The Evangelist’s Dilemma
– Robbie Cairncross
Most evangelists I have spoken to in the last 25 years all say the same thing. In church, they all feel like a round peg in a square hole. There are a number of reasons for this. Most churches are pastoral and not apostolic. They do not embrace the fivefold ministry. They are thus inward looking and not outward. They want to gather pastorally rather than grow evangelically. Those with an evangelistic calling are very seldom recognised or acknowledged, and even less seldom sent out. Those comfortable, seated in the pews, are threatened by those wanting to go out to get whomsoever healed, saved, and set free.
Evangelists, because of the divine calling, are forced to leave and start preaching, then no longer having a home to return their harvest. They are then branded as being rebellious. Churches then call on external evangelists. They import evangelists, are then restricted, and most often are not allowed to take up an offering to defray their expenses. A honorarium is sometimes also not given, and the erection of a teaching table is a no no. If the evangelist then speaks about money to his pastoral host, he is seen as a money grabber. For the last 26 years, our evangelist ministry is based on the model of Paul. As he, we have partners. If we had relied on merely church support, we would not have got past month one and hundreds of thousands would certainly not have been saved. So here is the evangelist’s dilemma. When invited, do they give conditions for their coming or do they just accept an invitation knowing that they will be exploited once again? In spite of this spiritual financial abuse, the church is growing like never before mostly through the determined work of independent faithful evangelists focused on following their calling.
JOY! Magazine (April 2019)