Evangelistic “success” is often defined by the number of “decisions for Christ”—those who raise their hands . . . come to the altar . . . pray the sinner’s prayer. However, the definition of success, when measured by the “fruit that remains” (Jn. 15:16) indicates that decisionmaking does not always result in disciple-making. In fact, upon closer study, many of the evangelistic methods commonly used by churches and Christians today have been shown to be ineffective—and even counter-productive—in producing disciples and responsible church members. In this article, Charles Arn contrasts the difference in practice and results between traditional evangelism vs. effective disciple-making.
Arn, C. (2013). Evangelism or Disciple-Making?. Great Commission Research Journal, 5(1), 73-82. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol5/iss1/8