We designed The Foundations for Ministry Series from select training venues (courses, workshops, meetings) which we have hosted at our local seminary, Hope School of Ministry. The topics and materials covered in these resources are foundational to effective urban ministry, and will undoubtedly prove invaluable to anyone seeking to equip leaders in urban churches.
All Foundations for Ministry Series are specially designed to help leaders grow in their knowledge of Scripture, theology, the Christian life, and practical ministry. Ideal for either individual or group study, including Sunday schools, Bible studies, and small groups. Get seminary-level training in these studies at an affordable price!
Foundations for Ministry Series Training Resources
Each Foundations course has assigned textbooks which are read and discussed through the course. We encourage students to read, reflect upon, and respond to these with their professors, mentors, and fellow learners. Because of the fluidity of the texts (i.e., books going out of print), the required textbook list will change and most likely will be different from what is listed in your Foundations Course workbook.
Syllabus' for Foundations for Ministry Series Training Resources
If you are a satellite of The Urban Ministry Institute, when you purchase a Foundations for Ministry Series Training Resource, you also will receive access to a syallabus for that resource that will allow you to offer this as a course to your students for credit.
Foundations Course Samples
Preview a sample of a Foundations for Ministry Series course, and see for yourself how this excellent curriculum can equip and refresh those in your church or ministry leadership training.
Sample Lesson Outline, Audio, and Study Notes from a Foundations for Ministry Course
The system we use for numbering TUMI courses is simple. You can follow our system and use our numbers, or create a system that makes sense to you. The TUMI course numbers for each Foundations Course follows its description listed below.
Foundations for Ministry Series Training Resource Descriptions
|A Biblical Vision, Part I: Mastering the Old Testament Witness to Christ and His Kingdom, Training Resource
Without argument, the person of Christ is the key to both interpreting and understanding the Scriptures. This workshop examines the role that Jesus Christ plays in the interpretation of the Old Testament, specifically how in his person and work fulfills the Levitical ceremonial systems with its Tabernacles and festivals, along with the sacrifices, moral injunctions, and messianic prophecies. We explore the implications of this understanding for urban discipleship and church ministry today. (This course may be applied toward Biblical Studies or Theology and Ethics. This course originally was part of our Upper Room Workshop series, TUMI course # B2-402.)
|A Biblical Vision, Part II: Mastering the New Testament Witness to Christ and His Kingdom, Training Resource
This workshop surveys the NT history of Jesus of Nazareth, from his pre-existent glory to his ascension recorded in Acts. Jesus is the Scripture’s theme, hermeneutical center, and overall subject matter. We concentrate on how mastering the Gospels can enable us to communicate Christ clearly and cross-culturally in the city. See how the mastery of Jesus’ his life and ministry can enhance every dimension of urban church life and mission! (This course may be applied toward Biblical Studies or Theology and Ethics. This course originally was part of our Upper Room Workshop series, TUMI course # B2-403.)
|A Compelling Testimony, Training Resource
This workshop highlights the essential perspectives and practices necessary to maintain a disciplined walk with the Lord in the context of the Body of Christ. The teaching and discussion focuses on the spiritual disciplines of God's servant leader, on their practical obedience and the continuous leading of the Holy Spirit, and the resulting compelling testimony that is seem in home, in the Body, as a neighbor, co-worker, and member of the society. (This course may be applied toward Christian Ministry. This course originally was part of our Upper Room Workshop series, TUMI course # C2-404.)
|An Authentic Calling, Training Resource
This workshop explores the ways in which to understand, recognize and acknowledge the personal call of God. It thoroughly examines the various dynamics of that heroic call, looking specifically at the gifting, authority and opportunities God provides within it. A must have resource for those considering the call of God in their and others’s lives! (This course may be applied toward Christian Ministry or Urban Mission.
