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The Power of Partnership

TUMI Satellites: A New Way to Equip Leaders
Satellite Locations
The Capstone Curriculum

How Satellites Work: Incubators for Servant Leadership
What Is a Satellite of The Urban Ministry Institute?
Video: Dr. Keith Phillips
Video: Dr. Don L. Davis
Benefits of Becoming a Satellite
Special Satellite Offer
A Satellite Powerpoint Presentation
A Satellite Powerpoint Presentation Spanish
Frequently Asked Questions (about this offer) and Sample Costs

How to Become a Satellite
Multiplying Laborers for the Urban Harvest
♦ Site Application Form 
 Site Reference Form
♦ Satellite Pre-Interview Video: Your Institute: 12 Key Principles
Site Finalization Form
Special Satellite Offer

Curricula and Programs
The Capstone Curriculum
 Currículo Piedra Angular
Accreditation and Accredited Partnership Training
Certificate and Diploma Program

TUMI Satellite Partners
Satellite Summit
Satellite Partner Gateway
Satellite Locations

Join Us As We Empower Urban Churches for Ministry

The Power of Partnership 

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Identifying and recruiting partners is the only option for anyone who truly intends to fulfill the Great Commission in the inner city.  Partnership is a time-tested principle in many endeavors, and, when done properly, always leads to dramatic results.  Its power has been seen in every endeavor where God’s people have sought to expand the Kingdom of God.  The Lord God has made us partners together with him as we serve him as his very own ambassadors (2 Cor. 5.20).  Rather than competing with each other, or even worse, ignoring the efforts of one another altogether, God desires that we join forces together in unity in order to mobilize his Church for evangelism, discipleship, and growing healthy congregations among the unreached urban poor (Phil. 1.27ff.).  What an exciting, transforming vision!

elcentro2-500We establish TUMI satellites in strategic partnership with churches, organizations, and church traditions in order to ensure that their leaders are equipped for effective urban ministry, and empowered to display and advance the Kingdom in unreached communities neighboring their own. As God raises up a new generation of qualified spiritual laborers, we will see the numbers of new believers and healthy churches, and new church movements multiply across America and the world!

We also work to help the leaders and churches arising from existing and emerging church movements to participate as active members of larger networks of healthy assemblies where they can be edified through common worship and discipleship, dynamic, ongoing fellowship, and protected through effective structures of godly oversight and stewardship. We help these churches and their leaders collaborate with others of likeminded vision in order to work together on strategic projects of fellowship, giving, service, and mission.

The TUMI Satellite structure is our answer to the inacessibility of much traditional theological education to leaders of the church in the city. Our desire is to establish as many satellites as necessary to service the churches who serve the city, not only the ones which currently exist but those which the Lord will raise up through new strategic efforts of evangelism, discipling, and church planting.

TUMI Satellites: A New Way to Equip Leaders 

Hawthorne SatelliteYou can multiply disciples and equip laborers for the urban harvest by starting a training center, a TUMI satellite, in your church or ministry.  A “satellite” of the Institute is a sister ministry, whether located in a church, Christian organization, or mission that meets our requirements to equip leaders for the urban church, especially among the poor, in order to advance the Kingdom of God in the city.  A satellite is a partner, a group of Christians who have committed themselves to train leaders for the urban church, maintaining their own identity and independence, while at the same time taking advantage of our staff, curricula, and experience as we strive together to raise up faithful laborers for the harvest (Matt. 9.35-38).  Our desire is to provide each satellite with the most affordable and excellent theological resources that we can.  We believe that making such resources available will enable you to create your own unique training program that best suits your students and ministry situation.

Many urban churches and ministries suffer with discouragement because there is little lasting fruit. Often there is no plan for leadership development. The biggest obstacle to successfully planting churches is training indigenous leaders to be pastors, to be able to rightly divide the Word of Truth without losing their cultural distinctive. For decades the Church in America has told the urban poor, “If you want a theological education, you have to change cultures and know someone who is rich.” We have basically said, “Do not bother to apply to get Bible training.” Consequently, biblically sound, evangelical urban leadership is uncommon.

Chester SatelliteThe Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) overcomes four barriers that urban leaders face in their efforts to receive theological education: 

  1. Cost: Many urban pastors could never afford to attend a traditional seminary.
  2. Academic requirements: Many of God's chosen leaders in the inner city have little more than a high school education and would not be admitted to most seminaries. 
  3. Proximity: Most urban leaders have a full-time ministry, a family, and a full-time job, so uprooting their family and abandoning their ministry to go away to Bible college is out of the question.
  4. Cultural relevance: Most of what is taught in traditional seminaries does not equip an urban pastor to lead a flock in the inner city, so even if he/she could afford to go to Bible school, what is taught there is not relevant to daily life.

In 1995 we launched TUMI National in Wichita, Kansas, and have trained over 100 pastors there. In 2000 we began establishing satellite Bible Institutes in other inner cities around the country. We have a host of satellites in the United States, as well as several other partners in other countries.

