Evangelism Ministry

Within Christianity, evangelism ministry is any ministry whose chief aim is to win converts to Christ. Different Christian denominations go about evangelism ministry in very different ways. A minister who is involved primarily in evangelistic ministry is called an evangelist. In addition to vocational evangelists, many churches encourage their lay-people to become involved in evangelistic ministry by sharing their faith with others.  An effective Evangelism Ministry does the following:

  1. It helps members discover ways they can participate in God’s ministry. Many members don’t know how they can serve Jesus in their lives. When churches teach members how to engage in personal evangelism in their daily lives, members begin to realize their abilities and to discover opportunities for other ministries.
  2. It unifies the church body in gospel-centered ministry. As I previously argued, Jesus established his church for the purpose of evangelistic gospel ministry. We are to be disciple makers, not church growers. A vision for intentional personal evangelism establishes the gospel as the mission of the church and unites the body for that mission.
  3. It creates flexible ministry involvement opportunities. While churches cannot require members participate in ministries (though some do, I’m sure), they can inhibit participation by not providing opportunities to serve. Sadly, many churches depend on only two participation methods: positional ministry and volunteer ministry. Southern Baptist churches annually vote on who will fill specific positions (e.g., ministry directors and teachers). Once those positions are filled, others who desire to serve in those capacities feel left out. That leaves only the volunteer ministry opportunities such as food bank volunteers and worship service volunteers. However, when a person’s schedule conflicts with the ministry’s operation schedule, or when the ministry is already fully staffed with volunteers, people are left out unable to serve. An intentional evangelism vision helps people serve on their own schedules anywhere and everywhere they go.
  4. It fulfills the Great Commission. Many ministries are designed to meet social needs and intentionally or unintentionally relegate the primary mission—making disciples—to a secondary or tertiary concern. A vision for intentional personal evangelism makes gospel proclamation and disciple making the primary mission. It helps local churches become gospel-centered rather than self-centered.