History: Hope School of Ministry

Our National Training Center

Since 1995, The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) has served as a training and research center for World Impact nationally as well as for the Wichita regional area. From our earliest programming, we have trained Christian leaders to be effective ministers of the Gospel by providing them inexpensive, excellent theological and ministry training geared to the specific needs of city dwellers.

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. We have designed training resources locally, and then made them available to our satellite partners across the country and the world for use in their sites. Affordable and biblical in content, our courses and workshops have been facilitated by experienced faculty, most of whom have been ordained Christian academics with many years in pastoral care and urban ministry.

We are convinced that God has selected the poor to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom of God. We expect that many of the finest disciples and missionaries of our time will arise from the rank and file in the churches of the urban poor! The staff and faculty of the Institute are dedicated to do all we can to raise up qualified spiritual laborers for Christ and his kingdom among the poorest of the poor in America’s inner cities. All of our programming, teaching and sponsorships are to this end.

World Impact's Response to the Challenge: The Urban Ministry Institute

World Impact has been sharing the gospel in the inner-cities of America since 1971. As a Christian missions organization, World Impact evangelizes and disciples the unreached urban poor, helping them form dynamic congregations which minister Christ's love in the city.

The Urban Ministry Institute is an important part of the way in which leaders from these and other churches can receive quality biblical training and be equipped for the task of ministry. The Urban Ministry Institute is led by experienced faculty who combine many years of missionary field experience with formal theological credentialing.

Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis (B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Wheaton Graduate School; Ph.D., The University of Iowa School of Religion) is the Director of The Urban Ministry Institute.

Rev. Don Allsman (B.S., California State University, Fresno; M.B.A., Wichita State University) is the Satellite Director of The Urban Ministry Institute.

In the summer of 1995 Don Davis and his family moved from University of Iowa along with Rev. Terry Cornett (B.A., Univ. of Texas; M.A. Wheaton College; M.A. Asuza Pacific Univ.) and his family from Los Angeles to Wichita, Kansas to launch The Urban Ministry Institute. We officially opened for classes in the spring 1996, and since that first semester have held classes, colloquiums, training events, and conferences for laypersons and pastors who minister in the city. Our mission is to equip leadership for the urban church, especially among the poor, to advance the Kingdom of God in the city. We provide biblical and theological training that is both inexpensive and accessible to Christian leaders among the underprivileged in the city.

Our sincere conviction is that God has selected the poor to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom of God. We believe without equivocation that some of the finest disciples and missionaries of our time will arise from the rank and file in the churches of the urban poor. We have dedicated ourselves, here at the Institute, to do everything we can to raise up qualified spiritual laborers for Christ and his Kingdom among the poorest of the poor in America's inner-cities. All of our programming, teaching and sponsorships are to this end.

The Challenge of the City Church: Training Godly Servant Leaders

Reaching the cities of the world is among the greatest missionary challenges facing the Church today. Cities are growing rapidly, becoming more diverse, more divided, and increasingly unreached by the Gospel.

  • The number of city dwellers has grown rapidly, from 13% of all people in 1900 to 50% of all people today.
  • Ethnics in America communicate in 157 distinct languages. Numbering over 60 million; (25% of the population), they are increasingly drawn to the city.
  • Of the more than 60 million people who live in America's inner cities, 16 million are in poverty and over 90% are unchurched.

Traditional theological education is often inaccessible to emerging urban Christian leaders because it is:

  • Too Expensive
  • Unavailable to leaders who have not completed high-school or college
  • Irrelevant to the cultural experience of many inner-city churches

With the ever expanding numbers of the urban poor in the world today, missiologists agree that we are on the brink of one of the greatest mission fields in the history of human civilization. Yet, our traditional Christian leadership education historically has become some of the the most cumbersome, costly, and culturally foreign structures, and are simply not designed to equip large numbers of urban workers for the cities of the world.

Student Community

The Urban Ministry Institute from a burden to train leaders of churches being planted by urban missionaries and pastors. Whether you serve in a brand new or a well-established urban congregation, our ministry training assumes that you have a passion to see the church of Jesus Christ grow in the city. Our equipping programs at the Institute (at our local Hope School of Ministry and at our satellites across the country) emphasize evangelism, discipleship, and reproduction. We believe that every believer, and every congregation is called to bear fruit. The one who hears the word and understands it will assuredly produce a crop, yielding hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown (Matthew 13:23).

Through our approved TUMI satellites, students around the country and world may access our training in their own context, without having to relocate from home and ministry. We give priority to those already doing the work of the ministry, and whose are investing in the planting and growth of new and growing congregations.

If you are looking for ways to become more effective in your current service to Christ, then we exist for you! Our requirements are that you:

  • are actively involved in your church, and able to secure your pastor's recommendation.
  • are a functioning disciple of Christ in good standing in your fellowship, with a desire to reproduce his life in others.
  • are engaged in a form of Christian service that will allow you to apply your learning directly to life.

Our Distinctives for Christian Leadership Training

Our distinctives of The Urban Ministry Institute for Christian leadership training are numerous:

  • Evangelical in heart and doctrine
  • Affirmation of historic orthodoxy and creedal theology (i.e., Nicene Creed)
  • Focused on the needs and concerns of urban life and church
  • Sensitive to culture
  • Affordable for all
  • Practical for application in student life and ministry