A home discipleship group in a country on the Asia-Pacific region is taking advantage of technology to keep members involved and growing even when they are located in different countries.

A home discipleship group in a country on the Asia-Pacific region is taking advantage of technology to keep members involved and growing even when they are located in different countries.  This discipleship group was unique from the first with members being from four different nations.  But when travel and university studies began taking them to many different areas of the world, they faced an even greater challenge.  They decided to keep walking the path of discipleship together by connecting via Skype video conferencing.  Four of the group members are brand new believers (within the past two years) and a fifth came to know the Lord just four years ago. 
 

Members who are traveling or who have moved out of town call in at the designated time each week to participate in the discipleship group.  During their two hours together, group members pray, share where they are on their spiritual journeys, respond to questions, and discuss a specific passage of Scripture together.  They also talk about how each member is doing with one of the spiritual disciplines.  Virtual Discipleship?  Not really.  The mutual sharing, discussions, and prayer are authentic.  Perhaps "Dispersed Discipleship" is more accurate.   

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It is not without its challenges.  One member noted that those physically present can get so involved in a discussion that they forget to allow time for input from those who are calling in from off-site.  But he agreed it has great potential for keeping disciples "on the Journey" – even when they have been scattered!