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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Below are a list of many of the common questions people ask us about TUMI and the programming we offer.  Browse through the questions and answers, and get specific information about our curriculum, conviction, and conduct!  We add new questions and answers all the time, so check back often.

Overview of Question Sections

General Questions about TUMI

Can I take your courses online?
What are Foundations for Ministry Courses?
Where are you located?
What is TUMI's doctrinal position?
How are you funded?
Can I come and take courses at TUMI headquarters?
Are you affiliated with a particular denomination or tradition?
Are you accredited with any academic oversight organization?
How can I facilitate a Let God Arise! prayer meeting?
How can I get involved in your independent studies program?
Who can attend your conferences and training events?
Do you have internship programs?
Can I take a sabbatical at TUMI?
Do you have resources appropriate for those who are not pastors, elders, or church leaders?
Where are your current satellites?
Can I take your courses for credit?
Who can attend your workshops, conferences and/or training events?

TUMI Satellite Questions

♦  Must I have access to the internet and an email address to be a TUMI satellite?
♦  Do you reccomend paying your mentors and adjuncts?
♦  Many of the students in our site are simply taxed in terms of time and schedule.  Is it okay to relax various parts of the standards on the students in order to help them with time pressure with home, work, and ministry?
♦  How long is each class?
♦  What else is required beyond classroom time?
♦  How many hours per course should be set aside for study outside of class?
♦  How many years will it take to complete the training and earn a certificate?
♦  What if we want to offer our own classes, in addition to what Capstone provides?

TUMI Media Center Questions

How do I open Adobe Acrobat PDF documents?
How do I open audio or video files?
How do you compress mp3s to such a small file size? The files download so quickly compared to the files I upload to our website and I wondered how you all do it! :)

Spiritual Formation Questions

♦  How do you use the Church Year to follow-up Christians and equip leaders?
♦  How can you best use the Lectionary in church, small group, or personal devotions?
♦  Can you explain to me the Great Tradition?
♦  I was wondering what the symbolism stands for in the lighting and extinguishing of the candles during the worship serve. And also the liturgy of the Lord's Supper and of the lighting/extinguishing of the candles?

Software and Equipment Questions

What software do you use to create the Media Bank?
What software do you use to project the songs during worship?

 

General Questions about TUMI and Its Programming

Can I take your courses online?
Answer: currently, we do not offer any of our courses online.  We follow more of a cohort model of adult leadership education, which assumes learning in the company of fellow students and Christian workers.

♦  What are Foundations for Ministry Courses?
Answer: These are reformatted courses from actual classes taught at our Hope School of Ministry, which are now made available to others.

♦  Where are you located?
Answer: TUMI National is located in Wichita, KS at the Wichita World Impact complex, 3701 E. 13th St., Wichita, KS 67208.  Our satellites and their locations can be found on the link on our homepage.

♦  What is TUMI's doctrinal position?
Answer: TUMI is a ministry of World Impact, Inc., and subscribes unequivocally to the World Impact Affirmation of Faith Statement

♦  How are you funded?
Answer: The majority of our funding comes from the tax-deductible gifts of individual Christians and congregations.  We also have receive funds from various foundations, grant giving organizations, and revenue from our TUMI products and resources.

♦  Can I come and take courses at TUMI headquarters?
Answer: Yes, enrollment is open at TUMI National.  However, we do demand that all our students be affiliated in a local church in good standing, with their pastor's or lead minister's reccomendation.  If you are interested in taking courses, however, the first step would be to see if a TUMI satellite exists in your area; then, you can enquire with one of our partners regarding their courses and their availability.  You can find the location of our TUMI satellites from our Satellite location webpage here.

♦  Are you affiliated with a particular denomination or tradition?
Answer: As a ministry of World Impact, Inc., TUMI is interdenominational in focus and strategy.  This allows us to work with a number of different denominations and traditions, as long as they subscribe to the historic orthodox teachings expressed in our Statement of Faith.

♦  Are you accredited with any academic oversight organization?
Answer. No.  We have deliberately chosen not to be accredited in order that we can make our training programs available to a broader base of potential candidates from the city.  This commitment, however, does not mean that our academic programming is inferior or unrecognized.  Some accredited schools actually recognize our training and give credit for courses completed at TUMI

♦  How can I facilitate a Let God Arise! prayer meeting? 
Answer: We have created an ongoing collection of resources specifically designed to help those who want to intercede for our ministry and the city!  Vist our Let God Arise! web page, and see all the ways you can support urban ministry and mission in prayer.

♦  How can I get involved in your independent studies program? 
Answer: Because of limited faculty and staff time, the likelihood of beginning an independent studies program is slight.  However, contact us with your proposal, and we will answer you quickly regarding its possibility, given our current priorities and tasks.

