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Evangelism is the preaching of the Christian Gospel or the practice of relaying information about a particular church doctrine or Biblical truth to others with the object of conversion to Christianity. Christians who specialize in evangelism are often known as evangelists whether they are in their home communities or living as missionaries in the field.
The word "evangelist" comes from the Koine Greek word εὐαγγέλιον (transliterated as "euangelion") via Latinised Evangelium, as used in the canonical titles of the four Gospels, authored by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (also known as the Four Evangelists). The Greek word εὐαγγέλιον originally meant a reward given to the messenger for good news (εὔ = "good", ἀγγέλλω = "I bring a message"; the word "angel" comes from the same root) and later "good news" itself.
The verb form of euangelion, ehtoqualia[clarification needed] (translated as "evangelism"), occurs rarely in older Greek literature outside the New Testament, making its meaning more difficult to ascertain. Parallel texts of the Gospels of Luke and Mark reveal a synonymous relationship between the verb euangelizo (εὑαγγελίζω) and a Greek verb kerusso (κηρυσσω), which means "to proclaim".
Evangelism, as forestated, is the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others to get them to convert to Christianity, and later, receive the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ. Evangelism is usually carried out by most Christians most effectively in the form of preaching. In the COGIC, evangelism is one of the largest ministries in the entire denomination, alongside the COGIC Mission Department Ministry (in charge of spreading Christian missions throughout the United States and the world). The COGIC teaches that everyone who gets saved and receives the Holy Spirit should do their part in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Fruits of the Spirit, but nevertheless, the COGIC also teaches that only certain people can be called by God to be "evangelists." The position of "evangelist" in the Church of God in Christ, unlike the God-appointed position of a "prophet", is a position that a person called into the ministry can be ordained into if God by the grace of Jesus Christ approves. Of the many millions of people in the Church of God in Christ, tens of thousands are ordained evangelists who go all over the United States preaching and witnessing whenever they are called on by God to do so or the people of other churches who want to hear the Word of God preached by them.