"And He gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ." Ephesians 4:11-12
A Note to our Southern Baptist Churches, Pastors, and Christian Leaders ~
In the Scripture, Paul instructed the Ephesian Christians (Ephesians 4:11-12) concerning the spiritual gifts which were given to members of the Body of Christ for the edification and completion of the Church. Among these gifts was listed the gift of the evangelist, which we understand as the special anointing to communicate the gospel message. There are many within the Church who have been blessed with this gift of evangelism and who exercise it with much success but who are not called of God into evangelism as a life’s work.
Vocational evangelists differ from others who possess the gift of evangelism in that they feel a special call of God to pursue evangelism as a vocation. This entails the freedom to go anywhere at any time and to serve as a preaching or music evangelist for crusades, revivals, rallies, student and community outreach, mission conferences,and a wide variety of evangelistic events.