Do the Work of an Evangelist

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Yes, I am overstating this observation, but not by much.  Paul told Timothy to do the work of an evangelist – even tough the church in Ephesus was growing at an explosive rate.  Biblical archeologists conjecture that church was at the time of 1 Timothy when Paul wrote those words, a church of at least 20,000 – perhaps 30,000.  An amazing revival was happening.  Yet Paul urged, “Do the work of an evangelist…”

Why so?  When the senior leader stops gathering, the end of what apparently is now is in sight.

All churches that are quickened by God’s presence – that are experiencing the dynamic of Big God showing up continually – have a unique beginning story.  Listen to a few and you will see – they have amazing, one of a kind stories.

On the other hand, they all have the exact same ending.  The top-level leaders stop caring about the not-yet gathered in their personal lives – they quit gathering, and what was once vital and alive, dies from the inside out.

Such deaths are not immediately evident.

The branch cut off from the vine looks alive for a few days – maybe a week.  Then it becomes evident it is dead.

So it is with the appearance of spiritual life versus the reality of life.

Originally posted 2007-11-28 06:56:48.

Steve has spoken, mentored and modeled to churches and leaders around the world with the simple message that anyone – regardless of their gifting or experience – can be involved in bringing God’s loving kindness to others. His first book, Conspiracy of Kindness has been translated into several languages with more in the works. His first book has sold over 300,000 copies. Altogether his books have sold over 500,000 copies.

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  1. Thanks Steve. I can get in lead (translation: over-pastor my leaders and already-theres) mode fairly quickly. I (translation: me, Kent) need to keep my dollars in my pocket to giveaway, my noticing radar on as you say above, and a smile on. Thanks again.
    Kent

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