Our Manual calls for three "levels" of evangelists: registered, commissioned, and tenured.
Basically, these levels are based on length of service... (registered--elder or district licensed who declares pursuit of evangelism; commissioned--"registered" for two years; tenured--commissioned for four or more years)
My question is this: What is the purpose of such designations? TO ME it seems rather meaningless except in terms of status.
Among other things, whether we like it our not, if I announce that I have a commissioned evangelist coming, NONE of the laity in my church would have any idea what the "commissioned" qualifier means. I would go so far as to say that MOST of the rest of the laity across the country wouldn't either... (Honestly, I had a general idea but had to look it up for accuracy, myself.)
Can someone here give the actual logic used when these labels were created? What aspect of evangelism makes such designations important but doesn't apply to pastors? That is, why not registered, commissioned, and tenured pastors?
Has the time come to do away this artificial hierarchy? (Remember my mantra: simplify, simplify, simplify...)
Any other thoughts on the issue?