Overcoming Digital Distance: The Challenge of Developing Relational Disciples in the Internet Age

From: Volume 14, Issue 2: Fall 2017, Equipping Church Members for Ministry Pages 376-390


Jesus’ model for discipleship (John 15:1–16) is grounded within a context of human and divine relationships: abiding in Christ, fellowshipping with other disciples, and ministering to needs of others in the world and in the church. As the Christian community becomes increasingly reliant on digital technology and the Internet to provide an environment and resources for disciple-making, we must also be familiar with the available options and understand the benefits and limitations of using these methods as we seek to establish and enhance these essential spiritual relationships.

Keywords: discipleship, disciple-making, online, spiritual formation



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