WHAT IS AN "IN-HOUSE" EVANGELIST, AND COULD YOU BE ONE?

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WHAT IS AN "IN-HOUSE" EVANGELIST, AND COULD YOU BE ONE?

By: Norm Rasmussen
Director, Precious Testimonies

In Christian circles, we are all aware of the "big name traveling evangelist".  But are we aware that sitting right beside us in church might be a "no name" in-house evangelist?  A person God has placed the call to be used to help stir up others in your church to walk in the ministry of reconciliation, but no one in church leadership has recognized officially or unofficially that this person is an evangelist ... period ... because he or she is not on the "traveling from church to church circuit"?

Jim Barbarossa has been used of God for some time now, doing everything he knows HOW by God's leading and help to open the understanding to those in local church leadership that there are "in-house evangelists" sitting quietly -- unnoticed -- in many churches across the land. 

God wants "in-house evangelists" to be recognized by local church leadership and blessed by leadership to start functioning in their call in a greater capacity.  

If this is a radically NEW "concept" you've never been exposed to, here is part of a message brother Jim Barbarossa gave on the topic that does AWESOME justice to the issue:


God loves our worship, but I remember something He spoke to me as a baby Christian in a worship service.  There was excitement in the atmosphere.  Everybody was worshipping God, and the Father spoke to me.  He said, ďJim, the highest form of worship is when you go out and tell somebody about Me.Ē 

Thatís the challenge I want to share with you today.  God wants you to have that same passion and take it beyond the walls of the church.  He wants you to take the shout to where you work.  He wants you to take the dance to the streets.  He wants you to take your passion and tell people about Him.  Thatís what itís all about.  Take your passion and go tell somebody about Jesus! 

The message that I want to share with you today is called ďEvangelist, Come Forth.Ē  I want to talk to you about two things: 

1) The gift of the evangelist

2) The ministry of reconciliation. 

Some have been given to the church as evangelists.  All of us have been given the ministry of reconciliation

Letís start in Ephesians 4:11, ďAnd He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.Ē

What that is saying is that He did this for the teaching, training, and activating of the Body of Christ.  It is not the job of the apostle, prophet, pastor, or the evangelist to do all of the work by themselves.  It is their job to equip all of you, and it is your job to go out and do the work of the ministry.  The work of the ministry belongs to every believer in Christ.  Say this now to yourself, ďI have a ministry, and Iím going to start doing my ministry.Ē 

Your first ministry is the ministry of reconciliation, and weíre going to talk about that a little later.  It has been said over the years and it has been taught that God is restoring the gifts to the church.  The pastor and the teacher have always been accepted.  The pastor and teacher have pretty much been part of all the organizations.  Itís been said that the evangelist has been restored to the church in the 1950ís and 60ís with the great tent and healing evangelists.  I disagree with that, and in a moment Iíll tell you why. 

In the 80ís the prophetic was restored.  In the 90ís and through today, the apostles are being restored.  When I travel around the world, I see pastors and teachers in the churches.  I also see prophets and apostles in the churches.  But when I ask the senior minister, ďWho is the evangelist in the house?Ē they always say the same thing.  'Well, we support a mission evangelist over here, or we support an evangelist over there.  My question is: Who is the evangelist in this house?  The answer I get 99.9 percent of the time is ďWe donít have any.Ē 

If they were restored in the 1950ís and 60ís, I have to ask Ö where are they?  The tent evangelist has always been; the crusade evangelist has always been, and we know them.  But theyíre not in the house Ė theyíre not in the local church.  They have a function, but my question is:  Where is the equipping evangelist?  The evangelist spoken about in Ephesians 4 Ė every local church everywhere in the world should have an evangelist, or a team of evangelists, in the house. 

I remember when I first read that scripture, I was a young Christian, and a man came up to me.  He said, ďJim, I know youíre an evangelist.  I have a check for a $1,000 for you and itís for your tent.Ē 

I said, ďWho said Iím buying a tent?Ē 

He said, ďAll evangelists buy tents,Ē and all evangelists go away from the church and start their own ministries." 

That is not Godís plan.  Godís plan is to have an equipping evangelist in the house working with the apostle, pastor, and the teachers in the house.  Thatís Godís plan.  So what Iím saying to you today is that God is now, in this hour, restoring the evangelist to the local church!  The evangelist must be restored to reach the world.  It is the job of the evangelist to share the Good News, but his job is bigger than that.  It is the job of the evangelist to teach all of the saints how to share the Good News.  Do you know that 97 percent of Godís people never share the Good News?  I suggest to you that they donít share the Good News because the evangelist has not been in the house to teach them to share it.

