It is not easy to “become familiar” on the field. It takes a good three to four years of hard, hard work. The basics to remember follow here:
- Exalt the Savior: God is to be honored through our actions and attitudes. We are not here to change church procedures or philosophies, but to be a servant to the pastor and his people.
- Equip the Saints: The evangelist is to “equip” God’s people for the “work of service” (Eph. 4:12). Christians should be encouraged to abandon spiritual infantilism and become that “mature man” (Eph. 4:13).
- Exemplify Stewardship: Please be prepared for financial “lean years” as you begin on the evangelistic field. However, good stewardship of time, talent, and treasures will eventually produce a fruitful ministry.
- Expound the Scriptures: If the beginning evangelist will commit himself to the task of interpreting God’s Word correctly, he will never lack for opportunities to preach, teach, exhort, and expound. If the evangelist will take care of his depth in God, God will take care of the width of his ministry.
- Expect the Supernatural: As an evangelist, you have every right to expect God to confirm His Word with signs following (Acts 8). I encourage you to pray for the sick and believe God to answer the fervent prayer of the righteous man (James 5).
- Evangelize the Sinner: The lost-ness of mankind requires a sense of urgency within the evangelist, mobilizing them to do everything possible to reach this world for Christ.
- Edify the Servant: Take time for yourself. When an evangelist stops growing, his ministry starts dying. I encourage you to read books and expose yourself to quality preaching, leadership, evangelism, and a variety of other subjects.
My testimony is one of healing from emotional and physical abuse which I experienced as a child in the third grade, and the subsequent substance abuse as a young aspiring actor/musician in Hollywood where I played several tiny bits on the sitcoms, "Three's Company," "The Two of Us," several commercials, and numerous live theatrical productions. I also played in a funk/metal band during that period, but a bitter heart and terrible substance...