How We Do It
OUR ANNUAL CYCLE
STEP 1 - THE LISTENING PROCESS
Every year, JUMP congregations host small house meetings across Shawnee County. In these house meetings, people in our congregations talk about the problems they experience in their day to day lives and the problems they encounter in the broader community. These house meetings also allow for our members to strengthen their relationships and build their networks. After these house meeting, Justice Ministry Network Members from across the county meet at our Community Problems Assembly. There, network members vote democratically on the problems they want to address. This is how JUMP elects it's priorities.
STEP 2 - RESEARCH AND COALITION BUILDING
After the problem area is selected, Lay leaders and Clergy meet with public officials and experts to learn about the problem area. In addition, leaders discover what best practices are being used across the country that are eliminating the targeted problem. At the end of this phase, we gather network members at the Rally to inform everyone about the research that has been done and to prepare for the Nehemiah Action Assembly.
STEP 3 - ORGANIZE TO PROMPT ACTION
Our next step is to organize so we can prompt action. We hold a large public meeting called a Nehemiah Action Assembly. Decision makers make concrete commitments to addressing the most serious problems in our community in a public meeting with 800-1,200 people present. This direct action increases accountability and demonstrates the level of support our public officials have to implement innovative policy and funding solutions.
STEP 4 - FOLLOW-UP
Our last step is to Follow-up. We continue to meet with officials to ensure they follow through on their commitments and we keep our members informed of our progress.