METRICS: JUMP GROUPS for Making Disciples

JUMP Groups are an adaptation for United Methodists of Neil Cole’s methods of organic church evangelism, from Cole’s Organic Church Planting Greenhouses training, Life Transformation Groups and methods of systematic prayer for the lost. [1]

JUMP is an acronym for Jesus Understands My Problems. [2] The purpose of a JUMP Group is evangelism followed by spiritual formation. JUMP Groups believe that there are two kinds of people in this world: people who need to become disciples, and disciples who need to become disciple makers. A JUMP Group begins as two people join together to seek and make a disciple, then three people seek a fourth. Soon after a group grows to four, it becomes two groups of two seeking to make a third disciple.

JUMP Groups evangelize exclusively through the use of disciple makers working the pattern of Jesus; consequently, nothing in the institutional church itself needs to change. Other than prophetically cleansing the Temple (twice), Jesus proposed no changes in temple worship, liturgy, music, hospitality or facilities. Jesus did not lead worship or preach in the temple. Jesus did not serve on the Sanhedrin or participate in Temple politics. Jesus utilized the Temple but did not seek to change it during his life. Consequently, JUMP groups will work in any size church, in any location, with any style of worship and within any theological tradition from conservative to liberal, from high church to Pentecostal. If disciples make disciples, the institutional church does not need to change because the institutional church does not make disciples.

JUMP Groups utilize five tools for making disciples that make disciples that make disciples:

FULL CONVERSION PRAYER: JUMP Groups use the Centering Prayer or one like it to begin daily devotion or the weekly meeting: Lord Jesus, today I am far less than the person I want to be or can be with your help. I ask today that you would be more and more the center of my life. Guide me to all that is good, cleanse me from all that is not. Teach me Your ways and form in me Your nature. Help me to serve you as I am gifted. Help me to notice my neighbor; work through me to redeem my neighborhood. I am a sinner; please be my Shepherd, my Savior, and my Lord. Full conversion of life (conversatio morum) implies growth through each stage to the point of being a disciple who makes disciples who make disciples.

PARTNERSHIP: Disciple makers are spiritual mentors. They help new disciple makers reach out to others. The Great Commission calls for partners to both make disciples and teach them to observe all that Jesus has commanded them. This is an interpersonal process.

BIBLE READING: Jesus defines a disciple as one who “continues in his word” – John 8:32. JUMP Groups systematically read a book of the Bible together, especially the Gospels, seeking to discern in the words what Jesus desires them to do in obedience. The goal is to read 28 chapters a week in a particular book. A group might read Matthew in a week (28 chapters), or Colossians 7 times in a week (4 chapters).

QUESTIONS: JUMP Groups meet weekly and use Questions to focus their efforts on growing as a disciple and in making disciples. (Neil Cole’s LTGs are modeled on John Wesley’s Bands; both use questions.)

THE PRAYER TOOL organizes systematic prayer and evangelism of up to 12 neighbors through daily prayer, weekly conversations, monthly relationship building invitations and an annual evaluation. A disciple-maker hopes to add one person a month for a maximum of 12.


What is your average worship attendance: _____

Per missiologist C. Peter Wagner, typically between 5% to 10% of your worship attenders have the spiritual gift of evangelism.[3] How many is that? @5%: _____ to 10% _____.

Who are they?

How many persons in your congregation are using The Prayer Tool to systematically pray for and evangelize their neighbors?

What is the potential ongoing impact of evangelization in your community through The Prayer Tool at this time: # of persons using The Prayer Tool _____ x 12 = _______.

How many persons are being prayed for this week by persons in your congregation using The Prayer Tool to systematically pray for and evangelize their neighbors? _____

How many persons are participating in spiritual partnership and supervision through meeting as JUMP Groups this week? _____

Who are they?

How many chapters of the Bible are being read each week by members of your congregation? (Collect this by asking persons to write their names, the Bible book and the number of chapters read each week on a clipboard in the front pew. Celebrate this number.) _____


[1] Neil Cole: Organic Church Planting Greenhouse training: Book, Cultivating a Life for God

Understanding the differing paradigms: Coming and Going: Two leaders. One mission. Two very different strategies. by Skye Jethani and Brandon O’Brien,

[2] The Jump Group Brochure can be downloaded here: Seminar Three details the implementation of JUMP Groups within a congregation.

[3] Christian A. Schwarz, Natural Church Development: A Guide to Eight Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches (St. Charles, IL: ChurchSmart Resources, 1996), 34-35.

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