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This link connects you to the home page of TUMI’s parent ministry, World Impact, Inc., an interdenominational missions organization* commited to facilitating church-planting movements by evangelizing, equipping and empowering the unchurched urban poor.

*A missions organization ministers to the unchurched, cross-culturally and plants churches.

World Impact's Mission Statement

cIMG_6567e.jpgWorld Impact is a Christian missions organization* commited to facilitating church-planting movements by evangelizing, equipping and empowering the unchurched urban poor.

*A missions organization ministers to the unchurched, cross-culturally and plants churches.

World Impact ministers cross-culturally to people unreached by the gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism, follow-up, discipleship and indigenous church-planting.

World Impact empowers urban disciples by planting churches in the city, and training leadership for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. We believe that no other organization in the history of our nation has been more empowering and enriching to the city than the church of Jesus Christ. We are dedicated, therefore, to planting as many churches as possible among the lost in America's cities. Our missionaries seek to cross class and cultural barriers, reach the lost with the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and form culturally-conducive churches who will go on to minister effectively among the urban poor.

  • We are Incarnational: All our missionaries live in the communities where they minister.
  • We are Evangelical: We present Christ to the unchurched through Bible clubs, Bible studies and worship services.
  • We are Discipleship-oriented: We nurture people to maturity in Christ and train them to teach others.
  • We are Compassionate: We demonstrate the gospel we declare by providing:
    • Christian elementary and middle schools
    • Emergency food, clothing, medicine and shelter
    • Christian camping and retreats
    • Job training
    • Tutoring
    • Sports and recreation programs
    • Medical and dental clinics

World Impact's Church Planting Vision

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To Plant as Many Churches as Possible as Quickly as Possible among America’s Unreached Urban Poor

In 1965, Keith Phillips, while a student at UCLA, began teaching Youth For Christ Bible clubs in Watts. He began recruiting BIOLA students to volunteer with him and the ministry to the urban poor grew. By 1971, God called Keith to full-time ministry and World Impact was incorporated. Full-time missionaries moved into the communities they served. Evangelism to children expanded to teens and whole families.

During the 1970's, while retaining a strong emphasis on evangelism, World Impact became more intentional about discipleship. In the early 1980's, World Impact started ministries to the whole person, while keeping its priority of evangelism and discipleship.

During the 1980's, the efforts of evangelism and discipleship were bearing fruit and new believers were forming into worshiping communities, leading World Impact to plant culturally-relevant churches in the inner city. The massive numbers of immigrants from Central America and Asia, along with the growing numbers of urban poor, underscored the need to not only evangelize and disciple individuals, but to establish new churches among the poor. In 1990, church planting became the primary strategy to evangelize, equip, and empower the urban poor.

Since that time, World Impact has aggressively sought to plant healthy indigenous churches in inner cities across the country. In addition, we currently partner with other evangelical churches and denominations in order to send pioneer missionaries in unreached urban communities, with the goal to plant as many churches as possible as quickly as possible, among America’s unreached urban poor.

World Impact and Founding of The Urban Ministry Institute

The Urban Ministry Institute was founded by and serves under the auspices and authority of its parent organization, World Impact, Inc., and seeks to advance the Kingdom in sync with its purpose and vision.

10a.jpgIn 1995 World Impact established The Urban Ministry Institute in order to facilitate its Kingdom advance in urban America. Designed to equip churches and organizations to launch their own training centers, TUMI currently has 44 satellite partners, most of which have already commenced training classes and leadership development programming. As World Impact continues to plant churches and partner with denominations to reach the unreached of urban America, The Urban Ministry Institute will work with them to empower their leaders and churches, and to equip a new generation of pastors, Christian workers, and urban missionaries to minister effectively in urban neighborhoods, and to work for their healing and transformation as the Lord leads.

CRW_1365.jpgThe Urban Ministry Institute is a ministry of World Impact, an interdenominational missions organization dedicated to evangelism, discipleship, and church planting among the urban poor in America. As its research center, TUMI seeks to equip leaders for the urban church, especially among the poor, to advance the Kingdom of God. We empower church planting movements among the poor to reach and transform America’s inner cities.

