Evangelist vs Pastor-Teacher
What’s the difference between the two?
An evangelists deals with proclaiming the Gospel, primarily to unbelievers, and is not one to rely upon for the teaching and edification of the local church. This man is needed to reach the unbelieving world in places where the Gospel has not been preached.
A Pastor-Teacher, given the charge as a shepherd and overseer of the local church, deals with the whole counsel of God, instructing the local congregation towards growth in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the doctrines of grace, instructions towards Christian maturity and the training and equipping of them to carry out the great commission.
An evangelist is not a pastor-teacher, but a pastor-teacher, as well as every Christian, is always an evangelist when opportunity arises.
Interesting. I think of an evangelist as a church planter and a Pastor as one given the long haul charge as the evangelist moves on to plant another. One thing I am convinced of, – the evangelist is not one who travels from established church to church preaching one of a dozen hot memorized sermons. Nor is the evangelist one who preaches and then sends new believers here and there, or nowhere. Again, it seems to me the foundational goal of an evangelist is to preach the gospel with a view to establishing churches.. Ok, couild say more, but a thunderstorm is here..and it’s just a matter of time till I lose power.
I agree. I preach often in Southern Baptist churches and I usually do expository preaching. I am amazed at the number of people who tell me how instructive a sermon was and how much more they now understand. I believe that’s because traditionally in the SBC most pastors are evangelists at heart and do not stray from the message of the cross into too many other applications of scripture. That is not a condemnation, but for Christians to grow, getting deeper into God’s word is essential if we are to mature in the faith.
I was married in a Southern Baptist church in which the pastor was the planter of that local body. So ingrained in that body that when the preacher moved on,the children stayed. That denomination is famous for moving pastors around and it never was the same after he left.
I enjoyed this short post. I am a missionary-evangelist (Brazil), but am seriously considering planting and pastoring a local church. I see such a need here for expository preaching from the pulpit. But I also am an evangelist at heart. How to reconcile the two? Many pastors starting out hold down a “secular” job while planting a church. In my case, my “secular” job will actually be my “sacred” evangelistic work on the campuses and streets of Rio de Janeiro. There will probably come a time when my church plant will require a full-time pastor. Then we will see if God wants me to stay or plant another. My vision is to start and develop an “expository-preaching-church-planting” movement. Most Christians here don’t know what they’re missing when it comes to systematic, book-by-book, chapter-by-chapter, paragraph-by-paragraph and verse-by-verse preaching/teaching! I’m afraid the same is true in the U.S.!