Evangelists and Pastors

October 19th, 2007

Had an interesting conversation with a good friend the other day. We were talking about Evangelists and Pastors. One statement I thought was pretty good so I thought I would share it.

“Evangelists look to God and ask how to reach the people for Christ. Pastors look at the people and ask God how to bring them closer to Christ. If the Evangelist takes his eyes off God he struggles and if the Pastor takes his eyes off the people he struggles”.

Of course this is only a very generalised statement, but it reverberated inside me. As someone who is primarily gifted as an Evangelist, I find I need more time alone with God than most people. I need to regularly sit in God’s presence and talk with Him. As a result of these times I then move out and do the things God places on my heart.

I find I struggle when I get too busy with things (including ministry) because I miss out on that time with God. I find too busy for me is doing a lot less things than most people. I am sure at times people don’t understand this, but it is just how I am wired.

I guess in a way this is a bit like Jesus Himself. In the midst of His busyness, He always took time out to be with the Father. The Bible tells us that He only did what the Father in heaven was doing. I can relate to that as I find that this time alone with God not only refreshes and empowers me, but it helps me to be more focussed on a few things and be much more effective in them.