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# 01044 :  Evangelists
How one can become an Evangelist. Can a believer who has fair knowledge in the scripture declare himself to be an Evangelist or does he need to be commended/introduced by the respective local assembly for taking up such a ministry? Is he exempted if one doesn't intend to seek any financial support from the assemblies nor from individual believers? I would be grateful if somebody can clarify the point from scriptures?
Post by : babuphilip  View Profile    since : 7 Jan 2007


Reply by : nelnob1   View Profile   Since : 7 Jan 2007 2:35:37 AM Close
Dear brother babu in Christ,
A fair knowledge in scripture or a good knowldege in scripture are the basics to become an evangelist, but the 1st and foremost thing is the dedication and calling from above to go to the vineyard to preach the Gospel, and eagerness in the heart to achieve souls unto Gods kingdom.
The meaning of Evangelist from Encarta
Evangelist, term used in the New Testament (see Acts 21:8; Ephesians 4:11; and 2 Timothy 4:5) to designate any of the workers in the Christian apostolic Church who traveled to distant places to announce the gospel and to prepare the way for more extensive missionary work on the part of the apostles.
In post apostolic times the term evangelist was applied to a writer of a Gospel, that is, to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Traditionally, the four evangelists are symbolized by emblematic figures derived from the prophetic vision of Ezekiel and from Revelation, especially Revelation 4:6-10. For many years controversy existed over which symbol should be attributed to which evangelist. It was finally agreed that Matthew, who started his narrative with the genealogy of Christ, should be represented by the head of a man; Mark, who began with the mission of John the Baptist in the wilderness, by a lion, the inhabitant of the desert; Luke, who commenced with the story of the priest Zacharias, by a sacrificial ox; and John, whose Gospel soars to the heights of theological speculation, by an eagle.
Since the Reformation, especially in Methodism, the term evangelist has been applied to any itinerant preacher who attempts to bring about conversion among masses of people.
An evangelist life is full of risks and threats specially in a country like India, where there are several religions exteremist. So preaching the Gospel and being an evangelist can even lead as martyrs for Christ.
If God has choosen he will look after all your problems. Some God has choosen, and some choose God for thier livelihood.


Yours in Christ
nelnob1(Samuel V.J)

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Reply by : babuphilip   View Profile   Since : 7 Jan 2007 3:39:57 AM Close
Thank you Bro. Samuel for your informative reply. Unfortunately,the core part of my question remains unanswered. My question was whether one can on his own proclaim him to be an evangelist based on his relative scriptural knoledge and his ability for self-supporting or the local assembly needs to endorse it?. I shall be grateful if you could address these aspects in your reply.
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Reply by : nelnob1   View Profile   Since : 7 Jan 2007 4:29:40 AM Close
Dear br. Babu,
The latter part of my first post replies to it, with scriptural knowledge he can teach , but what is the work of an evangelist, to preach Gospel a burden in his heart to achieve souls to the eternal kingdom. An evangelist is called for ministering in the vineyard, it is not a graduate degree or a reverend post which is ordained by various churches.It is a voluntary decision by a brother who has the burden in his heart for spreading the Gospel. Now it will be fair if the Local assembly commends , but to which head of department, brethren assemblies dont have a head office. But in majority of the cases evangelist from kerala have moved to in and out to various parts of kerala & India to spread Gospel and thats how we have assemblies throughout India, souls are bieng achieved and an assembly is planted there.Now whom are we commending to whom? Might be you will be commending it to some of the Missionary funds. There are several evangelists in India who still remain unnoticed, But God knows his people and he feeds them. Do you know how much the funds sends and when. An evangelist is not alone, he has his family, he has also to educate his children, he also has to wear neat clothes, he also has to have food. A labourer in India gets minimum 3000+ , but the funds is more lesser than the said amount in a couple of months for Gods servant, but God feeds his servants all through the year.


