J. JUMP Groups are self-selecting; people who are not ready for this challenge of reading this much scripture or meeting weekly soon drop out. It’s important to resist the tendency to make the JUMP group a play group for spiritual children. These groups are not peer groups but function to allow more mature persons to intentionally and flexibly mentor others. JUMP groups are for those who are ready for the “narrow gate” (Matthew 7:13-14). The requirements of scripture, questions, partnership and the prayer tool form a “speed bump” to slow growth to a speed that is appropriate, safe and healthy for new believers.
K. The components of this simple Discipleship System provide for the four priorities of the cell church. The Lordship priority is fulfilled by the JUMP group practice of reading scripture and accountability questions. The Evangelism priority is fulfilled by the use of the Prayer Tool. The Equipping Track priority is fulfilled by the mentoring partnership and accountability questions of the JUMP group and later by the Quest process. The Cell priority is fulfilled by the JUMP partnership and the multiplication of JUMP groups through the Quest process.
 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 www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. 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 CreateSpace.com.
   
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