B. Childress
Jul 27, 2007

Whenever we study
church government, we should go to the Word of God to understand how God wants His church
to be established:  God has given us his guidelines and principals in His Word, but He leaves the responsibility of how
to apply those guidelines and principals to us.

What is the origin of the word "church."  The word "church" in 1 Corinthians 12:28, comes from the Greek word
ekklesia.  Ekklesia comes from another Greek word ekkaleo.  Ekkaleo is a compound word .  It is made from two word
ek-  and kaleo. Ek means "out" and kaleo means "to call."  Thus, what the word "church" really means is "the called
out ones" or the "chosen ones" as translated in Ephesians 1:4.  When Paul said we were chosen in Him before the
foundation of the world, the same word is used

What is church?  First Corinthians 12:27-28 says,
"Now ye are the body of Christ and members in particular."  Today,
the word "church"
is loosely used to describe a building made of brick and mortar, which could also house a disco,
school, industry, or retail store.  The universal church is made up of every born-again believer on the face of the
earth.  Every group of believers who worships together is a segment of the "universal church."  Those segments that
meet together are "local churches."

The church has been called out.  If the church is the "called out" or "chosen" ones, there has to be someone calling or
"God hath set some in the church." 1Corinthians 12:28  God is doing the calling or choosing.  Ephesians 4:
11 says, "
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;"
- but who is "he."  To understand. we can look at Ephesians 4:8-10,
CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE, AND GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended
first into the lower parts of the earth?  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens,
that he might fill all things)."
 The Lord Jesus Christ if the "he" who ascended, and the He Who gave gifts to men.

Referring back to 1Corinthians 12:28, God the Father is the One who sets the ministry gifts in the church:  these
ministry gifts are chosen by God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ in combined authority.  Jesus is the One who
calls and appoints the ministry gifts.  The One (Jesus) who does the calling has authority over the one He calls
(whoever chooses the ministry gift has authority over the one He calls);  whoever chooses the ministry gift has
authority over the one who is chosen.  So, who is head of the church?  Ephesians 1:22-23 says, "
And hath put all
things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body the fullness of him
that filleth all in all."
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the church.  He was given that position by God the Father.  
He was given authority over the church by God the Father as well all ministry gifts He chooses to distribute.


The meaning of the word "evangelist" is, One who brings the evangel (the good news); a messenger of good

The evangelist is anointed to preach the Gospel, the Good News.  The third ministerial office is that of the evangelist.  
He is a proclaimer of the Gospel, that is his ministry and he does not deviate from it.  He simply preaches the love and
forgiveness of God and the salvation that is available to all through his Son Jesus Christ.  When he preaches this
simple Gospel message, people receive salvation, publicly and privately.  Hence, an evangelist is considered to be a

The word "evangelist" is used only three times in the New Testament: 1)  Philip the evangelist is spoken of in Acts 21:
8, 2)  the gift "evangelist" is listed in Ephesians 4:11, 3)  Paul told Timothy to do "the work of an evangelist" in 2
Timothy 4:5.  Philip then is the only model other than Jesus that we have for an evangelist.

Jesus stood in all of the five-fold ministry office (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher.)  Jesus said in
Luke 4:18,

  • An evangelist is a direct endowment or ministry gift from God to the Church. A person cannot to bible school
    and study to become an evangelist - he or she must be "anointed" for to function effectively in this office.

  • The supreme gift of a real evangelist is the power to bring a person's soul to a decision for Christ as only the
    preaching of the Word affects the will of the sinner. Hence, in the ministry of the evangelist, the preaching of the
    Word of God is essential.

  • Evangelists are often called exhorters (which is an office in and of itself.)  Exhorting involves encouraging,
    comforting, and admonishing people.  The Word of God mentions the office of the exhorter, "Or he that
    exhorteth, on exhortation:..." Romans 12:8.  An "exhorter" exhorts people to be saved (the supernatural
    equipment of miracles and gifts of healings does not follow the ministry of exhortation).  One may start out as an
    exhorter and as he proves faithful, God may set him in the office of the evangelist at a later time.