Christians who are not engaged in some capacity in helping share the Good News of the Gospel (The Good News that God died for sinners) with the lost in their community and/or locality are NOT obeying God in being ministers of reconciliation.  "Reconciling" means to be engaged in one way or another of purposely availing oneself to the Holy Spirit to help win lost souls to Jesus Christ in your locality.   

In Part One of this series, Witnessing Made Easy, we taught those who were here how to overcome fear and go out and share the Good News with their neighbors.  Itís not the job of the pastor, prophet, or teacher to teach you that.  The evangelist is the bearer of Good News.  The evangelist is the one God has anointed to impart the ability to share the gospel with lost people.  I want you to know today that Iím not the only evangelist in the house.  There are many evangelists in the house.  Some of you just need to have it pulled out of you. 

EVANGELIST - COME FORTH!

I remember somebody who was in one of our meetings back in December.  She was an evangelist who was in the house, but you see God sent me to pull that gift out of that person.  She would have never believed that she was am evangelist, but she answered the call.  I am going to make that same challenge to you.  Iím going to speak these words to you, ďEvangelist come forth!Ē  Some of you are going to argue.  Some of you are going to say ďOh - it canít be me.Ē  Yes it can be.  One of the reasons that many have never answered the call of the evangelist is because we think you have to travel to be an evangelist.  That is not true.

For every one that God has called to travel, like Carla and I, He has called thousands and positioned them in the local church.  Yes!  You can work a day job, and you can still be the house evangelist.  You donít have to quit your job to be an evangelist. 

Some of you are hearing something for the first time in a way that youíve never heard it before, and something is already stirring within you.  Youíre already asking yourself, ďCould that be me?  Could I be that evangelist?  Could I be the one that God has placed in my house of worship?  Could I be part of the team that God wants to use to stir up the body, to motivate the body, to equip the saints and send them out to share the Good News?Ē 

I have a stronger passion.  That passion is to equip all of Godís people to shake the church, to raise up the army of God and send all of Godís people out with the Good News.  

I remember so well the first time I read that scripture.  It was like something exploded inside of me.  I knew I was one of Godís evangelists, but I also knew that I didnít fit in.  God didnít tell me to go buy a tent.  My passion was to win lost souls, yes, and I still like to do that, but I have a stronger passion.  That passion is to equip all of Godís people to shake the church, to raise up the army of God and send all of Godís people out with the Good News.  Do you know thatís what itís all about?  Itís about sharing the Good News.  Nothing else really matters.  Itís about lost souls and sharing the Good News. 

Part of my job in my home church is to keep people moving; keep them stirred up.  I remember when we first got to the church weíre in now; it was about seven years ago.  I didnít know it at the time, but the pastor of that church had been reading Ephesians 4:11-12, and he had been saying to God, ďWhereís the equipping evangelist at God?  God, your book says thereís an equipping evangelist.Ē  And he said, ďGod I want one.Ē  He prayed and God brought Carla and me to that church. 

I remember as we sat in the back row, we were there for about a year, and I was hanging out in the back.  Do you know why I was hanging out in the back?  It was because I had lost hope.  I had lost hope in the church because there was no room for me in the house.  There was room for the pastor, teacher, and there was even room for the prophet, and room was being made for the apostle, but the evangelist had no place.  When the evangelist showed up, they wanted to send him out in the mission field.  They wanted to send him to a different country, but my passion was to stir all the saints right there in the local church. (To go out into our community to help plant and water seeds of the Gospel Message of Salvation to help win lost souls to Jesus). 

As hard as I tried to do that, there was no room; there was no place.  But in that church, in one Sunday service, the prophetic anointing came on the pastor and he started calling people out.  He called me out of the back row.  He said, ďYouíre my evangelist. Youíre Godís evangelist. God has brought you into this house.Ē  I want to tell you what was amazing about that.  I wasnít even a member of the church.  I wasnít ordained in the church.  I didnít hold a license in the church, but the pastor spoke it anyway.  He said he was speaking what God said to speak. 

