I guess my language could be more clear. Since we don’t have great language for evangelists or apostles, we tend to blur them in my mind. If no one will do it with me and I really think it needs to happen, then I go do it alone but I have people praying for me and asking me questions about it. 2. 7 As you go, preach this message: “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, and cleanse those who have leprosy. Join the Beyond Awkward Web Course based off of Beau's Book. What I am trying to say is that the apostle is most responsible/gifted to make new churches (out) and the evangelists wins people to the Lord and tends to recruit them to the church making it grow (up). Mark 16:19-20, KJV So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. Answer: The theory that the apostle Paul was a false prophet and not a true follower of Christ is usually put forth by those of the Hebrew roots movement persuasion, among others. Evangelists recruit people to what exists. In fact they may really prefer it. Now, you can be an evangelistic apostle and this is what I am. I so enjoyed your explanation on the difference between the office of an Evangelist and the office of an Apostle. Now I understand why God has now placed me under an Apostle to teach me further. They believe Christians should submit to the Old Testament Law, but Paul clearly disagrees with them, proclaiming that Christians are no longer under … Question: "What is the difference between a disciple and apostle?" But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. I didn’t mean it to be a limiting definition, just a way to help you see the core function of each calling. I then had a dream where the Lord told me to read Mark 5. God has called many believers to the offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. what is so special about an evangelist? They both refer to people that have a leadership role to guide and advice people regarding their spirituality. Bob, you make a good point. Read: How to Identify An Apostolic Leader, Read: How to Identify an Evangelist in Your Ministry. They make relationships with outsiders and then recruit them to Jesus and the local church. As the name itself suggests, it is the quintessentially missional ministry, as ‘sentness’ (Latin mission) is written into it (apostello = sent one).” [i]. FREE Ebook walking you through the callings of the Apostolic, Prophetic, and Evangelistic. i like that grow out and grow up but i agree with the article too. It was literally like I could hear God ten times more clearly once I finally knew what the apostolic was and how it was different from an evangelistic calling. Like seeing the community grow bigger and more full of new Christians. He may become offended by the evangelist's poor use of Scripture, and reject him because of it. I also want to ask that I had a revelation and I saw a form of a man taking me to different nations and asking me to preach His word becos He is coming very soon does it mean I have an Apostolic call…pls I need reply ..thanks.. He is called by God is to raise up and release people that want to start new ministries (apostolic) as well as people that want to share their faith (evangelists). Jesus: “Don’t go to the outsiders or to the towns inhabited by Samaritans, a people whose Jewish ancestors married Gentiles. EVANGELIST. Be careful about the visions you receive and always discern them inside of trusted community and the word of God. Both these callings are “extending” the kingdom (apostles planting and evangelists by reaching new people) so It’s easy to clump them. Not all evangelists do. I see your point about me having it backwards and I think that is a valid way to talk about it too. But, in this season, there is such a heavy calling to evangelize; which I love doing. Print. They travel outside of the local area and sphere of the mother/founding church. But what makes an apostle truly apostolic is their gifting to break new ground and start new things. I had great language for the evangelist gifts and calling and I would have said everything written above is what evangelists care about. As the name “prophet” suggests, prophesying will be the dominant feature of a prophet’s ministry.To prophesy simply means to speak forth a revelation we have personally received from God (the Greek word literally means to “speak forth”). There are even a few people who have all those offices inside of them! Every person who believes in Jesus is called His disciple. You also mention that planters don’t have the ability to recruit or present the gospel with clarity. What makes an evangelist truly gifted is their ability to share the gospel well, clearly and in a connecting way so people come to Christ. @beaucrosetto http://wp.me/p2D25o-ip, How to Identify an Evangelist in Your Ministry, http://www.cmaresources.org/video/APEST-team_n-cole, http://cole-slaw.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/gift-of-apostle-catalyzes-movement.html, Wants to go outside the local church/community, Wants to start something new for people “outside” the church. It is still a communal call but I may do the “task” alone. Someone had asked on a different site the difference and I googled and found your explanation. Some spiritual gifts are presented where the person is not distinguished from their function. As nouns the difference between prophet and apostle is that prophet is someone who speaks by divine inspiration while apostle is a missionary, or leader of a religious mission, especially one in the early christian church (but see apostle) or apostle can be (legal) a letter dismissory. Chris: I agree with everything you say and will be writing posts on those things you suggest. I was playing drums for Audrey Tom. I met you once at an IV event at Bel Air Pres. I am not sure what that vision was and if it was from God or not. I am an evangelist. What would you add or take away? So then an apostle starts new things… with what? Their power was to hurt men five months. Missionary Vs. Apostle: How They Differ & Are Similar. What is the difference between a Apostle,Prophet, and Disciple | … I feel like I connect more with the apostolic descriptions and feel a sense to plant. ...bringing hope, restoring joys, changing minds. 