Yours in Christ
Samuel V.J

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Reply by : babuphilip   View Profile   Since : 7 Jan 2007 4:47:26 AM Close
Dear Bro. Thank you for your reply. I asked this question bcoz I was of the view that to become an Evangelist in addition to one's scriptural knowledge and urge for winning souls;there must be an endorsement on the part of the local assembly too.
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Reply by : nelnob1   View Profile   Since : 7 Jan 2007 5:32:08 AM Close
Dear br. Babu ,

Thank your br. It will be a blessing for the evangelist and his family if the parent assembly upholds in thier prayer continously and if needed support them financially. No assembly can employ an evangelist as it is a dedicated service to Almighty Father in heaven. A fixed amount of finance monthly is just like employment.When in mission fields the funds will be very less, some times new souls have to be supported spiritually and financially, thier personal matters also has to sorted out , which has to met by the evangelist not be expected in return. So only a dedicated brother who has the calling expecting nothing from anyone looking unto God has to go to fields for earnings souls and God will honour his works. Might be there is starvation, God will see through it and sort it out.


Yours in Christ
Samuel V.J

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Reply by : nelson   View Profile   Since : 7 Jan 2007 8:51:20 PM Close

Dear Brother Babuphilip

Brother Samuel has written much about evangelism and evangelist which are absolutely correct. My aim is not to contradict him. I hope he will not be offended for adding upon what he wrote.

You wrote,

“the core part of my question remains unanswered. My question was whether one can on his own proclaim him to be an evangelist based on his relative scriptural knoledge and his ability for self-supporting or the local assembly needs to endorse it?.”


My answer is ‘no’!


Notice your words, ‘one brother proclaiming himself as an evangelist’ is just like one brother proclaiming himself as an elder! What prompted him to do so? –some knowledge of the scripture, and enough money. So any body with money and knowledge can proclaim himself to be ‘somebody’ in the assembly!!.

I do not think it as a good practice. It will create problems in that local assembly and for that brother too.

Please do not misunderstand me; you don’t need the commendation of an assembly to preach the gospel. It is the responsibility of every born again Christian. But to be known, work and move around as a full time ‘evangelist’, you need to be commended by that local assembly.


Till the assembly wholeheartedly, voluntarily recognizes and commends a brother as an evangelist, he must be willing to yield to the elders and do the Lord’s work along with the assembly. In the right time the Lord will guide the elders to commend him for His work. This is the practice we see in Acts. 13: 1—3.

Commendation is not primarily to get funds for an evangelist as some think. It is the act of recognizing him for his work and making known their full support for him and his activities. Also it is that moment when the whole assembly upholds him in prayer and giving him in the hands of God for such a special work. The moment assembly lose confidence in him assembly has the prerogative to take back the commendation.


continued in the next post.....

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Reply by : nelson   View Profile   Since : 7 Jan 2007 8:52:47 PM Close

Continued from the above post.
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It is not a healthy practice to encourage and support self-styled evangelists or Christian workers. It is dishonoring the freedom of that local assembly where he is a member. Generally the brethren insist upon this question, “Are you a commended worker?”


I hope I have not hurt the feelings of the brethren. This is what I understand.


In His Service


Nelson

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Reply by : babuphilip   View Profile   Since : 7 Jan 2007 10:10:52 PM Close
Thank you brothers Samuel and Nelson, you have helped me a lot in enlightening me about the topic. I fully agree with Bro. Nelson and wish that all concerned in our Assembly circles practice this approach with regard to introducing new Evangelists coming forward from the local Assembly. Let God bless us with lot of committed Evangelists to labour in his vineyard.
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Reply by : nelnob1   View Profile   Since : 7 Jan 2007 11:12:43 PM Close
Dear br. Nelson in Christ,

Br. in love of Christ I never get offended and like to share views which should be for the edification who reads or meditates upon it.