He continued: "Man hasnít called you, but God has called you.  I want you to know today that you are the evangelist of this local church, and God will not release you until you have trained up a team of evangelists in this house."  I know the difference between control and the Spirit of God, and this was not control.  This was the Spirit of the living God, and I knew it.  I was hiding in the back.  I had been hurt by the church, and God called me out.  I met with my pastor that week.  He said, ďJim, what do you need to get the job done?Ē 

I said, ďPastor, I need five minutes of every service.Ē  So Sunday morning he gave me five minutes.  Sunday night he gave me five minutes.  On Wednesday night Bible study he gave me five minutes.  I started training others as evangelists.  We got five minutes of Kidís Church.   We got five minutes of the Youth Group.  Weíve done five minutes in ladiesí ministries.  Weíve done five minutes in mensí ministries.  Everytime the doors of the church are open, weíre sharing five minutes.  Weíre teaching people how to share the Good News.  Weíre bringing a shaking message.  Itís convicting.  It touches the heart, and Iíll be honest with you.  There are times when I got up to do the five minutes, and as I stood behind the pulpit, I looked out at the congregation, and by the Spirit, I heard people saying things like, ďIíd sure like it if youíd leave.  I liked it better before you got here.  I wish I didnít have to listen to you anymore.Ē

Iím going to tell you something.  It isnít my job to tell people what they want to hear.  Itís my job to give them the Word of God.  Itís my job to give them ĎThus sayeth the Lord.í 

We had people who didnít like it.  We had people who went to the pastor and said, ďPastor, do we really have to waste our time on these five minute sessions?  Why do we have to keep hearing about evangelism, pastor?  I mean thatís really not important, is it?Ē

I remember one Wednesday night in the Bible study; the pastor sat everybody down.  He said, "Some of you have been coming to me crying.  Some of you have been coming to me with complaints.  Iím going to make a deal with you, and I believe Brother Jim will agree with me.  On the day that every one of you share your faith and tell people about Jesus, and you do that as a regular part of your everyday life, weíll stop doing those five minutes.Ē

Weíre still doing them today.  My pastor took a stand.  He said weíre going to be a witnessing church.  Some people left the church.  Some people went down the road; they went where they could have their ears tickled.  They went where they could hear what they wanted to hear.  You may not like what Iím saying, but what Iím telling you is the heart of God.  I am one that can speak with authority, and Iíll tell you why I can speak with authority.  Itís because I am submitted to authority.  I am a member of a local church.  I come under the leadership of my senior pastor, and because I am under authority, God has given me the ability to speak with authority. 

GOD WANTS HIS PEOPLE TO BE A WITNESSING PEOPLE

God wants His people to be a witnessing people.  Itís not easy to be a house evangelist, but itís worth it.  Itís absolutely worth it.  When we started doing those five minute sessions, only three out of every hundred people in our church would share their faith.  Today, forty to fifty of every hundred people share their faith.  Why did that happen?  Itís because God planted an evangelist in the house, but that wasnít enough.  You see, the evangelist can be in the house, but if a senior minister does not give the evangelist the platform, the evangelist cannot do his job. 

I thank God that He put me in a church with a pastor with vision, with a pastor who was willing to see the call on my life and release us to do what God has called us to do. 

If my pastor were here today, he would say to you, ďOh yes, I can teach like Jim teaches.  Oh yes, I can encourage you to share your faith, but do you know when I did it, people didnít move.  But when Jim does it, they move.  Itís nothing about Jim.  Itís nothing about the pastor; itís about the anointing.Ē

God has anointed some to be apostles to plant, to keep things in order, to have an overall vision of everything.  God has planted prophets.  They speak thus sayeth the Lord.  They give direction of what God wants us to do today.  Heís planted pastors.  They love the sheep; they shepherd the sheep.  They hold the sheep, and Heís planted teachers who can teach.  They disciple you; they give you an overall knowledge of the Bible, and we need all of that.  But, if we donít have the evangelist, the church will die.  There will be no growth.  Without the evangelist, people go to the hottest new church in town.  Thatís where the growth comes from.  We run from here to here to here; weíre fishing in other churches.  God says stop that!  Itís time to fish in the world.  Itís time to reach the lost. 

Some of you, God has called as an evangelist in the local church and itís your function to be part of the body to help equip, stir up, motivate, and help send out Godís people into your community to reach the lost.    Could that be you? 

(Editorial Note:  It is noteworthy to mention that God used brother Jim also to help stir the heart of his pastor from Jubilee Worship Center to come up with the witnessing tool: REAL LIFE STORIES that was initially used to give to people in Jim's church to take out into their community of Hobart, Indiana, which they did and still do, but that testimony book is now ALSO being used in nearly 100 countries and growing  ... not only as a non-fearful and fruitful witnessing resource, but MORE IMPORTANTLY  ... a "prototype sample - example" to motivate Pastors to create a book of testimonies of people from THEIR local church to be given out in their respective communities).



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