TUMI's Capstone Curriculum is a 16-module training program, taught at a seminary level, which we specifically designed to serve as the most essential knowledge and skill learning necessary for effective urban ministry. Capstone is modular in its design, which means the modules (courses) are complete in themselves, independent of each other and can be studied in any order.
Each Capstone module has FOUR LESSONS, along with a set of assignments the students will need to complete for that module. Each lesson has one hour of video (broken into two parts we call video segments of 30 minutes each). In addition, mentors are given resources in the mentor guide to help them facilitate each Capstone Module, ensuring the students understand key elements of each lesson/module.
Below is a complete Capstone Module lesson sample, both the workbook lesson outline (in its entirety), along with both video segments for that lesson.
Capstone Module Lesson Sample
Capstone Module Lesson
There are four lessons in each Capstone Module. Each lesson consists of the following:
- Devotion: Each lesson starts with a devotional integrated with the lesson’s theme and teaching material.
- Contacts: These exercises, many based on true happenings, are dialogue starters designed to “prime the pump,” so to speak, of both the students’s interests and imaginations about the topics covered in the upcoming lesson.
- Lesson Objectives: Each Capstone module lesson is structured around clear learning objectives which direct the student learning activities and serve as the thematic center of the teaching. They specifically state what each lesson hopes to attain, specifically what each student will grasp and learn as a result of that lesson’s interaction.
- Lesson Outline and Video: Each Lesson's teaching outline is broken into two parts, Segment 1 and Segment 2, and each segment has 30 minutes of video that coincide with the outline for that video segment in the workbook.
- Student Questions: Each video segment in each lesson concludes with clear review questions to encourage student interaction with the material, and to ensure they comprehend the meaning and significance of the concepts covered in the video segment.
- Summary of Key Concepts: At the end of a lesson, this section summarizes the main concepts covered in the presentation and materials covered, and is offered as a neat summary piece and resource for ready review later.
- Student Application/Implications: Also at the end of each lesson, we encourage students to reflect on the ramifications of the teaching for their life and ministry. Each lesson contains specific questions to encourage that kind of reflection and dialogue.
- Case Studies: The wisdom the students can glean from relating their knowledge to real, life case studies is invaluable. This section at the end of each lesson provides practical, realistic, and often true-to-life examples where the students can grapple with real life application of their teaching just covered in this lesson.
- Resources and Bibliographies: For further study, we provide 3-4 additional texts of interest in each lesson to encourage those interested to probe deeper into the complexities and implications of the concepts covered in the lesson.
- Ministry Connections: We encourage the students to seek to find connection and integration of the concepts and wisdom offered in the context of their own particular ministry responsibilities. This allows opportunities to apply the insights of the lesson right away, immediately in the outworking of their life and service.
A Capstone Module's Student Assignments
Each Capstone Module also has a set of assignments that the students will need to complete for that module:
- Course Requirements: A summary of the assignments for this particular Capstone Module.
- Required Textbook Reading Assignments: We require students to purchase, read, and reflect upon the textbook(s) for each course. Students must read each required textbook and write a precis (concise summary) of its main point, as they see it.
- Scripture Memorization: For each module, there are three passages/references total that the students must memorize (one for lesson one, one for lesson two and one for lesson 3, none for lesson 4).
- Quizzes and Final Exam: The quizzes and final exam are designed to quiz students on the material covered in class. There are three quizzes (a quiz for lessons 1-3) and a final exam (questions from lesson 4 are incorporated into the final exam). The quizzes are taken in class and the final exam is typically a take home "closed book" exam.
- Exegetical Project: Each module contains an inductive Bible study assignment which requires the students to grapple with the Scripture’s teaching of the module’s subject matter.
- Ministry Project: At the end of each module’s study, we ask each student to design a practical ministry project where they can specifically share and apply their learning in the context of their personal lives and ministries.