11 It was the risen One who handed down to us such gifted leaders—some emissaries,[a] some prophets, some evangelists, as well as some pastor-teachers— 12 so that God’s people would be thoroughly equipped to minister and build up the body of the Anointed One. Just like in the natural there are some people that we refer to as Renaissance people who do it all as far as natural gifts go, i.e., visual artists+singer+writer+multiple instrument player+chef+philosopher, etc…or maybe just a few like poet/artist – I would encourage you never to just go start stuff and not process with community first and during. Sometimes, the word apostle is used to mean the pioneering Christian evangelist of a country. Other than that, their specific calling was the same; that is, to receive direct revelation from God (usually about future events) and to pass that along to others. 14 Then we will no longer be like children, tossed around here and there upon ocean waves, picked up by every gust of religious teaching spoken by liars or swindlers or deceivers. 6 Go instead to find and heal the lost sheep of Israel. We need them both, but lets not confuse them! Drive out demons from the possessed. I love it! A disciple is a follower … You are such great (teaching), explanation. Apostle means someone who is sent on a mission. And the evangelist can't learn from the prophet even if he wanted to. ” (Romans 2:28-29), To me it appears that the Evangelical call is to the Lost, the Apostolic call is to the strayed Sheep of the Church (which is Israel). And planters don’t have the ability to recruit and the gospel clarity that a lot of evangelists have. CONCLUSION. I would love to! But a question arose in my head as I was writing the post: Why does that mean you are apostolic and not just evangelistic? I love to share the gospel to new friends/ new people and invite them 2 the church in Jesus name.. have a blessed day and let us keep up doing the will of God. I have clear understanding and the explanation was detailed thank you, Thanks for the teaching. It could be…this does not mean your a called apostle. Paul went to new territories & started churches amongst pagans…. “The evangelist is the recruiter to the cause, the naturally infectious person who is able to enlist people into the movement by transmitting the gospel.”[1], “The apostle is tasked with the overall vigor, as well as extension of Christianity as a whole, primarily through direct mission and church planting. I would like to learn more about how these two gifts work together in a gift set! Beau is the author of "Beyond Awkward: when talking about Jesus is outside your comfort zone". I have had this strong desire to know who I am right now, and through reading the article and everyone’s comments, I realize I am a gifted Evangelist, but with Apostolic characteristics. Thank you for allowing this to be an open forum, it was very insightful, and I was able to receive further clarity on the difference between an Apostle and Evangelist. God bless u for the post, it has really helped me in shaping my mindset about the ministry of an Apostle. Evangelists want to reach new people who are not hearing the gospel and recruit them to Jesus and communities that already exist. 12 different authors inside. Someone who champions a critical reform movement, belief or cause (more so in the Christian context). @beaucrosetto, Planters create things that don’t exist. Jeff, thanks for the comment. In the New Testament Gospels, apostle is usually reserved for the 12 men Jesus chooses to comprise his close circle of followers. Recently my pastor had encouraged us to seek the Lord about what our gifts are, he said specifically ask about 3 gifts. Apostles are what we would call trans-local: they are generally sent outside the local group to go and plant things that are not happening. The Lord raised me as an Evangelist before I even understood the call of an Evangelist. Apostles plant new churches, while evangelists tend to build existing ones. What do you think of the idea that apostles are catalytic generalists who usually bring along a share of all of those other abilities when they go out to start something new? The "sent ones" from the son: The Twelve. A Prophet is someone that has been ordained by GOD from birth to speak about the mind of God, to the people, he is a spirit filled man who tells what is to come, he has a world of authority to bind and loose, which i see as God's representative on earth. What do you think of my distinction between apostle and evangelist? Answer: "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-12). < A prophet is “raised up in their midst.” An apostle is “sent to” a specific place, group or group within a group. Neil writes on his blog, ‘I believe that part of the apostolic genius is not so much the apostle’s own hands-on ministry, as it is his or her ability to get others to spread the message.’ – http://cole-slaw.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/gift-of-apostle-catalyzes-movement.html. I already know I have the gift of a Pastor/Prophet/Teacher they are evident in my life. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. In a non-religious context, apostle may be used to mean someone who vigorously supports an idea or advocates for a reform of some sort. An Apostle and a prophet are basically the same thing in differing religions. And so now I believe that ALL Believers have an evangelical call on them, but not necessarily the five fold “office” of such in the church (all the five fold are called to build up the church – Ephesians 4:11-15The Voice (VOICE). Evangelists are what we would call super-local: they are generally very connected to the local sphere and founding church and help build on that. 1. so how did they become followers of Jesus if not by hearing the Gospel evangelistically from Paul ? Apostle Philip was a faithful, dedicated evangelist who had a supernatural experience no other person had. I think you have these two gifts confused. Here is how you can tell the difference between an evangelist and an apostle. The answer to "apostle" vs. "disciple" is that it depends on which text you are reading. Certainly here in the UK most people would be unlikely to think beyond pastors and evangelists. We tend to be out on a limb many times. The relevant section starts at 9 mins 45 secs but it’s good to hear the earlier stuff too. All apostolic people plant things. This below refers to the evangelical call we all CAN have but don’t necessarily make room for in our lives, as this greatly enhances the great commission work (notice is does NOT include raising the dead in the natural (just the spiritual) by using the compassion tools & signs of supernatural workings & protection for believers to draw the lost & confirms the gospel message: 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. ', the Pastor is the Teacher being talked about, THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AN APOSTLE, A PROPHET, AN EVANGELIST AND A PASTOR/TEACHER EXPLAINED. No doubt that Paul had both and used both. For years I have been trained, developed and called an evangelist in InterVarsity. Matthew 28:19–20 records … It’s a good post, Beau. Answer: Every apostle was a disciple, but not every disciple was an apostle. 15 Instead, by truth spoken in love, we are to grow in every way into Him—the Anointed One, the head. 5 Jesus sent out these twelve with clear instructions: But I always try my best to include community still. God bless. Especially when it is new things that involve lots of … - Ephesians 4 vs 11 Hello Dearly Beloved in the LORD JESUS. This is part of the reason it was so hard for me to understand the difference, but also why the language of the apostolic, when I finally got doused with it, really hit me and opened up a whole new world of thinking for me. It’s really useful to think and share around these ideas. 3:1). Greetings to you from GOD our FATHER even the LORD JESUS. He was taken up by the Holy Spirit from Gaza and was instantly transported to Azotus where he continued to preach the Gospel as he made his way home to Caesarea then he was visited by Apostle Paul, Luke and others. Please let us know in the comments. In the Roman Catholic Church, the bishop is an office where they … They are the recruiters and they tend to have one foot in the church and one foot outside. Feel free to comment again or shoot me an email with specific questions you want answers to. Paul had a number of spiritual gifts rather than one or a couple. [This is part of a series called “What is the difference between an evangelist and an apostle?” check out the other posts here] In a recent post I wrote about the apostolic role as planter and how they love starting new things. Chiefly, he was an apostle, but he was also a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor, and a teacher. Wants to reach people outside the church/community but wants to stay connected to the local community/church. I also believe that we need more language to articulate the the role of the apostle/evangelist, especially for people like me who came out of charismatic circles where those titles were thrown around flippantly. I immediately got up & read it: the 3 stories of Jesus, casting out a legion of unclean spirits, healing the sick woman with the issue of blood & raising the 12 yr old dead girl. But I have had an inner anxiety and battle to do it. A called apostle is someone with the calling and gifting of a planter of ministry. 1) All the time I get the urge to start something new and feel by myself or all alone. I think that is part of the apostolic life. Yet the Evangelical Office is for the equipping of the saints…so I do appreciate your “breaking it down” – there are subtle differences as well as overlapping functions of the general call that we all have AND the gifting & the Office of Evangelist like you have…. Loves sharing the gospel and promoting Jesus to people they know and beyond. This can be understood in the spiritual gifts of evangelist, pastor and teacher. Question: "Was the Apostle Paul actually a false prophet?" If I sense I need to start something new, I will always tell my friends and mentors and see if any of them want to help me. 13 These ministries will continue until we are unified in faith and filled with the knowledge of the Son of God, until we stand mature in His teachings and fully formed in the likeness of the Anointed, our Liberating King. Thanks for your post! And when I say build I mean they recruit outsiders and lead them to the gospel of Jesus  but connect them to what already exists. There can be a “I am going to go do this whether anyone is coming or not” attitude in them. They don’t feel the need for the group to back them up. Roy, Thanks for reading and glad the article was helpful. The apostle is the custodian and initial planter of the gospel while the evangelist is the ongoing conscience, passion and preacher of the gospel in the established ecclesia and even bears the name good news. Thanks for taking time to hit the nail on the head of the matter that matters most, in times like this. These spirits are Apostle vs. Aboddon, Prophet vs. Jezebel, Evangelist vs. Black magic, Pastor vs. Modebel, and Teacher vs. Leviathan. The Apostle/Prophet Relationship in Successful Small Business … Can you please elaborate on this? I did this for too long and it didn’t help me understand my calling better. In Christianity, the two terms generally mean the same thing. Both are outreach oriented and gospel-centric. 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