By Dr. Ken Blue “And he gave some… evangelists…” Ephesians 4:11 Although all believers are to do the work of evangelism, the Evangelist was not called to do the work of the Apostle, Prophet or the Pastor. His was a specific ministry of taking the gospel message to the lost. The missionary who goes to the lost and preaches the gospel is doing what was intended for the evangelist. In fact, since there is no designated ministry of a missionary, they, the missionaries, are in reality the evangelist. James M. Gray says, “literally, God Himself is an evangelist, for He preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham” (Gal 3:8); Jesus Christ was an evangelist, for He also “preached the gospel” (Luke 20:1); Paul was an evangelist as well as an apostle (Rom 1:15); Philip the deacon was an evangelist (Act 21:8); and Timothy, the pastor (2 Tim 4:5); and indeed all the early disciples who, on being driven out of Jerusalem, “went everywhere preaching the word” (Act 8:4). But Eph 4:11 teaches that one particular order of the ministry, distinguished from every other, is singled out by the Head of the church for this work in a distinctive sense. All may possess the gift of an evangelist in a measure, and be obligated to exercise its privilege and duty, but some are specially endued with it. “He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.
The Evangelist has a specific ministry of taking the gospel message to the lost.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.