Soul winner. Evangelist. Missionary. All are terms used to describe those who actively seek the lost to bring them to Christ.
But how about “door-keeper?”
That was Samuel Shoemaker’s term – and I love how he puts it.
“I stand by the door. I neither go too far in, nor stay too far out. The door is the most important door in the world – it is the door through which men walk when they find God. There’s no use in my going way inside, and staying there, when so many are still outside and they, as much as I, crave to know where the door is. And all that so many ever find is only the wall where a door ought to be. They creep along the wall like blind men, with outstretched, groping hands. Feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door, yet they never find it . . . So I stand by the door.
“The most tremendous thing in the world is for people to find that door – the door to God. The most important thing anyone can do is to take hold of one of those blind, groping hands, and put it on the latch – the latch that only clicks and opens to the man’s own touch. Men die outside the door . . . They live on the other side of it – live because they have found it. Nothing else matters compared with helping them find it, and open it, and walk in, and find Him . . . So I stand at the door.”
Door-keeper. When thought of this way, it’s probably the only ministry in the Church everyone can be involved in, and certainly the one all of us should be involved in – helping others to find the way to God.