The journey to Christ came for me through the life and testimony of my parents, Del and Loretta Robnett. Their new found faith in Christ became a way of life for them and for our family. During the preaching of the good news of Jesus by an evangelist visiting our local church the Lord compelled me to trust in Him as my Savior and Lord. Though only seven years of age my decision to follow Christ was clear and life changing.
Evangelists typically identify themselves to other evangelists through common ministry experiences. Frequently, when an evangelist preaches, other evangelists will identify themselves by asking questions such as how to prepare for ministry, inquiring about ministry opportunities, and has innovative ideas. The infrequency of the evangelist being affirmed often leads them to seek out like-minded individuals.
Common ministry activities provide opportunities for the evangelists to partner together and gain encouragement by doing. Planned encounters by older experienced evangelists with young evangelists helps both encourage and lovingly exhort, teach and coach. Specific opportunities for training, such as conferences, also attracts the evangelist to come and be affirmed by the fact that there is something specifically prepared for them.
Equipping of the evangelist can be done through the local church, seminars, conferences, college or seminary courses, and/or collaborative mission. Intentional mentoring relationships also help elevate and accelerate their development. This isn’t just theory but has proven to be true over the life of this ministry.
Evangelists learn by doing. We believe they learn best by doing with other experienced and biblically trained evangelists. The practice of evangelism not only yields converts but also refines the skills and tools of the evangelist. Go and do. Teach and Preach. Alone and together. Mobilizing will lead to maturity as the evangelist does evangelism and trains others to do the same.