Evangelism is actively seeking people to invite them to be a part of the Body of Christ. People that are sought are of all genders, races, ethnicities, economic statuses, political stances, and any other category one might use to label a person. The Body of Christ is open to anyone to participate.
The Body of Christ means a community of believers who place their faith in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and who support each other through different avenues of expression. Those avenues might include: worshiping, praying, sharing meals, reading scripture, discussing current events and issues, supporting each other through the highs and lows of life, participating in community events, taking long trips together, seeking justice through service, and all kinds of other things that help build up an individual and a community. The underlying principle that is communicated and lived out is this: Love God and love your neighbor.
Seeking people to participate in the Body can happen many different ways. Mostly, the methods should be positive and welcoming, not negative and shaming. Rather than making someone feel guilty, evangelists should encourage the people around them to be a part of something that has enriched their lives to the fullest extent.
Evangelism means spreading the good news that despite how awful the world is and how awful our lives may seem, there is hope that it won’t always be this way. There is hope for redemption. That means eventually, everything will be made new again and we can be part of that coming change here and now, as the Body of Christ. Evangelism means sharing the story of God’s redemption of all existence through Jesus Christ, who gave his life so that all might be saved. Evangelism means inviting people to be truly present to the reality of God’s Kingdom and to live into that presence along with others.