Br. Nelson, whom is the assembly commending, when one of the born again believer has a zeal in his heart to spread Gospel he is not going to a established assembly, he is going to a place where there are no assemblies even in the nearby districts or state, so whom are we commending to, when a brother has a zeal in his heart of course he shares it to the fellow believers and they pray take guidance from God and sent the called servant to the mission fields. But nowadays inorder to have a name in the list of funds you have to be commended worker, It becomes like an employment. As I wrote in my 1st post there are many evangelist in north India and many parts of India who are unnoticed.But God feeds and take care of them, no one has commended them, and if commended also the parent assembly can only meet mere requirements. The evangelist explores a new place spreads Gospel, achieves souls gathers in a rented house in the preliminary stages, starts a gathering in the new testament pattern, then as per the requirements, if the new brethren have the capabilty of constructing an assembly, they construct a new assembly, if they cannot, appeals to the brethren known and hence it moves on, and once when the assembly appeals are considered the question raises is the evangelist a commended worked from any known assembly for an Identification. If commending is upholding in prayers I agree with Br. Nelson, if commending is support, it is IMPOSSIBLE for an assembly to employ an evangelist. For the time bieng might the assembly can support but not for the long run. As I wrote before, some are chosen by God for his vineyard, and some choose God as thier vineyard. I hope brethren understands the meaning.

Humbly in Christ
Samuel V.J

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Reply by : nelnob1   View Profile   Since : 7 Jan 2007 11:55:33 PM Close
Dear Br.Babu & Br. Nelson,
I am copying and paste a e-mail which I recieved from Thrisur Brethren news the demise of one of our dear evangelist who passed away in Orissa, how he had come into ministry and when he was commended .
Orissa Newsletter - Sashi Bhusan Naik home-called
C.P. Mathew

Sashi Bhusan Naik, after a sudden attack of Cerebral Malaria, was home-called. Sashi who was 34 years old, was saved from a Roman Catholic family background, who later on embraced Hinduism. Sashi came to know the LORD through Emmaus Correspondence Course. After having received the LORD's call, he was serving the Lord in His own native village, Srirampur in Phulbani district of the North Indian state of Orissa. He studied for six months in the OBM short-term Bible School and was a full-time worker for the past six years. Recently, the Believers Assembly Jeypore (Orissa) commended him. He was doing a very commendable ministry in that region and as a result, a small Assembly began functioning in his house and many villagers were coming for the meetings. Due to various restrictions and the prevailing local conditions, not many could come forward to obey the Lord in baptism. But the Assembly was growing steadily. Several youth from the village were influenced by him and were actively involved in the Lord's work, although they are not commended. Even a few from his own family came forward and together, they could share the Gospel to hundreds of villages in this interior tribal area where even now, no electricity, telephone or other utilities have reached. He was making arrangements for a small shed in the village for prayer since his house was very small to accommodate the growing congregation.

He has left behind his young wife, Sukanti, (29) and Nutan daughter (6) and son Debasish (4). Please pray for the continuance of the ministry began by him as well as for his family. (Since they have nothing else materially, we need to pray for the Sustenance of the Young widow and little kids).

Yours in Christ
Samuel V.J

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Reply by : nelson   View Profile   Since : 9 Jan 2007 1:12:51 PM Close

Dear brother Samuel,

It seems we say the same thing in different point of view. You emphasize the ‘workers’ point of view and I emphasize the ‘elders’ point of view!

Yes we need to see both in its balance.

The ‘worker’ with all his zeal and burden should abide by the decisions of the elders, and elders should be willing to commend him at the appropriate time.

There are instances where the ‘worker’ or his sympathizers force the elders to give a commendation. But till the local assembly is fully satisfied about the workers call and commitment godly men will abide by the judgment of the oversight.

To whom does the assembly commend? Primarily, he is commended to the Lord in whom he believed. Act.14:23. Then that matter is made known to other assemblies for prayer and co-operation.

It is not for financial purposes, though the donors or funds often insist for a commendation. That is their policy—they want the assembly approval before they support a ‘worker’. We can not blame them for that. Commendation gives some credibility to the worker.

Yes, true, as you said, many misuse commendation for their own personal gain. There are even some others who misuse their entry in a fund’s list!!

But that does not invalidate the relevance of a commendation letter.

If no assembly near by or even in that state where the worker serves?

