“Don’t let distance separate you from your leaders”
2 Tim 2:2 tells us that “…the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” Yet how do we do this, where our scope might be the entire nation, and we just can’t be with everyone in person? Of course – we can use technology such as phone or Skype to connect with people thousands of kilometres away. You may hesitate at this non-face-to-face method of communication, and ask if it is really effective at all. On the contrary – we believe that the principles that work in discipleship that provide an environment of high transparency and transferability to your campus leaders can be developed well over distance.
Obviously, the big limitation of Skype is that you can’t get visual feedback. But you can limit how much of a drawback that is, by asking really good questions during the call, to determine how well your disciples are grappling with your training:
The other limitation is technical glitches. These are a pain, but with good preparation, these can mostly be avoided. Remember, there are also numerous obstacles to face-to-face meetings – traffic, sickness and schedule clashes.