The term “Evangelist” has a variety of implications. To some the word implies a rebellious, self-ordained preacher that was expelled from their local church. To others it’s a kind of probationary office before becoming a fully-fledged pastor. It is very important that we have a clear understanding of the glorious and very necessary ministry of an Evangelist.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 says
“4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
For those who have attempted to evangelize without anointing of a true Evangelist it is apparent how arduous, although fulfilling, this task can be at times. All Christians are called to reach out to the lost. Yet an Evangelist is one that enjoys the challenge and excels at drawing people in to the LORD, in ways that few can achieve.
The evangelist is a messenger who proclaims the good news. They bring the lost the greatest gift ever known, salvation and exhorts Christians to witness for Christ. Phillip was a New Testament evangelist who preached the Word with signs following. His preaching and miracles led to revival and great joy in Samaria (Acts 8:5-8). One of the best ways to draw the lost to Christ is through miracles. Miracles, signs, wonders, deliverances and healing occur in the Evangelist’s Ministry. Philip operated in the gift of Faith, Working of Miracles and Gifts of Healing.
In his second letter to Timothy, Paul sets forth the work of an evangelist. He is to preach the Word, be ready at all times, reprove, rebuke, exhort with patience, be watchful and endure afflictions (2 Timothy 4:2-5).