” Luke 4:43 (NIV)
And Jesus displaced the kingdom of darkness: “Yet if I am casting out demons by God’s mighty power, God’s kingdom realm is now released upon you—but you still reject it!” Luke 11:20 (TPT)
Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom and demonstrated its power. And that is how we help and assist in building the church and advancing the Kingdom. We use proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom in tandem with a demonstration of the Kingdom’s power!
“For the Kingdom-realm of God comes with Power, not simply impressive words.” 1 Corinthians 5:20 (TPT).
This is not a Pentecostal method or a Charismatic method, but the Kingdom method demonstrated by the King!
As we continue to build on the foundation laid with Jesus as the Chief Cornerstone, we also have the same Spirit within each of us to confirm who we are in Christ. And the same power to validate the Gospel of Jesus Christ: “The message I preached and how I preached it was not an attempt to sway you with persuasive arguments but to prove to you the almighty power of God’s Holy Spirit. For God intended that your faith not be established on man’s wisdom but by trusting in his almighty power.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (TPT)
I tend to look at the Five Fold ministry through a military perspective:
The Evangelist – The Kingdom’s special forces inserted into enemy territory to conquer and gain territories.
The Pastor – The Kingdom’s occupational force and ruler of occupied territory.
The Apostle – The Kingdom’s general who oversees several occupied territories and strategizes the overthrow of several more territories.
The Prophet – The Kingdom’s communications officer who conveys both encouragement and orders from the Commander In Chief.
The Teacher – The Kingdom’s trainer and overseer of implementing the culture of the Kingdom.
These grace ministries will function until we all attain oneness in the faith. Until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God, and finally we become one into a perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity, and fully developed into the abundance of Christ. Ephesians 4:13 (TPT)
Mike Benson, CEO, The Conquerors, Grandville, MI