Chapter Three is a chapter on the evangelist. The existence and development of this chapter was in two phases. During the first phase, I felt that there was a gift of evangelism, as well as a gift of the evangelist. So this chapter explains the spiritual gifts, and the role of the evangelist in the local church. In the second phase I began noticing the exclusion of the mention of the evangelist in almost all of my seminary textbooks. This disconcerting thought began to captivate my thoughts, especially in light of the historical notes that I have compiled in Chapter Seven and some of the notes on the translation of Matthew 28 that I have compiled in Chapter 26. These three strands coming together led me to consider the unfortunate historiography of Church History in which I had been operating.
Meanwhile I had the privilege of purchasing a 1964 reprint of the 1570 French Martyrology of Jean Crespin, a Geneva publisher who had published 53 of John Calvin's books, as well as an edition of the English Geneva Bible. This Martyrology, which listed Protestant martyrs from 1410-1570, opened my eyes to evangelists in Church History prior to the First Great Awakening in England and the United States.
Please consider from this chapter the importance of the evangelist for the NT church. Whereas the word "Pastor" (for shepherd) is used once in the NT, the word "evangelist" is used three times. This chapter may provide for a complete rethinking and reconfiguration of our classes in pastoral ministry and macro-ecclesiology.
- Introduction (p. 111)
- Noticing the Obvious—On the Omission of Evangelists (p. 117)
- Is There a Gift of Evangelism, or Is It Rather the Gift of the Evangelist? (p. 127)
- The Function of the Evangelist (p. 131)
- The Evangelist in the Bible (p. 136)
- Definition of an Evangelist (p. 139)
- Diversity in the Gift of the Evangelist (p. 140)
- Some Examples of Evangelists in the History of the Churches (p. 141)
- The Evangelist and Revival Ministry (p. 147)
- Some Common Reproaches Against Evangelists (p. 155)
- Comparing the Preaching of a Pastor, Revivalist, and Evangelist (p. 159)
- Comparing Special Events and Revivals (p. 160)