11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
“Evangelists” are catalysts for spreading the gospel. Those with this gift have a unique ability to reach the lost. Although all of us have the responsibility of evangelism, not all of us have the gift of evangelism.
Different from apostles and prophets, the gifts of “evangelist” and “pastor-teacher” are still operative for today.
An evangelist catalytically makes the gospel compelling.
The word “evangelist” occurs just three times in the New Testament (Ac 21:8). Paul told Timothy to “do the work of an evangelist (2 Ti 4:5). An evangelist is someone who can present the gospel in a compelling way so that some come to Christ. Billy Graham is a prime example of this. However, an evangelist may not be a public communicator but someone who shares Christ one-to-one. Evangelists are also missionaries, both at home and overseas (Ac 21:8; 8:6-40; 2 Ti 4:5).
The New Testament does not identify evangelists as foundational to the church (Eph 2:20). Nonetheless this gift was important to the church (1 Co 12:28).