I think that’s a situation only very rarely we find. In the normal circumstances no worker works in isolation. Apart from the home assembly there would be few others who know him, let them know the assembly decision about him.


Regarding the less known evangelists, it is true there are many. I too recently met few less known Lord’s Servants in Andhra Pradesh. It is good to support them particularly. Few brethren in the gulf, burdened about such evangelists have started a ‘missionary partnership programme’. Their web site will give details.


Continued in the next post.......

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Reply by : nelson   View Profile   Since : 9 Jan 2007 1:14:39 PM Close
Continued from the above post..
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The incident in Orrissa was sad. We don’t know why the assembly took such a long time to commend him. May be they have their own reasons.

My prayer and desire is that the local assembly should be given the due place while we, in our zeal and vision, exercise our gifts & freedom.


Yours in His service

Nelson
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Reply by : elsie   View Profile   Since : 9 Jan 2007 5:16:03 PM Close
An Evangelist is a person authorized to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. In a more narrow sense, the word reffers to one of the Gospel writers: Matthew,Mark, Luke,or John. Literally,however, the word means "one who proclaim good tidings"[Eph:4:11;2Tim.4:5]The evangelists was a gift of God to the early church. They traveled over a wide geographical area, preaching to those to whom the Holy Spirit led them. The early disciples were also called evangelist.[Acts 8:4]because they proclaimed the gospel.All christians to day may continue the witness of the evangelists. As the early evangelists spoke and wrote of Jesus, so may Christians bring His message to others.[From the Dictionary of Bible]
Evangelists are called by God to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. They are not only called by God they are committed themselves and surrendered themselves as the servants of the Lord. They are willing to obey their master. Once they are commited themselves for the Lord ,the other believers who are in fellowship with him will recognize and support him in his ministry.They will pray for him and encourrage him to perform his duty faith fully. He will be guided by the Holy Spirit and he will function according to the word of God.He depend upon his Master who called him and appointed him for his service. His fellow believers will support him.He will remember 2 Tim:3:10-17 and keep it as his principle.1st and 2nd epistle to Timothy is a good guide for any evangelist
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Reply by : nelnob1   View Profile   Since : 9 Jan 2007 10:42:30 PM Close
Dear br.Nelson & Sr.elsie in Christ,

"The ‘worker’ with all his zeal and burden should abide by the decisions of the elders, and elders should be willing to commend him at the appropriate time. "

In love of Christ I intend not for an argument, As I am a son of an evangelist who in his young age while doing his marthomite seminary for a reverend accepted the Lord as his personal savior learned the word of God in the Brethren bible colleges then as per the vision God had given , gone to that place 48 years back, very much far away from the metropolis, till day the present day evangelist dont dare to go there , even today he is still in the vineyards yielding souls for his glory. The local assembly in kerala prayed & sent , but the elders are the not the one to decide to where the evangelist has to the ministry.It is a wrong concept, the assembly has a whole has to pray for the decision and uphold him in prayers including the elders , so that the ministry the evangelist is going to do may be blessed.

The incident I copied and pasted is almost for all the evangelist who doesnt want to be noticed and to work for God's glory alone, <<Several youth from the village were influenced by him and were actively involved in the Lord's work, although they are not commended>> This particular words are in the post of the incident.

I do completley agree with sr.elsie' statement,<<Once they are committed themselves for the Lord ,the other believers who are in fellowship with him will recognize and support him in his ministry.They will pray for him and encourrage him to perform his duty faith fully. He will be guided by the Holy Spirit and he will function according to the word of God.He depend upon his Master who called him and appointed him for his service. His fellow believers will support him>>


Yours in Christ,
Samuel V.j


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Reply by : ajayjameson   View Profile   Since : 1 Nov 2007 8:44:53 AM Close
Hello,
The word 'Evangelist'is used two or three times in Bible.It for Philipose and all. But in our midst people are more aggressive to use than any other official names.My suggestion is hat whosoever God used to begin that Charch as Missionary,he should set apart one as evangelist.that is more good.
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