Who amongst us is an evangelist?

Discussion in 'Evangelism, Missions and the Persecuted Church' started by AlexanderPetzinger, Aug 29, 2019.

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  1. AlexanderPetzinger

    AlexanderPetzinger Puritan Board Freshman

    Dear Believer in Christ:

    When I applied to post here on PuritanBoard earlier this year, I was asked if I held any office in the Reformed Church that I attend here in Yuba City, CA. The choices were:

    Pastor/Teaching Elder
    Ruling Elder
    Doctor (don't know what this is referring to)
    Pastoral Intern

    I chose none because I had just become a formal member of the First Reformed Church here in my town (member of the RCUS.org). Who on this board considers themselves an evangelist or has participated in evangelistic groups as lay people (Gideons International, Navigators, etc.)? My question is an informal poll. I was thinking of posting this as a poll, but I wanted to allow for flexibility in one's answers. Also, if you can please answer what the office of Doctor is I would greatly appreciate it!

    Grace to you,
  2. Taylor Sexton

    Taylor Sexton Puritan Board Junior

    It depends on the denomination in which one is a member, I suppose. Speaking for the OPC, we have an office of evangelist, to which a man is ordained to do geographically broad ministerial work outside the context of a pastor who on the contrary “stays put,” shepherding one congregation in one place. It may not necessitate travel, though, as my friend Camden Bucey of Reformed Forum was just called to the office of evangelist by his session to continue in a more involved way the work and ministry of Reformed Forum.

    I’m new to the OPC, though. Perhaps Dr. @Alan D. Strange could explain this office in the OPC better.
  3. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    In Reformed/Presbyterian polity, the office of an evangelist usually describes a minister engaged in something like missionary work or church planting.
  4. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    I think the application meant to ask if you were ordained as an evangelist, which is an official office in some Reformed denominations. That's different from participating as a layman in evangelistic efforts.

    Doctor can also be a church office in some places, usually one designating a scholar or a teacher, as in a seminary professor.

    In many denominations, both those working as evangelists and those working as teachers are simply ordained to the same office as a pastor/minister/teaching elder. But since, in both cases, the work is fairly different from the work of a typical pastor, some denominations recognize it as a separate office.
  5. Edward

    Edward Puritanboard Commissioner

    PCA Book of Church Order

    8-6. When a teaching elder is appointed to the work of an evangelist in foreign countries or where there are no other PCA churches within a reasonable distance, he is commissioned for a renewable term of twelve months to preach the Word, to administer the Sacraments, to receive and dismiss members of mission churches, and to train potential officers. By separate actions the Presbytery may in extraordinary situations commission him to examine, ordain and install ruling elders and deacons and organize churches.
  6. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

    Looking at the RCUS Constitution, I'm guessing the correspondence is roughly this:

    Pastor/Teaching Elder -- Minister of the Word
    Ruling Elder -- Elder
    Deacon -- Deacon
    Doctor -- Teacher of Theology
    Evangelist -- I don't see this role in the RCUS.
    Pastoral Intern -- Student for the Ministry/Licentiate

    http://www.rcus.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/constitution-2017.pdf Section 3, Offices
  7. AlexanderPetzinger

    AlexanderPetzinger Puritan Board Freshman

    I looked over the RCUS Constitution several times. The word "evangelist" doesn't exist in the entire document. I have often pondered the fact that too many in the Reformed Church have historically been weak in evangelism. My own pastor once related a meeting he had with a fellow pastor who claimed he could recognize if an individual was one of the elect by just looking into their eyes. Can you think of the implications of this heresy?! Perhaps this "pastor" withholds sound council to those who earnestly seek help (but he refuses to offer any in good faith based upon his presumptuousness). Can you say "hyper-calvinism"?
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