My husband and I pastor an online church but we began our ministry journey 18 years ago, and we first served as evangelists. Christian ministry is generally divided into five specific ministry roles including evangelism. A pastor cares for a specific congregation but a Christian evangelist takes the gospel everywhere. We found out that people who want to become an evangelist need the appropriate paperwork and specialized training. Besides specialized training, we had to be ordained and receive various and letters of recommendation from an established church or an overseeing pastor. In many cases, your denomination (if you belong to one) will require the evangelist to follow an established training process.
Become a Christian Evangelist
I recommend that you start the process by visiting your local pastor. Ideally, you should be a member of the church or at least a member of the denomination. Ask him for instructions on any special requirements you need to fulfill. (Some denominations have seminary or college degree requirements.) You can also go online and contact the denomination directly. Request an application, fill it out and return it promptly.
Training for Evangelism
If the church or denomination requires course training, pay for the training, attend the classes and receive your diploma. (Training can range from a few months to a few years but it is worth it!) Once you’ve graduated, you will receive an invitation to your ordination service. This is a special, public event where the host ministry will publicly recognize your call to evangelism. After you receive your ordination papers, make copies and have the original framed. (Many Christian evangelists place their ordination papers in their office or study.) Also, don’t forget the value of on-the-ground training. Get plugged into a Christian ministry that has an active evangelism program.
After the Classes…
Now that your education is complete, ask for a letter of recommendation from the denomination or the church that hosted your ministry training. You will need to present a recommendation letter when you approach ministries. Make calls and talk to churches about helping them grow their ministry. The evangelist “breaks new ground” and helps local churches grow.
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