For preach the gospel, an evangelist should preach the gospel. To do that, he must preach the actual gospel, not get professions of faith. He should be squared away on the gospel. It should be a true one. I'm not going to explain that in this post, but that is very important to me. As a pastor, I would want that as of vital importance. The evangelist should know the gospel.
As an aside, consider with me the doctrine of "spiritual warfare." This comes from 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. I would want a missionary to do spiritual warfare, that is, pull down the strongholds in people's minds, the ones keeping them from salvation, using the spiritual weapon, scripture. Knowing scripture better helps with spiritual warfare. I call this the skillful use of the sword after Ephesians 6:17. "Word" there is the Greek word, rhema, not logos, so it is the use of the particular passage necessary to win the spiritual battle. But I digress.
The evangelist knows the gospel and then he preaches it to everyone. I think of Matthew 13. The seed should be sown on every type of soil: hard, rocky, thorny, and good -- in other words, everyone. In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul wrote that some sow and some water. Sowing is the job of the evangelist. Jesus commands in Mark 16:15, preach the gospel to every creature. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think most evangelists take this part seriously.
Asking an evangelist if he will preach the gospel to every creature, I've found, is offensive, when asked. I stopped asking it of evangelists (missionaries), but it is still what I wanted. It is what I expect of me as a missionary.
It's possible at this juncture, you think that one person can't do that. I understand that thought. I know it isn't a one man job. It should be the goal either for the one evangelist or others working with the one evangelist or trained by him. His narrative should include the gospel is being preached systematically to everyone. He's trying to do that. I also understand the concept of the "free offer of the gospel." Not everyone will want to hear it. It isn't preaching it to everyone, but trying to preach it to everyone.
The second part of what I want from a missionary relates to the word "mission." "Mission" comes from the Great Commission. What is the Great Commission? I don't mean to sound demeaning, but most missionaries wouldn't be able to answer that question, according to what scripture says. If I said, you don't know what the Great Commission is, most missionaries would be offended. I don't say that, but bear with me again here.
Matthew 28:19-20 has one verb. What is it? Could most missionaries answer that question? There is one verb and three participles. What is the verb and what are the participles? How do the participles function with relations to the verb? The verb is the Great Commission. It is an imperative. There is one command in those two verses. What is it?
It is the verb translated, "teach," the Greek word, matheteuo, or "make disciples." The Lord Jesus Christ with all authority both in heaven and in earth commands the church to make disciples. I say, the church, because "you" is plural. He is speaking to everyone there in that first church. Are people in churches making disciples? Do missionaries expect themselves to make disciples? How? I think many don't have a clue. I don't mean that in a condescending or demeaning way. If you are a missionary and you do havc a clue, then you know I don't mean you.
I want a missionary to obey the mission. Is he a missionary if he isn't? The imperative, "make disciples," depends on the three participles: go, baptize, and teach. Those participles modify "make disciples." One cannot make disciples, obey the mission, without go, baptize, and teach. "Teach" is a different Greek word than the other word "teach," and it is the more common word. However, I often say someone hasn't taught anything unless someone learns it. It's not a lecture if it is teaching. Much more can be said on that. How does someone ensure someone is learning? And, therefore, someone is teaching?
These are the most basic things I wanted from missionaries. They are controversial and offensive usually. They are what I expect and want for me as a missionary. If that brings more confidence to you about what I will do, then perhaps you would support us in doing it as we start in Oregon and then later go to England, as I wrote in my last post. Someone already called. Maybe you would too.
As a pastor for thirty-three years, I wanted to reproduce what we did through a missionary (evangelist). That could be done if someone preached the gospel and fulfilled the mission. I'm going to do that, Lord-willing, if the Lord tarries and I live.