Obviously not all are called to the fivefold ministry role of the evangelist spoken of in Ephesians 4:11. In fact, most of us are not. Nevertheless, we are all called to “go into all the world and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). Or, as 1 Peter 4:10 states, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” So, not everyone is called to be a fivefold evangelist but every one is called to evangelize using the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit received when a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit and receives the power to be a witness (Acts 1:8).
Let’s state something clearly here. There is no such thing in the Bible as the “gift of evangelism.” If there were then some of us who don’t have the gift would be excused from having to tell others about Jesus and sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom. Everyone is called to evangelize and there is no special gift of evangelism. Telling others about Jesus is simply part of your love for Him. This love overflows and you speak boldly about what you believe in and love deeply.
To be a fivefold evangelist (a calling and a role) you need to have five aspects working in your ministry.
- You have a discernible and operative set of gifts that enable you to evangelize as all Christians are personally called to do …
- You are called prophetically into this fivefold ministry role of evangelist by those who share this role and ministry as well as by an apostle or prophet who sees the calling upon your life.
- You have the supernatural ability to see this calling in and on others and are willing to disciple and train the next generation of fivefold evangelists.
- You have the ability to activate this gift and calling in other individuals releasing them into their ministry as they reach maturity.
- You are able to teach the Church how to evangelize the current generation within their own culture and society.
Fivefold evangelists are carriers of an anointing. They carry a passion and desire to see people saved. They have a call of the Lord that has supernaturally equipped them with the ability to lead others to Christ. They are anointed to teach and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matthew 4:23) and to demonstrate the power of the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 4:20). That is the heart of an evangelist – to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom, drawing unbelievers to the saving knowledge of Jesus and demonstrating the power of His Kingdom. The demonstration of that power sets free those who are oppressed by the devil. They also have a deep desire and drive to train other believers to effectively reach the lost for Christ just as Jesus, the Evangelist, trained His twelve disciples to reach the lost of His day ( Matthew 10:1-20).