Justin Hiebert

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APEPT Leadership – Evangelists

Posted on 13 May 2014 in APEPT, Leadership, Ministry | 2 comments

We are continuing our look at the five-fold ministry of leadership that is laid out in Ephesians 4 and today we are examining the role of Evangelists.

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Evangelists have a passion for reaching and expanding the Kingdom of God. They care about the mission God and call people to repent and believe the Good News (Mark 1:15). They have the knack and ability to connect God’s grand story to the stories of individuals around them and help people find their place in the Kingdom of God.

[pullquote]So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-13[/pullquote]

Strengths:

  1. They remind the church that not everyone is saved.
  2. Connect people to a loving community and the story of God.
  3. Creative individuals that like meeting new people.

Limitations:

  1. May spend so much time ‘out there’ that they burn themselves out and neglect their own spirituality.
  2. Can neglect a life in the community because of their burden to see people come to faith.
  3. May come across as harsh or brash if following only recited techniques.

What the church can learn from them (What they can teach us): man holding Bible

  1. How to share faith in real and life changing ways.
  2. Discipleship in Jesus begins with an initial decision to follow.
  3. Not everyone is a Christian, and we can’t expect them to live like it.

How the church can help them (Ways to release an evangelist for mission):

  1. Send them out to find and meet new people with whom they can share the story of God.
  2. Identify a ‘person of peace’ that they can build friendships with.
  3. Encourage them to spend time within the church to receive personal edification and encouragement during tough seasons of ministry.

Scripture:

  1. Acts 2. Here, Peter addresses the crowd at Pentecost, sharing with them the story of what God is doing.
  2. Acts 8. Perhaps the most easily identifiable and most understandable story of what an evangelist looks like, Philip shares the story of God with an Ethiopian eunuch.
  3. 2 Timothy 4. Paul urges Timothy to ‘do the work of an evangelist’ in his ministry.

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Justin Hiebert

Leadership Catalyst - Entrepreneur - Coach at JSHiebert Leadership Coaching
I am a Business and Life Coach in both non-profit and for profit settings. I coach leaders, executives, and pastors in areas of vision, clarity, and values. In relationship coaching I focus on healthy and sustainable relationships, and in leadership development roles I catalyze change for individuals and groups to thrive. I also consult churches and organizations on how to train new leaders and create a healthy culture. In addition to that, I am an Anabaptist pastor in the Denver metro area. I specialize on topics that include: missional theology, discipleship, culture and the church in today’s society. I am married to my wonderful wife Elise and we have three kids. I grew up and now work in the United States Mennonite Brethren Church (USMB) and love the people and history of the Mennonite Brethren faith. I am a graduate of Tabor College with a dual degree in Youth Ministry and Christian Leadership, a graduate of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary with a Masters of Divinity, and a Doctoral Student and Bethel Seminary. I also teach college classes in areas of Bible, Communication, and Business.

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