I have been an evangelist for over two decades. I have been mainly outside of the church in the streets and in the nations where this is not really a concern but there are many “evangelists” that make it a ministry of traveling from church to church. The practice of this is a different concern than I want to address today. I am not sure why a doctor is needed at a funeral home just I am not sure why an evangelist likes to be where saved people are.
However, the meat of this article is the lack of servanthood among evangelists. They are Zig Ziglar or John Maxwell. They are preachers of the gospel. The demands of many evangelists to “come and preach” mirror speakers in the corporate world much more than they do the Apostles in the book of Acts.
Many ministries ask for things like this:
- First Class Airfare
- Stay at Marriott
- protein bars, trails mix, turkey jerky, & fruit; Gatorade
- A rental car
- A gas card
I am not sure where these guys get this idea that they are to make these demands. I just can’t see the Apostle Peter, Paul, or John having these requests to the church at Ephesus or Corinth. In fact, the reality, we know a lot of how Paul did travel by his own words,
Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. (2 Corinthians 11:23-27)
It is crazy for these men to think they are corporate speakers to the church and should travel in a way that only larger church can have them in. At the end of the day, it is about big offering, honorariums, and selling books and messages. No church of 100 could ever bring in anyone making these demands.
A true evangelist will go anywhere to preach the gospel no matter what he has to do to make it happen. He will sleep in his car, if needed, to see souls saved. He lives with the reality of “he that wins souls is wise.” The real evangelists are not found going from church to church but they are found in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and prisons preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
At the end of the day, true evangelists are servants of humanity.