Introduction T here is a crisis in the American Church today, one that has grown more and more pronounced over the past fifty years. The Church is not producing mature disci- ples. Yes, I recognize that may sound like a sweeping general- ization. Yes, there are churches across this country that effec- tively mature the disciples entrusted to them by God. But there are many more that do not. Too many of the Church’s disciples don’t know who God truly is, they don’t know what they be- lieve and why, and their behavior is an outgrowth of those mis- understandings. As I began to explore the foundational reasons for this, I was soon struck by the overwhelming amount of dis- cipleship material on the market today. Between printed books, e-books, online resources, and blogs, one could spend the rest of their life researching discipleship and never scratch the sur- face of the material available. Much of this is written by godly, learned men and women who have a heart for God and God’s people. So, how is the Church in the position in which she finds herself today? After ten years of experience and study, I have several thoughts on this question. First, the cyclical relationship between evangelism and dis- cipleship affects the type of disciples the Church produces. When the Church’s evangelism is incomplete, then disciples of- ten struggle with maturity issues. As disciples struggle, evange- lism is affected even more—and so the cycle continues. “Easy Believism” may be a key culprit here. I frequently hear from people at church that salvation is a “free gift.” And that is true. It is free in the sense that we can’t earn it or deserve it. But it is