  •  God has ordained that the gospel should be preached with "signs following" as we read in the book of Mark,
    Jesus' words, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is
    baptized shall be saved...And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils,
    they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not
    hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."  Mark 16:15, 17-18

  •  Supernatural equipment accompanies the evangelist's ministry. We are to preach the gospel and the Lord will
    confirm the Word with signs following.   We have all been called to the work of preaching the gospel, but the
    "anointing" to manifest supernatural attestation with signs, even the gifts of healings, seem attached to the office
    of the evangelist.  Without the demonstration of supernatural signs and wonders, you get only a certain
    measure of obedience by the people - outward compliance with ceremonies, form, baptism and church
    membership; requirements of a religious type.  Yet with the supernatural power of God, which demonstrates
    people are dealing with a real and living God, comes real submission of hearts to Him.

  • The evangelist's ministry is more of a "ministry on the move, " traveling around ministering to the unsaved.

Philip - the Evangelist

The church at Jerusalem had picked Philip as one of the seven deacons who would serve the apostles and the other
disciples.  He was described as being of
"honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom." (Acts 6:3)  Though Philip
had no training as an evangelist, that is the office God called him to fill and a whole city came to God because of his
"Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.  And the people with one
accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing miracles which he did.  For unclean
spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many that were possess with them: and many taken with palsies, and that
were lame, were healed.  And there was great joy in that city."
Acts 8:5-8  Philip was gifted to minister only in those
areas of healing, but it was enough to get people saved - these healings drew their attention to Philip's ministry and
ultimately to the Lord Jesus Christ.

1)  As an evangelist, Philip had the ability to get people saved, but his ministry did not extend beyond bringing people
to salvation.

2)  Philip had no ability to establish a church, or to get people rooted and grounded in the Word, or to teach them.

3)  He seemingly did not have the ministry to impart the baptism in the Holy Spirit that Peter and John had (Acts 8:14-

4)  Philip did his job in getting the people to God by preaching salvation through Jesus Christ.  Then the apostles sent
others to take them on in God.

One person will never be able to do everything.  And he should not.  All of us are limited.  Every minister is limited and
that is why we need one another.

Timothy - the Evangelist

Paul wrote to the young preacher Timothy: "Watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist,
make full proof of thy ministry."
2 Timothy 4:5.  This means that Paul was very conscious of the fact that God had laid
His hand upon him (Timothy) and had called him to save souls.  So he admonished him to do the work of an
evangelist.  Paul was saying to Timothy "Now God has given you this ministry gift.  I want you to make full proof of it.  
Get out there and get those people saved."

If you need an evangelist, call upon the Holy Ghost and He will send you one - Jesus said He would: "The harvest is
plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into
his harvest."  Matthew 9:38

We need to pray that God will give us some great evangelists and that could mean you.  As an evangelist, nobody has
to give you a place to preach.

In summary, the characteristics of an evangelist today are:

1)  A proclaimer of the gospel/ preacher of the gospel.

2)  "Anointed"  to preach the gospel, the Good News.

3)  Comes with supernatural equipment (gifts of healing, gifts of the working of miracles).

4)   A true evangelist must preach the Word.

5)   Moves around preaching the gospel and getting souls saved.

According to Lester Sumrall, Evangelists get discouraged sometimes when they go
to a church and fail to get many people saved.  The reason is they are doing their
evangelizing in the wrong place - you cannot expect to grow corn if you plant the
seed around the church altar.  Evangelists need to go out and plant their seed where
the sinners are, then they will reap a harvest.  (LS p. 239)


The Ministry Gifts, Kenneth E. Hagin,
Copyright 1998 by RHEMA Bible Church.

Understanding the Anointing, Kenneth E. Hagin, Copyright 1983 by RHEMA Bible Church.

The Gifts and Ministries of the Holy Spirit, Lester Sumrall, Copyright 1982 by Lester Sumrall Evangelical

Decently and In Order, Bob Yandian, Copyright 1983, 1987 by Whitaker House.