Entries by Tony

Gatherers are not Evangelists – Distinction 2

In my just-shy-of-forty-years of vocational ministry, I have met six evangelists who self-identify as evangelists. Perhaps I am not hanging out in the right places, but I am not meeting large numbers of men and women who will raise a hand when asked, “Are you a gifted evangelist?” The gifted evangelists I know are amazing. […]

Gatherers are not Evangelists – distinction 1

Gatherers are not evangelists in at least three ways. First, they do not necessarily share the entirety of the gospel. They don’t give a gospel presentation­ to unsaved people as we would commonly think an evangelist would. Gatherers gather people who need to hear about and know Jesus Christ. Gatherers bring the unsaved into the […]

Gathering and Other Gifts

How does Gathering interface with other gifts? Is there a pure Gatherer gift? And He gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to […]

The Gathering Gift

We do not find gatherers listed in the New Testament gift lists, so why or how do we call gathering a spiritual gift? Let me build fences around what I believe is true about gatherers and gathering. Hopefully these fences will corral the truth. Profound cultural expression Twenty Greek words and 183 occurrences of these […]

Gathering to Jesus’ Mission

Gatherers have been around for 2,000 years or more. They have been used to start churches for 2,000 years. How pervasive is the idea of gathering to Jesus’ mission? There are twenty Greek words that translate the semantic concept in the New Testament of gathering to mission (Gathering to Mission, p. 42 to begin). These […]

When is it CHURCH?

Lewis Chafer says, The organized church is recognized in the New Testament. A church existed wherever a group of believers were met together in the bonds of fellowship. This meeting of Christians answered the fundamental meaning of the name church, by which they were identified. They were a called out assembly. There were notable advantages […]