Two notable figures in Christendom are given the task of ensuring that others hear about the benefits of the religion and in so doing become new followers, one of them is known as an evangelist, and the other a pastor.
It is however sad to note that, so many Christians try to point out the difference between an evangelist and a pastor to conclude that one need not attempt to become both at the same time, rather, focusing on one particular office will make one more functional in the body of Christ.
But when you consider the fact that the main aim of both an evangelist and a pastor is to win souls for Christ, you will readily agree with me that it is very easy to function very properly in both offices at the same time.
But then, even though these two religious offices in Christendom are committed to doing the work of preaching, there is one other outstanding role that makes them differ, and it is that role we are going to discuss in this sermon.
After showing you the difference between an evangelist and a pastor, I will also help you to understand the role of a pastor in evangelism as well as other ways you can do the work of evangelism as a pastor.
So without any further ado, let’s get started with this preaching.
The difference between an evangelist and a pastor.
The main difference between an evangelist and a pastor is that an evangelist is a sojourning preacher who is not confined to a particular Christian church or denomination while a pastor is someone who is confined to do the work of preaching in a particular Christian or church denomination.
You will often hear people referring to an evangelist as someone whose duty is to find the lost sheep while the pastor does the work of looking after the flocks.
So in essence, an evangelist must go out to preach and convert people to the Christian religion while a pastor must gather the converts in a particular church and keep them nurtured and growing in Christ through the living word of God.
However, it is worth noting that both an evangelist and a pastor are given the work of preaching the gospel to convert more followers to the Christian religion.
But then some persons might ask: can an evangelist be a pastor? well, let us provide an answer to this question in the next sub-heading.
Can an evangelist be a pastor?
An evangelist can be a pastor because both offices are concerned with the work of preaching the gospel, but then it is worth noting that an evangelist who becomes a pastor must ensure his work of preaching extends to other churches even as he keeps busy trying to make his church members stay nourished and grow in the knowledge of the word of God.
This therefore implies that becoming an evangelist and a pastor entails combining the additional works of both offices while trying to maintain the main job of an evangelist and pastor which is preaching the word of God.
The role of a pastor in evangelism.
The role of a pastor in evangelism is to organize revivals that will allow him to preach the word of God on the pulpit and do alter calls to convert new members to his church where he will always remind both them and old members to adhere to the commandments of God.
An evangelist will always take the gospel out to people at different places and locations, a pastor on the other hand must look for ways to attract a large number of people to his church where he will conveniently preach the gospel to them.
Other ways to do the work of an evangelist as a pastor.
Aside from organizing revivals and outreach to attract non members to your church to enable you do the work of evangelism, you can adopt several methods or types of evangelism to achieve the same goal.
Some of those methods are listed and explained below.
- Morning cry: You can leave your house early in the morning to do morning cry and use that opportunity to give people the address of your church and invite them over.
- Open-air/house-to-house evangelism: You can also organize some members and do open air or house-to-house evangelism and interact directly with your potential or would-be converts.
- Radio, TV, and social evangelism: The radio, TV, social media, and other media outlets are also available for you to connect with a large number of audience for the work of evangelism.
- Internet evangelism: You can start a blog or build a website as am doing here on Freetruth Evangelical, and after picking powerful evangelical topics, you can go ahead to do keyword research to find queries related to that topic that people are using on search engines, then write sermons or preaching’s that answer their questions and in the about and contact page you can give out your contact details so your visitors can reach out to you for further assistance in the way of salvation.
- Ordain evangelist in your church: If your schedule will not allow you much time to focus on the above methods of evangelism alone, you can ordain evangelists in your church and delegate the work of preaching the gospel in diverse places to bring new members whom you will nourish with the food of salvation.
As you can see, combining the work of an evangelist and a pastor is not as hard as you thought neither is it as easy as it seems, all you need to do is be determined to serve Christ in whatever aspect that will help you to carry out his instructions on winning souls into the kingdom.
And I hope this sermon has helped you to decide on becoming an evangelist and a pastor.
I pray God to give us the grace and strength to do the work of preaching the gospel he is sending us all to the perfect end in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.