In order to attain this purpose, we help form strategic alliances between and among urban pastors, Christian workers, and missionaries, along with churches and denominations, and other Kingdom-minded organizations reaching out to the inner city. We facilitate these connections in order to trigger robust, evangelical pioneer church planting movements in the city. It is our hope that these movements will multiply thousands of culturally-conducive evangelical C1 churches among America’s urban poor. We will offer our expertise to assure that the churches in these movements glorify God the Father in their Christ-centered identity, Spirit-formed worship and community life, defending the historic orthodox faith, and engaging in Kingdom-oriented social justice and evangelical mission.

Since 1995, TUMI has sought to equip leaders who will both shepherd the urban church and oversee the advancement of the Kingdom through church planting in America’s inner cities. Through our various training events and resources, TUMI strives to see the evangelical leaders and churches from these movements join together in explicit unity for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission among the urban poor in America. Starting with the American unreached poor, we are challenging every inner city Christian leader, and urban church, and denominations to collaborate and coordinate their gifts, efforts, and resources to advance the Gospel of Christ and his kingdom to every urban poor community on earth. Look at some of the resources we have developed on the need to unite our efforts for a common missions focus on the urban poor through church planting!

The History of World Impact

In 1965, Keith Phillips, a student at UCLA, began teaching Youth For Christ Bible clubs in Watts. He began recruiting BIOLA students to volunteer with him and the ministry to the urban poor grew. By 1971, God called Keith to full-time ministry and World Impact was incorporated. Full-time missionaries moved into the communities they served. Evangelism to children expanded to teens and whole families.News of the ministry spread to other urban areas of the country and by 1972 World Impact was ministering in San Diego, California, and Wichita, Kansas. In 1975, Keith wrote about World Impact’s experiences in They Dare to Love the Ghetto. In 1976, the St. Louis and Newark ministries began and World Impact moved into their present headquarters at 20th and Vermont in Los Angeles. In 1977, the Fresno ministry began.

During the 1970's, while retaining a strong emphasis on evangelism, World Impact became more intentional about discipleship. By 1981, Keith Phillips wrote The Making of a Disciple, still recognized as one of the seminal books on discipleship. Films depicting urban ministry, as well as urban ministry training materials, were developed.

In the early 1980's, World Impact started ministries to the whole person, while keeping its priority of evangelism and discipleship. In 1982, the Los Angeles Christian School was opened and Morning Star Ranch was acquired to disciple young men from the inner city. By 1984, World Impact began job training opportunities (Inner City Enterprises), a thrift shop (The Sonshine Shop), and the Newark Christian School, while writing a culturally-conducive “through-the-Bible” curriculum. Out of these experiences, Keith wrote No Quick Fix, explaining the need for ministry to the whole person and the importance of whole families. In 1986, the Wichita Village property was acquired, from which the Good Samaritan Clinic was launched, an old Y.M.C.A building was remodeled for ministry in St. Louis, low-income housing was developed in Newark, and God provided THE OAKS camp, 65 miles north of Los Angeles. In 1988, the Chester, Pennsylvania, ministry opened, and ministry centers in San Diego and Fresno were remodeled.

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During the 1980's, the efforts of evangelism and discipleship were bearing fruit and new believers were forming into worshiping communities, leading World Impact to plant culturally-relevant churches in the inner city. The massive numbers of immigrants from Central America and Asia, along with the growing numbers of urban poor, underscored the need to not only evangelize and disciple individuals, but to establish new churches among the poor. In 1990, church planting became the primary strategy to evangelize, equip, and empower the urban poor.

In the early 1990's, as national attention was focused on the inner-city during the Los Angeles riot, World Impact acquired Harmony Heart camp in Pennsylvania, began ministry in Oakland and San Francisco, opened schools in Watts and Chester, launched The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) and planted its first churches in various cities. In 1996, World Impact celebrated its 25th anniversary as Deer Creek camp (outside Denver) and the Dallas ministry were added. Keith Phillips wrote about World Impact’s emerging church planting ministry in Out of Ashes. In 1999, World Impact hosted the first of three conferences on urban church planting, called Crowns of Beauty, each of which welcomed over 1200 international delegates.