We offer a variety of training materials, but the core seminary-level curriculum is called The Capstone Curriculum, comprised of 16 modules in four subject areas.

How Satellites Work: Incubators for Servant Leadership 

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A TUMI Satellite is designed to become the kind of place and environment where fledgling servant leaders can both grow and mature.  As a place of dialogue, learning, mentoring, and training, a TUMI satellite can become a place which enables little hatchlings in Christ to become eagles of God, and where inexperienced fledglings in ministry can be developed into equipped men and women of God.  We desire to be an incubator for godly leadership development, i.e., a place where faithful, available, and teachable disciples can be prepared for leadership in the church.

How does TUMI’s “satellite“ program work? A satellite is a partner ministry, whether located in a church, Christian organization, prison, or mission that affirms our statement of faith and resonates with our purpose to plant as many evangelical churches as possible among the inner city’s unreached poor. As an evangelical ministry dedicated to teaching the Word of God, we want to find other churches and Christian organizations who share our belief in its power to transform, and partner with them to equip others to minister the Word effectively wherever God leads them.

We also start TUMI satellites in jails and prisons, in partnership with prison ministries.  Please see our "Equipping Prisoners for Christ" page dedicated to this TUMI sites dedicated to prisoners.

How We Can Multiply Godly Servant Leaders In the City
In order to start a satellite, you will need to persuade your friends, supporters, and fellow workers on the need and validity of leadership development. Helping others understand the challenges faced by most urban churches and ministries is a critical part of establishing a TUMI satellite. Of all the barriers that must be overcome, perhaps the most persistent obstacle to sustain effective minister in the name of Christ in the city is our inability to train Christian workers and community leaders to pastor and serve the people of God. Traditional education is costly and long, and oftentimes offered in venues and in ways foreign to urban workers.

TUMI has created video presentations designed to be used by churches and organizations to help others understand the need of the city for godly servant leaders, and how establishing your own training center can enable you to offer affordable, biblical, and quality leadership training in the context of your own church or ministry. Preview these communication tools here, and if you find them helpful, obtain copies to distribute in your context. Spread the word about the need for affordable, culturally conducive, Christ-centered training, and how TUMI can make this possible where you live and minister!

We deeply believe that you can multiply the impact of your leaders through focused, affordable training that encourages and prepares them for new challenges in ministry. You can view here our streaming videos to find out more about our vision to equip urban Christian leaders, and learn the specifics of our special satellite offers.

Video: Dr. Keith Phillips
Video: Dr. Don L. Davis

Benefits of Becoming a Satellite 
Although you need not become a TUMI satellite to use our resources, it is clear that obvious benefits exist to those churches and organizations who do in fact choose to join our remarkable association of leadership developing schools! As an approved satellite of TUMI, we make available to you a number of specific programs and services, all designed to enhance your leadership development efforts where you are.

Special Satellite Offer
Due to a generous grant, we can now offer churches and organizations who are interested in establishing a training center a special discount that can cover many of the initial start up costs for becoming a satellite! If you have ever dreamed or thought about starting your own training center in your urban church or ministry, please, take a closer look at this special offer to help make that dream come true! Grants are available to the first 150 U.S. churches or ministries whose application to become a TUMI satellite are approved.

How to Become a Satellite 

This vision of multiplying churches in new movements is simply too comprehensive for any one mission organization or training institution. God will need to raise up entire movements of churches, denominations, and organizations to join forces for a new thrust of evangelism and church planting among America’s urban poor!

 

Steps to Form Your Own Satellite

Follow these eight easy steps to become a satellite of The Urban Ministry Institute.

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Purchase a copy of our Multiplying Laborers for the Urban Harvest or the Multiplicando Obreros para la Conecha Urbana guidebook to obtain the necessary materials to begin the process. (Our Multiplying Laborers for the Urban Harvest is our how-to comprehensive guidebook for churches and organizations considering the pros and cons of creating an urban leadership training center. Based on the latest research of theological and bibilical education today, we designed this resource to guide you through the entire rationale and procedure of starting a training center in your church or organization. Convinced that the church is the best venue to equip effective ministry leaders, this innovative workbook gives you all you need to start your institute, from concept to first class session!)

Step Two
Complete the Site Coordinator and Site Application for (Appendix 21.1 in the Multiplying Laborers for the Urban Harvest guidebook).  Please mail this form to The Urban Ministry Institute, Satellite Director, 2001. S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007 or Fax it to (323) 735-2576.

Step Three
Give a Satellite Coordinator Reference Form to three individuals who can help us to know you better (see Appendix 21.2 in your Multiplying Laborers for the Urban Harvest guidebook).  Please instruct your references to mail their completed form to The Urban Ministry Institute, Satellite Director, 2001. S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007 or Fax it to (323) 735-2576.

NOTE:  Applicants outside the U.S. must have one reference from a U.S. church or ministry who has knowledge of, and commitment to, the applicant's ministry.

