- go to all the world and make disciples
- teach them everything about our faith
- and then when enough time has passed, enough classes taken, and maturity developed, the 'church' leaders will baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit so they can become members of the local 'church'.
"Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Unfortunately what often happens is that all of this is left to the professionals. Most Christians think bringing a friend to 'church' is a big enough part... The teaching, discipleship, and baptism is all left to the professionals.
But maybe it would be better if all Christ followers (myself included) took the whole great commission seriously?
What do you think?