What is the biblical equivalent of a “missionary” in the NT?
Many people in the house church movement have been good to point out to us that the Pastor (as-we-know-it-today) is not in the New Testament. The NT had elders who were involved in local house churches. Pastors were part of the five-fold gifts of Christ (Eph 4). Elders on the other hand were appointed and chosen because of personal character issues and leading a family (Titus 1/ I Tim 3). To be an elder is never called a gift!
The word missionary is not found in the NT and yet today we call everybody who goes overseas to do almost any type of service missionaries. Actually, a missionary can be a missionary in his hometown. What is the biblical equivalent of a missionary to the scriptures: is it apostle? I don’t think so…
This is my question: “Is being a missionary, as we know them, a biblical concept?”