“Pastor for Evangelism”; now is that an oxymoron? And what is an oxymoron? It is a self-contradictory statement.
I came across the term recently in the Christian press and felt uncomfortable. Having pondered upon the matter I am persuaded that it is an oxymoron. Why is this? Scripture, it appears to me, indicates that God gives gifts to His church. These gifts are given so that the church would be established, strengthened and built-up. We read in Eph. 4:11-12 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. All of these gifts focus on the bringing of the Word. The apostles and prophets are the foundation gifts given to bring the Word for the establishing of the church. The evangelists are those gifted to go and reach those who are outside the church. The pastors and teachers are those gifted to build up the church and make everyone useful in God’s call upon their lives.
The evangelist is so gifted to win people to the Lord so that they are brought into the church. The pastor is so gifted that the church members are growing in the faith.
I trust therefore you appreciate why I feel the term “Pastor for Evangelism” is an oxymoron. It seems from Scripture that the person designated at “Pastor for Evangelism” should more accurately be called an evangelist.