“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
Instead of words that capture the immediacy of the moment—preach, win, convert—Jesus sees as being necessary a slower profile word, if his long-term mission for the church is to be accomplished—make disciples. To make disciples is a far more personal pursuit than the impersonal task of proclamation. Out of the nurturing of relationships, in the coming and going of the day, we are embracing a role that builds trust and brings others to a place of considering Christ. Knowing that only the Holy Spirit can accomplish conversion, we are part of the educational process of making Jesus known to the world.