Who owns Zúme?
There is no organization that is “running” the Zúme Project and the project is not an organization. It is a coalition of people who have a heart to carry out Christ’s command to make disciples of every people group on earth and expand His Kingdom to every place until His will is done on earth as it is in heaven. The idea for the project originated in a meeting of the Jonathan Project leadership but has since spread far beyond that group. The Jonathan Project is a consortium of people committed to multiplying disciples around the world.
What is the statement of faith for Zúme?
Since Zúme is not run by an organization, there is not a formal statement of faith. All of us involved, however, would agree on the Lausanne Covenant. Read the Covenant
Why is it called Zúme?
Zúme means yeast in Greek. In Matthew 13:33 Jesus is quoted as saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a woman who took yeast and mixed it into a large amount of flour until it was all leavened.” This illustrates how ordinary people, using ordinary resources, can have an extraordinary impact for the Kingdom of God. Zúme aims to equip and empower ordinary believers to reach every neighborhood.
There are lots of DMM or CPM trainers, so why is Zúme Training needed?
Live training is better than online training. Online training should never replace live training events. Unfortunately, due to limitations of access, awareness, availability, scheduling, and many other reasons, many people who can and should have access to live training events don’t have access.
Zúme is an attempt to provide a high-quality entry level substitute for such people. It uses the same principles as many of the live training types available from others. In addition, we find that once a person is trained with Zúme, they can very easily turn around and launch their own training group and facilitate training for others using Zúme Training as a tool. This is a powerful opportunity for multiplying disciple-making principles.
What are the three phases that are planned?
The first phase focuses on the United States and English. The initial goal is to catalyze a training group of four to twelve people per every 5,000 people in the country. Each of these training groups will be challenged to start two first-generation churches which should also reproduce. The target for the United States is to start more than 65,000 English-language Zúme groups and 130,000 churches.
Status: This phase has begun. Check our progress page and drill into the United States section.
The second phase focuses on coaching these Phase 1 churches through the reproduction process, as well as delivering the project in other major world languages. The project will start in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Burmese, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Panjabi (Eastern), Panjabi (Western), Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yoruba.
Status: Translation for this phase and early usage of the training in these languages has begun organically. We are actively looking for language champions for each of the languages, who would give leadership to phase 3 for that language.
The third phase focuses Phase 1 and Phase 2 churches to mobilize globally with a vision to make disciples in every place, among every people group.
Status: Not active.
What languages will the training be translated into?
The project will start in the following languages and made available to those wishing to translate the training and tools into additional languages:
Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Burmese, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Panjabi (Eastern), Panjabi (Western), Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yoruba.
To see the most updated progress go to Language Translation Progress.
How are the groups started by trainees aligned or organized?
It depends. (1) Most naturally, if the trainees come out of a particular church or denomination or network then the most natural thing is for the newly formed groups to be connected with those existing churches, denomination, or network. (2) If desired, however, a new network can be formed from the groups that start. (3) A third alternative would be for the new groups to join with other already existing networks of simple churches.
Zúme offers virtual coaching and can help connect new groups with others potentially in their area. Contact us.
What do we mean by “Saturation”?
Saturation is a term used to describe the distribution of trainings and churches versus quantity. It is a blessing to see 100 trainings launched, but it is a greater blessing for those trainings to be launched in different people groups and regions, and it a greatest blessing if those trainings are launched in people groups and regions in which no trainings have happened before. We use the idea of saturation to measure and keep our focus on these greatest blessings and seeking to serve the places where the the kingdom isn’t.
Why different population goals between the United States and everywhere else?
This is a tactical strategy. Zúme Vision goals are not unfounded aspirations and hopeful wishes, but rather tactical (and ambitious) goals formed on knowledge from past experience with movements.
How do we calculate needed trainings?
Zúme goal for saturation training is 1 training for every 5,000 people in the United States and 50,000 globally.
These trainings can be Zúme Training or live trainings reported to Zúme Vision from its community.
What trainings are counted?
We will count trainings that have a CPM or DMM approach. Zúme Training is a good example of this kind of training.
A CPM/DMM approach is one in which:
- There is awareness that only God can start movements, but disciples can follow biblical principles to pray, plant, and water the seeds that can lead to a book of Acts type multiplying movement.
- The focus is to make every follower of Christ a reproducing disciple rather than merely a convert.
- Patterns create frequent and regular accountability for both obeying what the Lord is speaking to each person and for them to pass it on to others in a loving environment. This requires a participative small-group approach.
- Each disciple is equipped in comprehensive ways (such as interpreting and applying Scripture, a well-rounded prayer life, functioning as a part of the larger Body of Christ, and responding well to persecution/suffering) in order that they might function not merely as consumers, but as active agents of Kingdom advance.
- Each disciple is given a vision both for reaching their relational network and for extending the Kingdom to the ends of the earth with a prioritization on the darkest places (with a “no place left” mentality). They are equipped to be able to minister and partner with others in the Body of Christ in both of these environments.
- Reproducing churches are intentionally formed as a part of the multiplying disciples process. The intent in CPM/DMM approaches is that 1) disciples, 2) churches, 3) leaders and 4) movements can multiply endlessly by the power of the Spirit.
- Emphasis is not on the specific model of CPM/DMM used (e.g. T4T, DBS, Zume, 4 Fields, etc.) but on the underlying biblical principles of multiplying kingdom movements.
How do we calculate needed churches?
Zúme goal for saturation church planting is 2 multiplying churches for every 5,000 people in the United States and 50,000 people globally.