This course originally was part of our Upper Room Workshop series, TUMI course # U2-401.)
|Church Matters: Retrieving the Great Tradition, Training Resource
Be renewed and revived as you rediscover the power of the living biblical tradition of the Church, anchored in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Throughout its history, the Church has proven that God's unique plan can unfold even in the face of schism and persecution. Such wisdom is critical to renew and revive the urban church today. Strengthen your faith by learning afresh the lessons of spiritual, worship, and mission from a study of the history of the Church! (This course may be applied toward Theology and Ethics or Christian Ministry or Urban Mission, TUMI course # T2-640).
|Managing Projects for Ministry, Training Resource
The ability to manage projects is an import tool in all forms of urban ministry. Without a knowledge of how to define, plan, implement, and review projects, urban ministers can waste enormous amounts of time, money, and effort. This course is specifically designed to introduce urban Christian workers, ministers, and pastors with the basic concepts of project management as it applies to doing effective ministry in the city. (This course may be applied toward Theology and Ethics or Christian Ministry or Urban Mission, TUMI course # C2-151.)
|Marking Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year, Training Resource
In this workshop, we explore the origins and meaning of the Christian year, how it represents the profound yet simple remembrance and re-enactment of the life of Christ in real time during the calendar year. Beginning with an overview of the Bible's teaching in connection to time and history, the workshop explores the dominant view of the atonement, Christus Victor, which reigned in the ancient Church for a 1,000 years, and how this dynamic vision of Jesus' victory over sin and death was captured in the worship of the Church in the Church Year. (This course may be applied toward Theology and Ethics or Christian Ministry or Urban Mission, TUMI course # T2-625.)
|The Master the Bible Workshop, Multimedia Training Resource
This course highlights TUMI’s Master the Bible Program, a four-series Scripture memorization regimen which includes both audio and video resources. Based on selected texts from the English Standard Version (ESV), the program titles include: New Beginnings In Christ: Foundations of the Faith; From Before to Beyond Time: Understanding the Story of God; Living the Christ Life: Participating in Jesus’ Story, and Growing to Maturity: The Measure of Christ’s Fullness.
This workshop concentrates on all the essential skills needed to memorize and retain a thorough knowledge of Scripture through disciplined, programmed memorization of biblical verses according to themes and topics. We also include issues of translation, hermeneutics, Bible history, and the story of God culminating in Christ. This thorough program will enable each student to know and meditate on the foundational truths of the Faith, the Bible’s fundamental content and theology in Christ, providing a simple, effective method to gain mastery of the Bible’s contents in outline format, section-by-section, and book-by-book. (This course may be applied toward Biblical Studies, Theology and Ethics or Christian Ministry, TUMI course #B2-630.)
|Ministry in a Multi-Cultural and Unchurched Society
The seminar concentrates on how to minister effectively among unchurched, multicultural communities, and all the complexities that this entails. It includes topics such as conflict resolution in the church, demographic research and development and spiritual development for the minister. This course’s main purpose is to help each student better understand the themes, issues, and concepts associated with doing effective spiritual ministry in a multi-cultural and unchurched context. In a culturally diverse and increasingly neo-pagan religious context, the effective pastor and Christian worker must strive to become proficient in the truths and practices associated with making disciples in the 21st century. (This course may be applied toward Christian Ministry or Urban Mission, TUMI course # U2-750).
|Sacred Roots Workshop: Retrieving the Great Tradition in the Contemporary Church, Multimedia Training Resource
Newly revised, two new sessions added: one on Culture [The Difference that Difference Makes: Contextualizing the Story of God is Postmodern Society], and one on the Kingdom [Your Kingdom Come: Living Under the Reign of God in an Unchurched World].