Step Four
Once we receive your application and references forms, we will email you a pre-interview quiz. Complete the quiz and return it to us (you may fax, email, or mail your answers).  Watch our Satellite pre-interview video "Your Institute: 12 Key Principles".  We will then contact you in order to set up an appropriate time for a phone interview.

Step Five
After the phone interview, we will immediately contact you regarding your acceptance as a satellite of TUMI.

Step Six
Upon acceptance, send a photo of yourself, along with your Satellite Site License Fee to the Satellite Director.

Step Seven
Please use the Project Checklist (Appendix 21.3) to cover all necessary steps in creating your satellite.

Step Eight
Submit your Site Finalization Form (Appendix 21.4) to The Urban Ministry Institute, Satellite Director, 2001. S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007 or Fax it to (323) 735-2576, and begin to employ the resources and support of our staff as you equip leaders in your city!

Special Satellite Offer

 Special Satellite Offer
Due to a generous grant, we can now offer churches and organizations who are interested in establishing a training center a special discount that can cover many of the initial start up costs for becoming a satellite! If you have ever dreamed or thought about starting your own training center in your urban church or ministry, please, take a closer look at this special offer to help make that dream come true! Grants are available to the first 150 U.S. churches or ministries whose application to become a TUMI satellite are approved.

Contact our Satellite Director to start your process for establishing a satellite in your church or ministry.

Curricula and Programs 

The Capstone Curriculum
The Capstone Curriculum is our premiere leadership development tool, a 16-module seminary-level training program specifically designed for the busy urban pastor and Christian worker. Described as a “seminary-in-a-box,” this comprehensive leadership training program provides affordable, sensitive, and effective biblical learning to all desiring to sharpen their urban outreach and ministry.

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Currículo Piedra Angular
El Curriculo Piedra Angular es un programa de entrenamiento de 16 módulos, enseñados a nivel de seminario, el cual diseñamos especificamente para servir como el conocimiento más esencial y las habilidades necesarias de aprendizaje para un ministerio efectivo y liderazgo en la iglesia. Cada módulo (curso) viene con una Guía del Mentor, un Libro de Notas del Estudiante y dos DVD (cuatro horas de video). Cada módulo también requiere libros de texto complementarios. Este curriculum está diseñado para que se use en una variedad de formatos, marcos de tiempo y lugares. Como curriculum de entrenamiento completo, puede tener acceso por ello al Programa de Certificados de Satélite del Instituto Ministerial Urbano. Afectuosamente llamado "seminario portátil", este curriculum le dará todo lo que necesita para equiparse usted mismo y a sus líderes para un ministerio efectivo en su igl esia y en su comunidad.

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Accreditation and Accredited Partnership Training
As a training center dedicated to honoring and glorifying God in all we do, TUMI is unashamedly committed to academic excellence and quality leadership education. Every resource and program represents our commitment to excellence and God-honoring leadership education that rivals the most rigorous and presitiguous programs today. Nevertheless, we have deliberately chosen to remain non-accredited in order to provide any spiritually qualified urban leader to have direct access to our ministry training.

Certificate and Diploma Program
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.

TUMI's Satellite Partners 

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Each year, TUMI National hosts our annual Satellite Summit, a gathering of fellowship and networking of our current satellite leaders. We designed this two-day conference to encourage our site coordinators, to give opportunity to network and cross-pollinate in terms of leveraging resources together. It is a time strengthen our share vision of leadership training and church planting movements in the city, and a way to link likeminded leaders together in order to consult with one another on themes and projects of interest.

Satellite Partner Gateway
This is your portal to TUMI's extensive satellite resouce page for you. If you are a TUMI Satellite partner, we count you a valued member of our incredible association of ministry partners who are advancing the Kingdom in some of the hardest fields in the world. We thank God for you, and count your friendship and partnership as our greatest asset. We have developed this section of our website especially for you, created in order to answer your questions and get you the support you need to make your satellite a premiere training center.

Satellite Locations
Here is a listing of our current satellite locations and their contact information.

Join Us As We Empower Urban Churches For Ministry 

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We deeply believe in the Holy Spirit’s ability to raise up faithful men and women who can teach deserving urban students the Word of God, and prepare them for the ministry.  Our desire is to find new ways to cooperate with you as you fulfill your burden and calling to equip urban Christian leaders to minister effectively in their congregations and communities.  We do not wish to hinder or squelch your vision for leadership development.  On the contrary, we stand ready and are eager to do whatever we can to assist you as you provide ministry training for the leaders in your church and community.  As an evangelical ministry dedicated to teaching the Word of God, we want to find other churches and Christian organizations who share our belief in its power to transform, and partner with them to equip others to minister the Word effectively wherever God would lead them.

In light of this, we encourage you to take seriously the possibility of starting your own satellite training center.  We pledge our most focused effort to help you raise up solid Christian leaders in your church or organization.  Our parent ministry, World Impact  Inc., is committed to assisting  anyone who desires to mobilize leaders for more effective body life, outreach, and pioneer missions.

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