In 2000, World Impact began hosting its School for Urban Cross-Cultural Church Planting, training urban church plant teams from all over the nation. In 2001, The John Mark Curriculum was published to train cross-cultural missionaries and three TUMI satellite campuses were opened. By 2004, 20 churches had been planted in eight World Impact cities, and an auditorium at THE OAKS Adult Conference Center was completed, dedicated in honor of board member Dr. Jack Hayford.

World Impact's Board Members

National Board Of Directors

CAROL ANDERSON, CAbi, Inc.
FRED BROLING, U.S. Precision Glass, retired
EARL BURKHALTER, Stranger's Rest Missionary Baptist Church
FRANCIS CHAN, Cornerstone Community Church
LINDA HAMILTON, Western Urban Development, Retired
CARL LABARBERA, Kingdomworks, SDG
BISHOP GEORGE D. MCKINNEY, Ph.D., St. Stephen's Church of God in Christ
PAUL PHILLIPS, Frontier Fence
R. CRAIG RATHMANN, Rathmann and Associates, LP
MIKE VAN DAELE, Van Daele Communities, LLC

National Advisory Board

CLIFF BARROWS, Billy Graham Association
PAT BOONE, Entertainer
JOHN E. BROWN, State Senator, Arkansas
KEN CANFIELD, National Center for Fathering
PAUL A. CEDAR, Mission America
RONALD A. CLINE, HCJB World Radio Fellowship
NICKY CRUZ, Nicky Cruz Outreach
GARY DEMAREST, Pastor
ROGER FREDRICKSON, American Baptist
VERNON GROUNDS, Denver Seminary
BILL McCARTNEY, Promise Keepers
JESSE MIRANDA, Vanguard University
Dr. LLOYD JOHN OGILVIE, United States Senate Chaplain, Retired
JOHN PERKINS, John Perkins Foundation
ROBERT SEIPLE, U.S. Ambassador For International Religious Freedom, Retired
BOB SHANK, Founder & CEO of Priority Living, Inc./The Master’s Program, & Strategic Life Coach
DR. JON R. WALLACE, Azusa Pacific University

 World Impact's Affirmation of Faith
 
As a ministry of World Impact, The Urban Ministry Institute unequivocally endorse World Impact's Affirmation of Faith statement expressing our allegiance to the orthodox faith.
    1. There is one living and true God, infinitely perfect in glory, wisdom, holiness, justice, power and love, one in His essence but eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God sovereignly created the world out of nothing, so that His creation, while wholly dependent upon Him, neither comprises part of God, nor conditions His essential perfection.

    1. The books which form the canon of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

    1. God created man in His own image, in a state of original righteousness, from which man subsequently fell by a voluntary revolt, and consequently is guilty, inherently corrupt and subject to divine wrath.CRW_1738e.jpg

    1. Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, became man without ceasing to be God by uniting to His divine nature a true human nature in His incarnation, and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, forever. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, exhibited His deity by manifold miracles, fulfilled the requirements of the Law by His sinless life, shed His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for man's sin, was resurrected from the dead in the same body, now glorified. He ascended into heaven and now intercedes in glory for His redeemed as our great high priest and advocate, and as the Head of the Church and Lord of the individual believer.

    1. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, through the ministry of regeneration and sanctification applies salvation and places believers into the Church, guides and comforts God's children, indwells, directs, gifts and empowers the Church in godly living and service in order to fulfill the Great Commission, and seals and keeps the believer until Christ returns.

    1. Every man, regardless of race or rank, who receives the Lord Jesus Christ by faith is born into the family of God and receives eternal life. This occurs solely because of the grace of God and has no ground in human merit.

    1. The Holy Church is the one institution specifically ordained of God to function in the furthering of the Kingdom until Christ comes again. It consists of all those regenerated by the Spirit of God, in mystical union and communion both with Christ, the head of the Body, and with fellow-believers. Neighborhood congregations are the local manifestation of the Church universal. In obedience to the command of Christ, these congregations preach the word of God, equip God's people for the work of ministry, and administer the Lord's Supper and Baptism.

    1. The Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily, visibly and personally to receive His own, to conform believers to His own image and to establish His millennial kingdom. He will judge the quick and the dead and will effect a final separation of the redeemed and the lost, assigning unbelievers to eternal punishment and believers to eternal glory, enjoying conscious fellowship with Him.

  1. Man's chief end in life is to honor and glorify Almighty God. Personal salvation is a means to this end.
 

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