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JUMP SCHOOL

Intensive Discipleship Training

Jump School seeks to aggressively deploy power, love, and sound minds into the world for the Kingdom of Christ. We ground disciples in Relationship, teach them Identity, then train them to become an active minister. It’s not your regular bible school. It’s more like training for spiritual Navy SEALs. We offer straight talk in a challenging environment. We’re less about religion and more about being open to the Holy Spirit.

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“If you believe in Me, you will do exactly what I do”
- Jesus


Program Overview

The Jump School two-year program pairs lecture and real-time practice with Crossroads pastors. Every student begins with a year of Foundations, then chooses a specialized Ministry Track. The Jump School schedule works well with the UC class schedule and is presently virtual, so you can join us no matter where you are. We host our calls on Zoom.

Foundation Courses
Oriented around discipleship and worldview, Foundations courses are available to Jump School students, as well as Crossroads Staff, other Church Staff, and anyone who would like to take the classes for personal growth.

Sample Foundations courses:

  • Discipleship 101
    (*this course is required first upon entry to Jump School)
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Awe and Intimacy
  • Doing the Things Jesus Did

Jump School Ministry Tracks
Ministry Tracks are future Jump School offerings; they’ll be specialized areas of study that prepare students for a lifetime of discipleship and mission. Each student will declare a ministry track after finishing their foundations courses.

  • Mission: Workplace
    This Business-focused leadership training equips disciples to take the Kingdown into the marketplace.
  • Lifestyle Worship
    Designed for worship leaders, musicians, and sound engineers, Lifestyle Worship equips disciples to live with awe and intimacy for Jesus alone.
  • Community Planting
    This track equips disciples to unite and mobilize a community of Christ-followers who are changing the world. It’s perfect for Crossroads Anywhere leaders and missionary leaders.
  • Transferring Truth
    This track focuses on oral, written, and digital communication. It equips disciples to visualize, write, and speak Kingdom concepts.
  • Disciplemaking For Life
    Learn to reproduce your faith in others. Think of this as “Jump School General Studies”. If your interests don’t fit any of the above but you want a life of ministry and impact, this is your track.

Meet Some of Our Instructors

Brad and his wife Sara’s ministry equips individuals and families in the gifts of the spirit and prophetic prayer. They minister as a family with their two young sons. Brad’s been fascinated by his unusual prophetic gifts since childhood and studied occultic “seeing” before meeting Jesus. He’s been studying Biblical prophecy (the best kind!) for over 15 years and has been training others for 5 years.

Brad worked as a Financial Advisor for 20 years and has been on staff at Crossroads in the past. Sara works as Human Resources Director for a multinational company. Brad also volunteers his time with Bear Creek Ranch Ministry in Georgia.

Steve’s been on the Crossroads staff for over 17 years, serving as worship leader, site producer, discipleship director, content producer, and finally director of ministry training. He has a heart for making disciples, and has been doing so for 25 years, meeting with men in small, life-on-life settings.

Steve is an incurable entrepreneur, maintaining 3 businesses (in addition to being part-time at Crossroads now) and is the founder of Jump School. Steve has a particular passion for worship, spiritual gifts, discipleship, and revival.

Paul’s been on staff at Crossroads for 15 years serving in youth ministry and spiritual growth. He and his wife Amy are raising four boys (ages 4,6,8 and 10). Paul’s passionate about transforming families into smooth-functioning Kingdom teams and has led Bible studies, workshops, and retreats to that end. Paul and his family embrace multigenerational living and live with Paul’s parents.

Mary and her husband Tim lead Crossroads Mason. She has been discipling younger women for over 20 years. Mary has zealously pursued Jesus privately and publicly for over 30 years. She mothers 4 children, ages 4 to 17. She’s a killer baker and she’s really fun.

A Nazarene preacher’s son, David was born in Cincinnati and lived here all his life, raising his family of 3 with his wife Jenifer. He was a freelance illustrator for nearly 30 years, drawing for books, games, corporations, and television shows.

In 2017 David founded The Heart Trust, a ministry with the purpose of “bringing the presence and revelation of GOD to the heart of man for intimate healing and sustainable growth”. David is called to pastor the men of our city. David describes himself as “old, old, old!”… but his warm passion for the Lord and His people blesses everyone he instructs.

With wife Carrie, Paul’s building a Kingdom family with their 5 boys. He was born into a family of church planters, has been part of churches of many sizes and flavors, and was on staff with Vineyard Cincinnati.

Paul is passionate about connecting emerging followers of Jesus with a growing network of disciple-making households and “body gatherings”- he’s a Kingdom man. He’s been learning to live from a place of abiding solely in Jesus every day, and wants to help you to that buffet table!

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Calendar
The fall 2020 term starts the week of September 6 and ends the week of November 22.
Calendars follow the UC schedule for Spring/Fall breaks and holidays.

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Registration and Tuition
Tuition varies by class. Refer to class schedule for tuition amount.
Tuition includes classroom instruction, video seminars, campus life events, supervised labs and coaching, and “office hours” where you can access instructors for counsel and discipleship.


Contact Us

Email
jumpschool@crossroads.net

All classes will be hosted online for the time being, with selected classes having an optional live element. Check schedule for specific offerings.

Crossroads Uptown
42 Calhoun Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219
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FAQs

What’s the story with the Jump School name?

What’s the deal with Relationship, Identity, and Ministry?

Is Jump School a Crossroads thing?

How many people are enrolled in Jump School?

What is the average class size?

Is everyone accepted into the program?

Can I take a class even if I don’t want to pursue a Ministry Track certification?

Is there anything tuition doesn’t cover?

Are there scholarships available?

What GO Trips can I attend?

