Neil Cole’s Life Transformation Groups are the simplest form of cells known

G. Neil Cole’s Life Transformation Groups are the simplest form of cells known to me. Small groups of two or three[1] can flexibly schedule their meetings and adapt if a temporary change is needed. Busy schedules often restrict involvement in a larger group.

            Larger groups often run at the speed of the slowest spiritually developing member, which holds back those ready to advance. In smaller groups, no dependency on a CEO leader develops; it’s more peer oriented and allows the level of challenge adjust to meet the flexible needs of the new believer’s situation.

            JUMP Groups are an adaptation of Life Transformation Groups which allow for an “Life Transformation Group lite” experience; the original LTG questions can be intimidating.

H. JUMP Groups read a significant amount of scripture repetitively over several weeks. This form of lectio divino builds a familiarity with the scripture that allows patterns to emerge as the reader uncovers new insights with the help of the Holy Spirit.

I. JUMP Groups use questions inspired by John Wesley’s bands to teach accountability and provide ambitious, prayerful goals for living. Like Wesley’s bands, groups are best segregated by gender to allow for differences in sharing and ensure safe boundaries in relationships.





[1] The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through

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All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

[1]Greg Ogden recommends a group of three or four, finding that pairs with a single mentor/parent are far less productive than a group with two mentor/parents to provide care for a third and fourth person. Single parenting is hard. The power of a committed partnership is as important for those reaching out as well as those receiving care. Greg Ogden, Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples A Few At A Time (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003), 54, 145.

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