Another of the gifts to the body of Christ is the evangelist. In the church we have people that are identified as evangelists. Most view them as full-time ministers who go to various locations and preach revival messages. The noun evangelist occurs only three times in the New Testament [Eph 4:11, Acts 21:8, and 2Tim 4:5] and is defined as a “good news bearer”.
Because Phillip is designated as an evangelist, his preaching to the Ethiopian Eunuch has apparently led to the notion that evangelists travel and introduce others to the gospel of Jesus Christ. This IS part of the picture. However, if evangelists are gifts to the Body of Believers, then the emphasis on their ministry does not fit the Ephesians 4:8-13 passage. Building a definition of evangelism and evangelizing is important because Jesus’ commission includes “Go into all the world and preach (G2785) the gospel (G2098) [Mark 16:13].