What’s the difference between a Pastor, Evangelist, Missionary, and a Church Member?


A question from a reader: I still remember that Evangelist who came to that Baptist church I was saved under. He was powerful…..his words were at least… I’m sure God sent him.

What’s the difference between these four and obviously we have one end goal in mind…how is that accomplished in each life (gift/calling)

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9 Responses to “What’s the difference between a Pastor, Evangelist, Missionary, and a Church Member?”

  • Liza says:

    A pastor is more local and is supposed to be walking amongst the people. He’s sort of just your ordinary, everyday preacher.

    A missionary can be more of an international influence in that he usually travels around to spread the word of God

    Evangelist is just a follower of another sect of Christianity, Evangelism.

    And a church member is just your ordinary person who goes to church.

  • T says:

    Sounds like the beginning of a joke

  • FROG E says:

    They can all be the same.

    A Pastor leads a church….a missionary goes outside of a church to reach the unbelievers…an evangelist preaches the salvation message of Jesus Christ….a church member has a membership in a particular church.

  • RA says:

    Different denominations view these positions differently, but generally, the pastor is the the highest office. This is the person called by God to preach God’s Word to God’s people (the church members).

    He is generally supported by a committee of elders (sometimes just called board members).

    In some denominations he answers to the next highest authority (the bishop), but in more Evangelical churches, he answers only to his local board (but may be under authority of a higher level in the denomination which determines who can or can not hold pastoral credentials for that denomination.

    Evangelists can fill many roles, but we usually think of them as itinerant preachers — preachers who don’t stay in the same place but travel around holding “special” evangelistic services. Billy Graham is an Evangelist.This is not the only role. If you tell someone else who Jesus is and what Jesus did for you on the cross, you are filling the role of an evangelist.

    Missionaries may or may not be preachers. One can serve in the role as missionary in many levels of a missionary organization. They need not be serving in an overseas field, although many do. They are often have specialized training, and some graduate from seminary with a mission’s emphasis. But a missionary may work in many occupations — from social work to agricultural work, or medical, dental, construction, engineering, printing, teaching — the list is endless. Many do, of course, work mainly as evangelists and pastors, but a lot of today’s overseas missionary emphasis is on training local people to lead local churches.

    As Christians (and I think all Christians should be church members), we need to do our part to fill whatever role we are gifted for, but all Christians are called to be evangelists in some sense — that is one who tell others about the good news of Jesus Christ. We are all part of the priesthood of all believers, but we are all under the authority of the Word of God, and our local pastor is the primary interpreter of that Word.

  • dominador says:

    No pastor should be called as such in a church except for Christ.

    John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

    Take note: Have you read a verse in the Bible that the apostles of Christ were addressed as PASTOR?
    No verse…. why? Because they knew that the church has only ONE PASTOR.

    And how should the brethren call each other?

    MAtthew 23:7 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

    They call each other including the minister of the Church Brother & Sister.

    Why your “pastor” skipped this error? Because you joined a church NOT built by Christ 2k ago (Matthew 16:18). Have you read a church in the Bible: Baptist Church? And you are called a baptist. Why… do you baptist? Misnomer.

    And what church should one join to get the true teachings of God?

    There are 10-12 verses in the Bible where the apostles teach the true Christians. I & II Cor 1:1-2; I Tim 3:15 etc etc…

    Why call it The Church of God and Baptist Church?
    II Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    Anything of God shall be called by His name.

    And how can you The Church of God built by Christ 2k ago?

    Id like you to listen to the ONLY sensible preacher in this last days. BRO ELI SORIANO.

    He is the presiding minister of The Church of God in the Bible. He has all the answers from the Bible. Test him..

    http://www.livestream.com/elisoriano

    God bless.

  • Sky Walker says:

    As long as they testify to the “Gospel of Jesus Christ” in season and out of season they all have different gifts of the spirit but the same goal and they are all servants.
    God Bless

  • bobbycherian49 says:

    The church is God’s household, the body of Christ. Every person is primarily a member of the body of Christ. The hand is a member of the body,legs are members of a body,mouth and eyes are also members and lungs and heart and kidney too are members. The hair is also an essential part of our body. Likewise pastors,missionaries,evangelists are members of the body of Christ.
    The hand is doing the evangelistic work. It stretches out and take a morsel of food and give it to the mouth. The work of the evangelist is finished. But the food has not become a part of the body. The teeth and saliva and the tongue change its shape and form and make it a fine paste. Then it is swallowed. But it has not become a part of the body. In the stomach it goes through many acid treatments and finally after many hours it is absorbed in the blood and it is sent to all parts of the body to become a part of the body.These works are done by pastors,teachers and prophets.
    Missionaries are church planters. They go live somewhere for months and years. People are saved and discipled and a church begins. It is the responsibility of the missionary to appoint elders to the church who can pastor,prophesy, teach and carry on evangelistic works and other ministries.
    Though all these ministries are there these ministers are only brothers and will not be known under the title of Pastor,Reverend,Minister etc. That is unscriptural and against the commandment of Jesus. Paul, Peter,or John were never pastor or reverend. There was no such practises in christiandom in the beginning. All are ordinary members in the church and those have the gifts of certain ministries are called to do that at the needed time. that’s all.

  • dee says:

    Being labourers with God,He has placed each of us in his vineyard where he wants us to work. He has given some of us many spiritual gifts to be used for Him to be glorified. Many want to limit those with those spiritual gifts in the church they attend, I guess they think you want their position. We only desire that the Lord use us when, where and how He wants to for Him to receive all the honor, glory and the praise.

  • dee says:

    I believe that The Lord has a spiritual church on this earth so that we can come together to perfect the gifts that He has given to us.

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