The following is an excerpt from an article by Tyler Edwards in “Relevant” Magazine 
What if I told you that Jesus didn’t want us to win converts? What if I said that in all of Scripture we are never told to convert anyone? What if I proposed that people accepting Jesus into their life does not fulfill our mission?
Jesus isn’t looking for converts. He’s looking for disciples.
Converts are new believers. We all start as converts. Too often we stop there. We make Christianity all about what we believe. Converts aren’t bad or wrong. They are like babies. There’s nothing wrong with being a baby. The problem comes when that doesn’t change. When a baby acts like a baby, it’s cute. When a 35-year-old does, it’s sad. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”For years churches have worked to get people to make a decision to accept Christ, which is a great thing. It’s important. But what happens next? Where’s the follow up? How do we train up new Christians?
Not only is a disciple willing to die for Jesus, but they are dedicated to living every day of their life for Him.Our mission isn’t to win converts; it’s to make disciples. So what is the difference?1.    Converts are believers who live like the world. Disciples are believers who live like Jesus.2.    Converts are focused on their values, interests, worries, fears, priorities, and lifestyles. Disciples are focused on Jesus.3.    Converts go to church. Disciples are the church.4.    Converts are involved in the mission of Jesus. Disciples are committed to it.5.    Converts cheer from the sidelines. Disciples are in the game.6.    Converts hear the word of God. Disciples live it.7.    Converts follow the rules. Disciples follow Jesus.8.    Converts are all about believing. Disciples are all about being.9.    Converts are comfortable. Disciples make sacrifices.10.  Converts talk. Disciples make more disciples.A disciple is someone who whole-heartedly follows the life and example of Jesus, who makes His mission their mission, His values their values, and His heart their heart.A disciple is someone who desperately seeks to be like Jesus. A disciple is someone so committed to the cause of Christ that they would follow Him through the gates of hell and back.A disciple is someone who finds their entire identity, purpose and meaning in Jesus. Jesus is the center of their lives. They are all in, fully committed.Not only is a disciple willing to die for Jesus, but they are dedicated to living every day of their life for Him.
Tyler Edwards is the author of Zombie Church: Breathing Life Back into the Body of Christ and the Discipleship Pastor at Carolina Forest Community Church in Myrtle Beach.