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Long distance discipleship can bear great fruit
participant in the blog community, then he introduced his wife to the blog community, Heidi,
then they became leaders in it (leading online small
groups and mission trips), and now we’re dreaming together about
planting the kingdom around the world. Some specific fruit:
- Together we’ve funded orphans and disaster relief in Pakistan
- Led online groups on listening prayer
- Organized a leadership retreat
- Gone on vision trips
- Begun planting churches together
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Hey friend…I am a beneficiary of your graceful long term discipling. Thank you. The reality is technology is sucking the life out of a thoughtful Jesus ethic. That’s my simple perspective…It gives many self appointed “leaders” the false sense they are “discipling”. That is not you Seth…but friend it is many, many others. Trust me…I love you…..
**mArC** The Schifano Tribe
What an awesome heart.
Wow Seth. I had in mind to create a blog just like this. I agree about email and online social networks. Since meeting my squad, I’ve been using Facebook waaayyyyy more frequently to keep in touch. I’ve hardly used FB in the past cause I prefer in-person communication, but I quickly realized that FB is a poor way to develop and maintain a relationship. It can get things started and transmit information, but the relationship will, like you said, hit a ceiling until you meet in person. Or it will sort of halt development unless you continue to meet in person. There is only so much you can say in a few sentences, and people are more than their words and their ideas.
Tonight I was at a bonfire with some Christians friends and someone commented that social networking does not build relationships. To a certain degree, I would have to agree with that comment. The unstated purpose of social networking is to create as many artificial relationships as possible. However, it can also be used to extend the connection between people whom God has bound together. The problem is that both synergies co-exist on Facebook. You can share intimate relationship with dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, and then two lines later, be subjected to a “fart joke.” It’s no different than being at the corner pub…anything can happen.
Fishmouse, and other specifically Christian applications, were built to foster private, protected online environments for Christians to build relationships. Let’s hope the Body of Christ embraces more and more similar technologies to enable the Word of God to be spread in any way possible!
Thanks for the plug,
I have had the privilege of being a disciple of Gabe’s even though he lives on the other side of the country. I am grateful Seth for your discipleship relationship with Gabe, because he has passed it on to me. Jesus can be multiplied in others through any means he chooses. I was skeptical at first of a discipleship relationship through email and phone calls. But it has been the most significant experience that has led to a closer more intimate relationship with God and activation for his kingdom. I would premise to say it takes just as much work as a healthy face to face relationship where both learn to lean in on each other and be immediately transparent and honest. What has been most impacting is that Gabe through his heart and passion has made me excited to dream for God’s Kingdom again, and we have had the opportunity to do this together.
Love your heart for long distance relationshijps. We have developed a system for Online Discipleship and Training which you might find useful. You can check it out at Arkeo.com
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