♦  Who can attend your conferences and training events? 
Answer: While some of our training events are dependent on participation in our classes and programs, most of them are open to the general public, as long as attendees register beforehand.  If there is an event we are sponsoring that you would like to attend, let us know, and we will respond as to its availability.

♦  Do you have internship programs?
Answer: As a ministry of World Impact, we are connected to various departments of ministry which, like the Institute, offer internships in church planting, medical ministry, and summer staff positions.  TUMI has selectively offered internships, so, if your interested, please contact us.

♦  Can I take a sabbatical at TUMI? Answer: Under certain circumstances, TUMI does consider sabbaticals for select individuals who qualify.  Please write us with your ideas, and we will correspond with you regarding its current availability.

♦  Do you have resources appropriate for those who are not pastors, elders, or church leaders?
Answer: Although most of our materials have been designed to equip urban leaders in ministry, virtually all of our resources can be adapted in a discipling or teaching setting for those who are not necessarily in leadership positions.  For instance, the Master the Bible System was designed to be a resource for the whole spectrum of followers of Christ, from those newly converted to those leading others.  Portions of a curriculum can be used, or particular sections of resources can be highlighted with particular audiences in mind.  If you are interested in a particular resource, and have questions about its usage, write us and we will respond in ways it can be adapted for your teaching audience.

♦  Where are your current satellites?
Answer: Our current number and location of satellites can be found on our Satellite locations page.

♦  Can I take your courses for credit?
Answer: In order to take a TUMI course for credit, you must be currently enrolled in either TUMI National's or a TUMI satellite's academic program.  All courses then taken can be applied to the Certificate and Diploma programs offered through TUMI.

Who can attend your workshops, conferences and/or training events?
Answer: All are welcome to attend one of our workshops here at TUMI. Fees and books vary in different workshops, and those will be posted in our communications about that event. Conferences and training events are by invitation only due to these events being focused on specific areas of ministry and training needs. If you are interested in having a conference or training event here at TUMI, please contact us via e-mail us on the Contact Us section of our site.  

TUMI Satellite Questions

♦  Must I have access to the internet and an email address to be a TUMI satellite?
Answer: Yes.  The vast majority of the support and consultation we offer our satellites come from the resources we have placed on TUMI.org, and so in order to gain access to our support products, you will need to obtain access to the internet, and secure your own email account for notifications and updates.

♦  Do you reccomend paying your mentors and adjuncts?
Answer: We leave this up to each individual's satellite's policies.  Without question, the work of a dedicated mentor or professor is significant, and we ought to do all we can to encourage their best and most devoted instruction.  Still, since we have taught classes at TUMI National, since 1996, we have not had to pay a single mentor a salary or even an honorarium.  We have acknowledged their labors with books and gifts, but we do not have a budget for remunerating our adjuncts.  We have found that, when challenged with the need and after being exposed to our students, the pastors and leaders who have taught at TUMI National have been inspired and enriched.

♦  Many of the students in our site are simply taxed in terms of time and schedule.  Is it okay to relax various parts of the standards on the students in order to help them with time pressure with home, work, and ministry?
Answer:  Unfortunately, all students everywhere, especially those serving Christ in the city, will have time oriented challenges.  We strongly urge all our satellites to follow the syllabus requirements and to keep assignement protocols and regimens of discipline and preparation.  While real emergencies will demand flexibility in how assignments are handled, for the most part, ongoing work should retain its pace and demand.  TUMI simulates and is seminary training; pressure and challenge are built in to this kind of study preparation.

Of course, students do have options if they are under time pressure.  They may elect not to take a class if their schedule is too busy, or they may choose to simply audit it, where desire and time clash!  But, all things being equal, we advise you neither to amend nor change your basic syllabic standards of student preparation in any of your satellite courses.  Students should be trained to handle adversity and manage time better; or, mentors may elect under legitimate circumstances to give an incomplete, and let the students finish the work later.  But, we ought not change our standards on the basis of such a common challenge: student time pressure.  By definition, no student has ever had enough time to do his or her work they way they wanted to!

♦  How long is each class?
Answer:  Each of the 16 courses requires about 12-16 hours of classroom time.  Most often, this is done meeting two hours per week for eight weeks, but it can also be done over four weeks, with a weekly three-hour session.  Some satellites have held intensive classes that complete the class over a weekend.

♦  What else is required beyond classroom time? Answer: Each course requires the following:

  • A five-page exegetical project
  • A ministry project, where the student applies what is learned in a real-life ministry application
  • Approximately 50 pages of textbook reading per week
  • Memorization of a short Bible passage each week
  • Study for a short quiz each week
  • Study for a take-home final exam

♦  How many hours per course should be set aside for study outside of class?
Answer: For a 12-hour class,  students should plan to spend another 40 hours in study, reading, memorizing, and completion of their projects.  Over an eight-week class, that would be about one hour per weekday.