Why do you charge for Jump School and where does the money go?

What happens in a Jump School class?

How many classes can I register for?

What do I have to do to register for Jump School classes?

What is the time commitment for Jump School classes? Do the classes have homework?

What is the attendance policy for Jump School?

Do you have to attend Crossroads to register for Jump School?

Can I invite my friend to be part of Jump School?

That application is super long and I already filled it out last semester. Do I need to fill it out again?

Discipleship 101 doesn't fit in my schedule, can I still take classes?

How many classes can I take? or How many classes do I have to take?


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What’s the story with the Jump School name?
You ever sat in church or read a great book or listened to an inspiring podcast and thought, “Gee whiz, THOSE people seem GREAT at doing the Jesus stuff (or at least, talking about it). They pray for people, throwing in a Bible verse or two while doing so, they seem to have a ‘word from God’ for everybody, they believe in healing… all sorts of whiz-bang Holy Spirit kind of stuff. Boy, sure would be great if I could do that fanciness!”

Right; we have too. But it’s not supposed to be that way; we’re not supposed to be passive fanboys, watching ‘the pros’ do the stuff. WE’RE SUPPOSED TO DO THE STUFF. So Jump School is here to pry you out of the warm nest, where you receive all the time, and kick you out into the sky, where you learn to fly.

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What’s the deal with Relationship, Identity, and Ministry?
We’ve learned that it’s unwise to train people for ministry if they’ve not been training in discipleship: that is, how to walk with Jesus on a day to day basis. So our focus initially is on relationship (including Discipleship 101, every student’s first class), then identity (who am I in Christ, again? And why would He trust ME to serve His mission?)... and then (and only then) on ministry. This is the way Jesus did it, calling men first to Himself, then training them to pursue others in His Name.

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Is Jump School a Crossroads thing?
Yes! Jump School is part of Crossroads Church, submits to its leadership, and trains its people.

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How many people are enrolled in Jump School?
There is an average of 120 students per session in the current program.

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What is the average class size?
20-25 students per instructor.

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Is everyone accepted into the program?
There is an application process to join Jump School, but don’t worry - we aren’t checking GPA’s.

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Can I take a class even if I don’t want to pursue a Ministry Track certification?
Sure! Get in here!

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Is there anything tuition doesn’t cover?
There are minimal costs for books and materials required for things like art classes (see course descriptions).

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Are there scholarships available?
Yes. Contact us at jumpschool@crossroads.net

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What GO Trips can I attend?
Once GO trips start up again (currently canceled during COVID) Jump School will have a presence on all trips. Crossroads GO Trips include: Appalachia (OH & KY), India, South Africa, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Puerto Rico.

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Why do you charge for Jump School and where does the money go?
We feel responsible to steward JS, and make it sustainable, without being a financial drag on Crossroads Church. That means paying for our materials, paying our trainers, worship leaders, and staff, and doing what we do with excellence.

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What happens in a Jump School class?
Our classes are a combination of content (information), practice (workshops), and independent study (homework). Half of your time in any JS class will be spent DOING what’s being trained: actually praying in an intercession class, actually blessing in a blessing class, actually songwriting in a worship class, etc.

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How many classes can I register for?
No more than 1 per class session.

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What do I have to do to register for Jump School classes?
Fill out an application, pay a registration fee, and choose classes!

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What is the time commitment for Jump School classes? Do the classes have homework?
Our classes are 4-5 weeks long, and each class assumes 2-4 hours of homework between class meetings. Our assumption is that, while you’re in a JS class, its content is the focus of your spiritual life.

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What is the attendance policy for Jump School?
No student should miss no more than 2 classes over the 14 week semester, and no more than 1 class in any 4/5-week class session. A single class represents a significant chunk of the entire content and unfortunately, trainers don’t have time to backtrack. We understand unexpected conflicts or illnesses arise, but if you know ahead of time you will miss a week, we suggest not signing up for that session.

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Do you have to attend Crossroads to register for Jump School?
No, you don’t. Although Jump School is Crossroads’ ministry training school, we’re not exclusive to Crossroads attendees. Our intention is to be a blessing to our city, region, and nation, regardless of your spiritual affiliation or background. You will be required to create an account on crossroads.net to register for classes.

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Can I invite my friend to be part of Jump School?
Yes, do that! Just make sure your friend understands all the above (especially the “I’m on fire for Jesus and really want to be His disciple, no matter what” part. “I’m sort of cool with Jesus but was hoping to hang out with my friend quite a lot” isn’t… exactly… what we’re after) and is willing to walk through the application process just like you. Get ‘em in here!

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That application is super long and I already filled it out last semester. Do I need to fill it out again?
Yes...and no. There are a few basic questions at the beginning, but once you answer those you will have the option to skip the rest of the application that you already filled out. You can also choose to fill out the application again if something substantial has happened in the interim that’s changed your spiritual situation. Once we know something about your background and desire for joining us, you’re good.

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Discipleship 101 doesn't fit in my schedule, can I still take classes?
We prefer all new JS students start with the Discipleship 101 class to lay a consistent foundation for each student. That being said we aren't able to offer the class at times that accommodate everyone's schedule, so plan to take it in the future when it does fit your schedule (we do offer this at night other times). The following classes are acceptable alternatives to Discipleship 101 for students new to JS:
Session 2: Experiencing Kingdom Breakthrough
Session 4: Becoming Good Soil
Session 5: Awe & Intimacy

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How many classes can I take? or How many classes do I have to take?
There is no minimum number of classes, you can sign up for just 1 class if that's all you have space for. And you can sign up for as many as one class per session. (There are 5 total class sessions.) On average, students are signing up for 2 classes.