Our second myth about being a disciple and making disciples is about the relationship between evangelism and discipleship. As Evangelicals we are very keen to emphasize the importance of evangelism; calling people to follow Jesus Christ. This highlights the difficulty in defining the difference between evangelism and discipleship.
Yesterday’s myth-that discipleship only happens at the beginning of the Christian journey-further complicates things by almost dissolving evangelism into discipleship. When does evangelism stop and discipleship kick off? Is evangelism part of discipleship or does it have a completely separate life of its own?
A friend of may father’s, Danut Manastireanu, said that “Evangelism is discipleship of the non-believer and discipleship is the evangelism of the believer”. What do you think?