“As we come close to people by listening, meeting needs, and building relationships, they will desire to know the One we are revealing through our love. Inviting people to follow Jesus can be as simple as an invitation to church, a small group, or Bible study. Many times the answer to why someone has not made the next step in their spiritual journey and made a commitment to Christ is simply this: they have not yet been invited. It’s essential to take the time to invite. ‘Would you like to come?’ ‘Would you like to study?’ ‘Would you like to pray together?’ Our service is not finished until we make an invitation to join us in following Jesus.”

Tara VinCross is lead pastor of the REACH Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pennsylvania, United States, and director of the REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School.