In this brief video from The Exchange, Ed Stetzer interviews Robert Coleman during Exponential and this highlight was shared.
Dr. Coleman wrote the classic The Master Plan of Evangelism and was at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School when I was there. Unfortunately, I never had a class with him (it didn’t fit my schedule), but my evangelism classes from Trinity shape this ministry today.
When does Discipleship Start?
In this brief except, Coleman answers Stetzer’s question.
Stetzer writes about evangelism being a pre-discipleship journey, that the whole process of evangelism is a journey towards faith, a view I happen to share and write on as well.
I hold that the evangelistic journey is a process over time that grows people into a relationship with Christ. Discipleship continues after surrender.
Other’s may hold that the entire journey is part of the process of discipleship – showing Jesus and His teachings to one not yet a believer. It’s simply the pre-conversion stage in the disciplemaking process.
How do you see it?
Feel free to share a quick thought in the comments below.