The life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ represent the core–the roots–of authentic Christian theology and worship. Similarly, the taproots of the Church are found in the primary truths of Christian faith in the biblical writings of the apostles, articulated by the Fathers, and expressed in the teaching and practice of the ancient Church. These roots are sacred; in them we come to know God’s story of love in Christ and by faith make that story (his-story) our own. This workshop will outline the ways in which churches can renew its spirituality and mission by inhabiting the Story of God in Scripture expressed in the Great Tradition. Special focus will highlight the promise of this rediscover for the contemporary urban church’s worship, discipleship, and mission. (This course may be applied toward Theology and Ethics or Christian Ministry or Urban Mission, TUMI course # T2-620.)
|The Gospel of John, Multimedia Training Resource
The course on The Gospel of John is designed to enable you to comprehend and aply the message of John's Gospel for personal discipleship and Christian ministry as it relates to the person of Jesus of Nazareth. We will explore the multi-faceted vision of Jesus as Messiah offered in the images, motifs, and narratives of John, both in the biblical text as well as through the film The Gospel of John by Visual Bible International. We will think through how this film faithfully represents and enhances our ability to exegete and understand the meaing of John's Gospel as it presents the person of Jesus for repentance and faith. (This course may be applied toward Biblical Studies, TUMI course # B2-646.)
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- Purchase Resource Kit (includes Workbook [course syllabus included in workbook], final exam and final exam answer key, 9 teaching sessoins of powerpoint (over 500 slides, audio in Mp3 format [16 hours])
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|Vision for Mission: Nurturing an Apostolic Heart, Training Resource
This course is designed to identify and explore the various dimensions of an apostolic vision that enables God’s man or woman to invest strategically in winning souls to Christ, to make disciples of those who respond, and to pioneer new fields for the Lord. As an exploration in the biblical materials, this course will examine those specific insights, commitments, and values that enabled the apostles literally to “turn the world upside down.” Topics include such major themes as the extreme urgency of this present hour, the inevitability of divine judgment, the power of the Gospel, the call to make disciples, the ripeness of the harvest, God’s command to fulfill the Great Commission, and God’s universal offer of grace to all humankind. (This course may be applied toward Urban Mission, TUMI course # U2-201.)
|Winning the World: Facilitating Urban Church Planting Movements, Training Resource
This course considers the factors and forces connected to the amazing phenomenon of church planting movements taking place throughout the world. We also explore the implications of these factors for multiplying churches in today's inner cities. At a time when our definitions of the Church have become more and more individualized, this study analyzes church plant and growth theories as they relate to the more communal Nicene-based marks of church life. Learn how a new understanding of church plant movements worldwide may help us trigger the greatest harvest of souls among the world’s urban poor! A summary of the key elements of church planting movements across the globe, this study highlights how to learn from such movements in order to ignite explosive, dynamic, and reproducing movements in the American inner city. (This course may be applied toward Christian Ministry or Urban Mission, TUMI course # U2-221.)
We would love to recommend a series of three Foundations for Ministry Series Training Resources that go well together -- these are foundational to who we are and what we are doing (and would be most helpful if taken in the order listed below):
- Winning the World: Facilitating Church Planting Movements Among the Urban Poor -- Lays the foundation for the necessary principles underlying key elements of a Church Planting Movement and what it would take to facilitate and participate in one.
- Church Matters: Retrieving the Great Tradition -- Next, this course will show how as you can rediscover the power of the living biblical tradition of the Church, anchored in the person and work of Jesus Christ and the essential it is to ground our Church Planting on something larger than us. Throughout its history, the Church has proven that God's unique plan can unfold even in the face of schism and persecution. Such wisdom is critical to renew and revive the urban church today.
- Marking Time: Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year -- Thirdly, Marking Time lays out the argument and rationale for embracing the Church Year as a structure that enables us to enhance spiritual formation in the urban church setting.
Future Foundations Training Resource Releases
Having taught numerous courses on various subjects of interest to urban leadership development, it is our intent to release a steady and consistent stream of new resources for your perusal and use. Come back often to check for the release dates of our other fine study courses!
- The Bible and the Future
- Foundations for Christian Leadership
- Storytelling the Word of God
- The Book of Hebrews