♦  How many years will it take to complete the training and earn a certificate?
Answer: This depends on how many classes you offer every year.  Most satellites offer four classes per year, on the quarter system.   This would mean it would take a student four years to complete earn a certificate.  However, if you offer eight courses per year, a student can finish in two years.

♦  What if we want to offer our own classes, in addition to what Capstone provides?
Answer: You can submit a Certificate plan for a combination of your own classes along with Capstone courses, so students can earn a Certificate of Urban Theological Studies, as long as it meets certain provisions.

Media Center Questions

♦  How do I open Adobe Acrobat PDF documents?
Answer: PDF files should open automatically when you click on the link. If they do not, you may need to install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

♦  How do I open audio or video files?
Answer: Media files should open automatically when you click on the link. If they do not, you may need to install the free Quicktime media player .

♦  How do you compress mp3s to such a small file size? The files download so quickly compared to the files I upload to our website and I wondered how you all do it! :)
Answer: We edit audio in Sound Forge. Most of our spoken word MP3s are edited and then encoded for the web at 32 Kbps, 22,050 Hz, 16 Bit, Mono. We archive the original recording. Most audio programs will have some way to change the MP3 bitrate and encoding. Look for buttons that say Custom or Properties. In Sound Forge, the quality settings are in the same area as where I set the ID3 tags.

Spiritual Formation Questions

♦  How do you use the Church Year to follow-up Christians and equip leaders? 
Answer: The Church Year is a comprehensive vision of the life of Jesus Christ celebrated and reenacted in real time.  It covers all the main events in Christ's revelation to the world, from the OT prophecies concerning his coming to his coming again in glory for his people.  Through the various readings, celebrations, services, and meditations that occur through the year, the entire church can go through the mystery of the Christ event year after year.  Perhaps nothing provides the entire church community an opportunity to walk on the journey of Christ and his people in worship, teaching, discipleship, and service like the Church Year.  Visit our webpage on the Church Year Calendar and learn more how you can be spiritually formed through a Christ-centered focus on the Church Year!

♦  How can you best use the Lectionary in church, small group, or personal devotions? 
Answer: the Lectionary follows the Church Year specifically, offering a range of texts to be read in conjunction with the various remembrances, services, and emphases of the Calendar.  Designed for flexible use, it allows for readings of the Scriptures to be done either weekly (on the Lord's Day), daily readings, or special readings in connection to the celebrations of the Calendar.  Use the readings generously and flexibly, depending on your own tradition, church situation, or devotional structures.

♦  Can you explain to me the Great Tradition? 
Answer: The Great Tradition represents that evangelical, apostolic, and catholic core of Christian faith and practice embraced and affirmed as authoritative by Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant traditions.  It covers the span roughly from the time of the apostles to the middle of the sixth century, rougly from 100-500 C.E. It is a rich legacy of the once-for-all-faith delivered to the Church from the apostles, and embodies the confession of what the Church has always believed, along with the worship and mission that the ancient, undivided Church celebrated and embodied.  From the Great Tradition we received the Apostolic Tradition, i.e., the authoritative canon and source of all Christian faith, the Scriptures, the ecumenical councils, with their true teaching regarding our Triune God and the work of Christ.  Furthermore, we also gain great insight as to how the church can honor and glorify God in the midst of a wicked and godless society.  TUMI seeks to retrieve this great treasure, to contextualize the Great Tradition, and make it applicable in the context of the urban environment for the urban church.

♦  I was wondering what the symbolism stands for in the lighting and extinguishing of the candles during the worship serve. And also the liturgy of the Lord's Supper and of the lighting/extinguishing of the candles?
Answer: Candles have always been connected to Christian worship.  This is based largely on their presence in Jewish worship.  The lampstand was a part of the furniture in the holy place.  Candles were a part of Jewish/synagogue worship.  The Lampstand, along with the showbread, altar of incense are all typological emblems of Jesus Christ:  Christ is the light, Christ is the bread, and Christ is our intercessor.

While these things are important, the history of candles (votive, altar, and sanctuary) is a centuries old practice associated with Christ as the light, etc.   There is nothing weird or magical about candles they have simply been associated with Christian worship, emblematic, suggestive of Christ as the light, the church is the light of the world, the spirit of the humankind is a candle of the Lord (in proverbs).

Software and Equiptment Questions

What software do you use to create the Media Bank?
Answer: The software we use for our media bank is a Joomla plug-in called Bible Study.

What software do you use to project the songs during worship?
Answer: The latest version of Easy Worship.

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