“Life Transformation Groups” and the Methodist Class Meeting and Bands

C. Inspired by John Wesley’s “Bands,” California church planter Neil Cole developed “Life Transformation Groups.”[1] LTGs are a tool for Sanctifying Grace; the Bands were designed for a higher level of commitment than the Methodist Class Meeting in which all participated. JUMP groups are an adaptation of LTGs for a United Methodist context.





[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 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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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]Neil Cole, Cultivating a Life for God (Carol Stream, IL: ChurchSmart Resources, 1999). Robert E. Logan and Neil Cole, Raising Leaders for the Harvest (Carol Stream, IL: ChurchSmart Resources, 1995).                               

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