The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI)
Transforming Inner Cities
As the national training arm of World Impact, The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) equips leadership for the urban church, especially among the poor, in order to advance the Kingdom of God. Founded in 1995, TUMI has been dedicated to empower church planting movements to reach and transform America's inner cities, as well as cities around the world.
In strategic partnership with churches, organizations, and church traditions, we establish training centers, TUMI Satellites, enabling urban churches and ministries to provide emerging leaders with affordable, effective resources for leadership development, church renewal, spiritual formation and pioneer mission.
Currently, we have 263 satellites in 19 countries, with more than 2,949 students taking classes worldwide. 382 of those students are outside of the U.S. and 1,375 are incarcerated. We have 687 graduates.
Each of our local ministry sites hosts a TUMI Satellite to provide training for community leaders. World Impact also partners with denominations, ministries, churches and schools to facilitate TUMI satellites to train their leaders. We are also developing satellite locations in prisons and jails through our partnership with Prison Fellowship. You can view the satellite locations and ministry partners on our TUMI Satellite Map.
Explore Our TUMI Resources
TUMI is wholly committed to retrieving the Great Tradition for the revitalization of the urban church to empower and impact urban neighborhoods for Christ. Check out the TUMI website to look further into partnerships and initiatives to see how we can partner together for the expansion of the Kingdom of God. Our partnerships and initiatives include:
Establishing TUMI Satellites—TUMI satellites are sister ministries, whether located in a church, Christian organization or mission, that meet our requirements to equip leaders for the urban church, especially among the poor, in order to advance the Kingdom of God in the city.
Capstone Curriculum—The Capstone Curriculum is a 16-module training program, taught at a seminary level, which we specifically designed to serve as the most essential knowledge and skill learning necessary for effective urban ministry and church leadership.
The SIAFU Network— SIAFU is a national association of chapters anchored in local urban churches and ministries designed to identify, equip and release spiritually qualified servant leaders to reach and transform the poorest unreached communities in urban America.
Let God Arise! Prayer Movement—We designed Let God Arise! Prayer Movement resources to help people pray specifically for the transformation of their city.
“World Impact and TUMI breathed new life into me when I surrendered to Jesus Christ while in prison. They provided vision, they provided hope, and they provided me with a unapologetic Perspective on the Gospel message which changed the entire trajectory of my life.”– Michael T. Vander Horst
“I first learned about Jesus when I was a little boy living in Chester, Pennsylvania. Everyone that grew up with me during those days knows that World Impact saved my life, keeping me out of trouble when all hell was breaking loose around me.”– Minister Duke Toler
“I have learned to trust in the Lord and that nothing is impossible with Him. God has heard my prayers. I have seen families being restored; people winning their life-long battles with alcoholism and drug abuse; teenagers learning that God is faithful. It is a blessing to serve with World Impact.”– Jessica Moore
“Through all the studying and teaching, God has used TUMI as medicine for my soul and spiritual growth.”– Zoila Sánchez
“For 10 years, I struggled greatly with my calling and ministry. I was on the verge of giving up and walking away from the ministry when I heard about World Impact. It brings tears to my eyes every time I think about what World Impact means to my community and me. I am forever grateful and overwhelmed with joy and hope.”– Rev. Desmond Wedderburn
“World Impact understands urban ministry in a way very few others do. Their intentional focus on indigenous leaders is an amazing asset, and I am honored to be in partnership with this ministry.”– Chris Brooks