As a national training arm of World Impact, TUMI equips leadership for the urban church, especially among the poor, in order to advance the Kingdom of God. We focus our investment on leaders who are called to evangelize, disciple, plant, and pastor churches in unreached urban neighborhoods. Our single passion and desire is to advance the Kingdom of God in America's inner cities, and, as God leads, around the globe.
Believing strongly that effective Christian ministry cannot take place apart from the Body of Christ, TUMI is committed to enriching the life and outreach of urban congregations and their servant-leaders. Our programs and materials are designed to equip men and women to serve effectively in the context of a local assembly.
Furthermore, since half of the people alive today live in cities, and with this number constantly growing, TUMI believes that Christian leadership education calls for a special focus on urban ministry. Believing, too, that God has chosen the poor to be rich in faith and to inherit the Kingdom which he promised to those who love him (James 2:5), TUMI unequivocally holds that no one should be excluded for training merely because they cannot afford it, or lack the academic background to qualify for traditional seminary training. In light of this, we believe that God is raising up dynamic leaders from among the urban poor who deserve access to quality theological education.
TUMI's Great Passion: Raising Up Godly Servant Leaders for the City
On the significance of vision and passion, the Scriptures are clear: where there is no prophetic vision, the people perish--they cast off restraint (Prov. 29.18). The vision that inspires us, drives and encourages us, that moves us is rooted in a simple biblical axiom: God's method of transformation and mission is people. When God wants to accomplish something great for his namesake, he raises up a man or a woman on whom he can anoint, by whom he can fulfill his covenant promise, and through whom he can work. Above all else, TUMI is established on this essential conviction: God is raising up a new generation of Christ-centered servant leaders who are biblically equipped, spiritually vital, and technically competent to accomplish God's task of planting the Church in the cities of America and the world. Since our beginning, we have sought to live out this vision, and to see God work through his chosen vessels who would launch pioneer urban church planting movements. Our vision is to identify and equip God's called leaders who are emerging from and called to serve and plant these churches in these movements. We are trusting the Lord Jesus through them to spawn aggressive new church planting initiatives among the poor in America and across the globe, and thereby fultill the Great Commission among America's and the world's urban poor.
The Urban Ministry Institute is a training and research institution that exists to equip leaders for the urban church, especially among the poor, in order to advance the Kingdom of God.
Why We Believe in Training Leaders among the Urban Poor
God chooses the broken to confound the whole, the foolish to shame the wise, the poor to astound the rich, the base and the despised to shame the honorable, and the weak to humble the strong. God chooses and exalts what men tend to reject and despise (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29).
In order to fulfill our purpose and vision, we design programs specifically tailored to be flexible, affordable, and adaptable for urban leaders and churches where they live and minister. Engineered for maximum flexibility, you can adapt our programming for use in your church, neighborhood, and community immediately. Anchored in the historically orthodox Great Tradition, our resources avoid sectarianism entirely, and focus on the central themes and issues that urban leaders and churches must understand and master in order to fulfill their God-given callings. Join our many partners who are using our affordable resource effectively in their own local urban church contexts.
Structure and Programming
Our Structure and Strategy
Since 1995 TUMI has established structures to help empower local churches and other organizations as they equip leaders for urban ministry. Our programming and structures allow for each partner to exercise freedom as they adapt their training program to meet the needs of their leaders in their own specific and unique local situation. While our training is done by qualified academics, most with terminal degrees in their field, we highlight the importance of the local church in all aspects of training, and seek to work closely with the student's pastors to craft programming and training best suited to meet their unqiue ministry needs and opportunities.
The Hope School of Ministry
Since our inception, we have taught more than one hundred seminary-level courses at our local campus (our Hope School of Ministry), conferred our academic Certificates and Diplomas upon graduating classes of local students, and hosted numerous training events for trainers across the country.
Certificate and Diploma Programs
The Urban Ministry Institute concentrates all of its educational programming on ministering effectively among city populations, and all our classes are taught in light of the needs of urban ministry. All of our courses can be applied to one or more of our Certificate or Diploma study programs: The Certificate in Christian Leadership Studies, The Certificate in Urban Theological Studies or The Ministerial Studies Diploma.
