Making Converts vs. Making Disciples
As this video vividly demonstrates, discipling one person a year is the same as converting 1000 people to Christ after 22 years, assuming that the person we disciple continues the process with others. And, after that watershed year, the difference rises exponentially—by 2043 every person on earth would be a follower of Jesus. Additionally, if 10,000 Christians began discipling in this manner today it would only take 10 years to reach the world with the gospel!
Of course, making disciples is much more than mathematics. Our research has revealed that making disciples is a process that involves a one-on-one relationship between two people. Making disciples is not an event or something that happens automatically through a prayer. When we are talking about radical life change through submission to Jesus, it generally takes people a year or more. This challenges us—as Jesus followers—to adopt a mentoring approach to making disciples. It means intentionally seeking others with whom we can establish authentic, loving relationships; teaching them how to follow Jesus, and equipping them to do the same thing all over again with someone else.
Are you doing these things? If not, what needs to change about your disciple-making strategy?