In the New Testament, the "evangelist" held a very important role among the "churches of Christ."
The apostle Paul said it best in Romans 10:14; "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" Paul spent many years not only preaching in local churches, but also instructing other ministers, such as Titus and Timothy. Among the many instructions he gave them was this exhortation: "If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed." (1 Timothy 4:6).
The word evangelist is translated from the Greek word, "evangelistes" ("a messenger of good"), and is used in the New
Testament along with other relevant terms, "evangelizo" ("to preach good news") and "evangelion" ("good news, or gospel"). An evangelist is not an "employee" of the local church, but is a partner with the local church. They utilize his dedication and knowledge of the Bible to preach the gospel; and, if able, financially support his work. And he is a servant of the Lord, commanded to preach only God's word, held accountable to the Lord, and yet working in partnership with the local brethren. The local church is commanded by the Lord to support evangelists, both financially (1 Corinthians 9:3-14) and morally (Romans 1:11-12; and 1 Corinthians 16:17-18). Together, a faithful evangelist and a dedicated local church make great partners in the work of the Lord.
Currently, we are seaching for our next full time evangelist due to our last preacher of 16 years moving to be closer to family. We are excited about this search and the new chapter at Fishers! In the mean time, our Elders, Deacons, and young members are stepping up to fill the roles of preaching and teaching.