5 Tips for creating evangelistic culture in your church

By Ted Traylor

Paul says that God gave to the church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. As we read the New Testament, we find two men associated with the word evangelist. The first is Philip. He seems to have the role of one who moved around proclaiming the gospel. The other is Timothy. While we find him as the pastor at Ephesus, Paul exhorts him to do the work of an evangelist and fulfill his ministry. He does not move around as much as Philip and is more associated with a local congregation.

How do we create a culture in the local church where the work of the evangelist is accomplished? Here are some actions and convictions required to create that climate.

1. There must be a clear understanding of the Good News.

The pastor fulfilling the ministry of evangelism is not shy when it comes to the gospel. He knows what it is and proclaims it.

2. A clear vision arises from a heart with great passion.

As Vance Havner would say, “We need hearts on fire!” Teaching people to pray by name for the lost stokes that fire. I teach my people to keep a list of lost people in the front of their Bible. A man I prayed for several years was saved a few years ago. This week, he thanked me for keeping his name in my Bible.

3. Great optimism must fill the soul of a leader creating a climate of evangelism.

If the pastor does not expect fruit, the members rarely will. The optimism is born out of a conviction that God can save any person, anytime, anywhere.

4. Joyful celebratory churches have a climate of evangelism.

Our Father rejoices when one person repents. An evangelistic pastor must allow the joy to spill over to his congregation. This comes with testimonies, baptisms and giving of thanks for God’s work of redemption.

5. Training is a part of the climate.

Use a tool to teach the art of gospel presentation. Take time to train people. It will build expectation and a climate of evangelism.

There is a lot of talk about climate change in our culture. Some tell us the earth is getting hotter, and we must work to cool it off. I am telling you we need climate change in the church. We are getting cooler, and we must make it hotter!

Published May 30, 2018

Ted Traylor

Since 1990 Dr. Ted Traylor is the pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. His weekly radio and television ministry, At the Heart of Things, reaches thousands of homes along the Gulf Coast and through weekly podcasts and streaming. Dr. Traylor’s bold and practical preaching brings people to a fresh understanding of God’s Word and challenges them to become bondservants for Christ. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Samford University in 1997 and a Master of Divinity (1981) and Doctor of Ministry (1986) degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to serving as First Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000 and President of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1995, Dr. Traylor was President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2004 Pastors’ Conference, 2010 Pensacola Bay Baptist Association moderator, and was part of the 2010 Great Commission Resurgence Task force team. Currently Dr. Traylor is proud to serve on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes board for the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!).