The Nicene Creed Bibliography
As perhaps the most significant product of the Early Church’s theological interpretation, the Nicene Creed is considered by many as the standard for historic orthodox faith. As such, this important document serves our critical theological foundation, informing our view of historic orthodoxy, and sketching our understanding of leadership credential for faith. For both the follow up of new converts to the credentialing of ordained ministers, the Nicene Creed is preeminent as a summary of sound Christian belief and doctrine. This listing explores the Nicene Creed’s origin, content, and importance.
Leadership Development Bibliography
As an institution dedicated to leadership training, TUMI strives to facilitate the multiplication and enrichment of pastors, missionaries, elders, and lay leaders who can serve and protect the urban church. Without godly leaders, our work will be lost, and these communities will remain underserved and unshepherded. We consider the works in this bibliography to be particularly helpful to all interested in enhancing their own leadership, or in raising up a new generation of laborers for the city.
TUMI’s Core Recommended Texts
Want to know what we consider the abbreviated, must-have list of books for an emerging urban Christian leader, and the books we use over and over in our TUMI classes and workshops? Here it is! Although there are countless books that may be desirable for urban leaders today, we employ this listing as the core texts used in our instruction, books we regularly use in the various classes and workshops we sponsor.
The Word That Equips Leaders for Every Good Work: Bible Study Tools
Paul assured Timothy that the Scriptures could completely outfit and equip the Christian leader for every work that the Holy Spirit called them to do. TUMI places great emphasis on leaders mastering the Bible, rightly dividing the Word of truth through careful and reverent exegesis and prompt obedience. In order to rightly divide the Scripture, we must understand these great literary pieces in their original context and setting. Only then can we begin to bridge the gap between the original culture and our contemporary situation. The resources listed here can help shorten that distance. If you’re interested in becoming a better student of Scripture, consider obtaining the works listed here. We describe here how a number of tools function, and give you our own recommendations for purchase.
Commentaries are books which offer complimentary explanation and interpretation of the Bible’s content. They help interpret the meaning of a particular book of Scripture from the vantage point of a pastor, scholar, or biblical interpreter. There are four major kinds of commentaries: devotional, doctrinal, exegetical, and homiletical.
Concordances are some of the most useful tools in obtaining the citations of the Bible on a particular subject or topic. They list all of the words found in the pages of the translation they cover, and where they are found, in alphabetical order. Similarly, lexicons provide the definitions (usages) of words as given in a particular verse of Scripture. A lexicon gives the definitions of words. Many lexicons used for the study of the Bible also show which meaning is used in a particular verse of Scripture. Expository Dictionaries add comments to explain the relationship between word meanings and biblical doctrines.
Bible Dictionaries offer helpful information covering topics of the historical, geographical, cultural, scientific, and theological issues in the Bible. It provides excellent background data on people, places, animals, events, and physical objects found in the Bible, as well as summaries on each book of the Bible. Atlases cover geographic and other background information on the regions and boundaries of the biblical epochs of Scripture, and traces important journeys of central Biblical characters and nations.
Cross-reference aids seek to link and connect biblical texts and concepts in one book to another. They focus on the relationship of various texts and passages which share a common topic or thematic center in biblical exegesis. These aids must be carefully used to avoid contextual errors as well as biases of editors to make associations which are neither legitimate nor defensible.
Bible Handbooks, Study Bibles, and Guides to Biblical Imagery
These aids bring together a wealth of information of every section and book of the Bible. They tend to provided context-based info in general terms on some part of the Scripture. They are useful in providing background information on the author, date, and circumstances on the book, and certain uses of special language in interpretation and exegesis (symbol, metaphor, figurative language, etc). Care should be used to distinguish between the views of the editors and commentators about the Bible, and what the text itself says and claims.
A Bibliography for Biblical Hermeneutics
Here is an excellent, select tools in enriching your discipline of Scripture study!