[Jesus] did not say, “Make converts,” or “Make Christians.” Being a convert or a Christian does not necessarily equip reproduction. Many Christians are spiritually sterile; many don’t take the gospel forward. When a disciples is made, two good things happen: a disciples is healthy and godly; disciples reproduce themselves, and some become disciple makers, resulting in multiplication. Therefore, disciples solve the crisis at the heart of the church. Disciple making creates a quality produce and an effective work force. This is God’s plan for the church.
For too long we have attempted to make converts. Once you are a convert, you can stop. Or we have tried to “make Christians.” But Christian, culturally defined at least, is a label, not a task. You can’t get around the word “disciple” without the meaning of follower…someone who is becoming like someone else.