Ministry in a Virtual World #5 (Digital Disciples)

Learning comes in many forms. My three sons experienced learning from three perspectives: traditional schooling, home schooling and virtual schooling. These three teaching paradigms are practiced by many churches. The Sunday school is an example of the traditional model of learning. House churches exemplify the concept of home schooling. But for those involved in digital ministry we need to look more closely at virtual schooling.

Each paradigm has its advantages and disadvantages. For traditional learning an advantage is the physical classroom, while the disadvantage is the need for a physical classroom. For home learning the advantage comes from its relationships and its disadvantage is it may lack the right skills and knowledge. From my perspective the advantage of virtual learning is that it is accessible most any time and any place. It can also be very relational and the knowledge/skills needed can easily be found. A major disadvantage is it is not for everyone.

For those active online e-learning can occur in many forms; there are structured online classes; forums are available for discussions; and resources for learning abound. So, how does the organic church take advantage of online learning?

Only a disciple can make a disciple. (A. W. Tozer)

Key Idea: “Teach by Example”

E-learning is learning conducted via electronic media. It is typically done on the Internet.

“As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching.” Titus 2:1 NLT

Questions:

What are some ways discipleship can happen online?
Is their anything unique in being a digital disciple?