In response to the powerful work God is entrusting to us (measured both by ministry fruit to date, as well as hunger from those now ministering to grow in their gifts), we are piloting a Crossroads-based training center which prepares its students for a life of discipleship and effective ministry. (We aren’t the first in the city to do this; we are happy to be followers and learners on this one!) We seek to better equip those already operating in their gifts, while exposing others for the first time into the gifts of the Spirit… but only after teaching correct relationships in the body. The school does have an OUT goal but, because ministry so easily warps into performance, identity-seeking, and a substitute for intimacy, we will only train in OUT after establishing UP and IN relationships. The emphases of the school will be three-fold: Relationship, Giftedness, and Ministry Tools.
“Jump School” is a reference to military paratrooper training. Skill, preparedness, and proper outfitting certainly come into play, but ultimately, trust in the unseen, and a willingness to launch into the unknown, is paramount. We like the metaphor.
As of now, our assumption is that our students will be FOLLOWERS. That is to say, they believe the Bible is true, want to follow Jesus with their lives, and are at least willing to explore the life of the Spirit. They seek to be wholehearted toward following Jesus, holding nothing back and submitting totally to their Good Master. Crossroads Jump School does not at this time seek to disciple students per se (meaning: turn a seeker or receiver into a follower), but merely to turn existing disciples into fit soldiers, ready for service. Regarding the focus areas:
Each class meeting will consist of teaching as well as “drill groups” in which students will practice the skills being covered. Students will leave each class not just informed, but skilled in the Word.
Will you join us? Email JumpSchool@crossroads.net for more information.