Even if we do not serve in the pastoral role, we all have a responsibility to shepherd those whom God brings into our lives.
Jesus Christ brings to the world something it desperately needs: Hope. For the believer that hope includes a guaranteed home in heaven, and the sure return of the Lord Himself. That kind of hope should be overflowing our lives. It should be contagious.
From Noah, to the Old Testament Israelites, to the church today, we are called out to call others. That has always been God’s way with those He saves.
Paul was a church planter. He was used of God to start many pioneering works. He had both the advantage and disadvantage of preaching a message that had never been heard before (outside the original 12 apostles): The Gospel of Jesus Christ. And he was preaching this message to a largely pagan world.
Paul’s strategy naturally assumed that the people in the works he established would actively propagate the message. Biblically, it is the duty of every believer to do the work of an evangelist.