TUMI Harvesters Update

tumi world oval smallOur mission is to empower urban leaders and partner with local churches to reach their cities with the Gospel, with the goal of seeing a healthy church in every community of poverty. For the first time in our history we have an actual strategic plan, a clear document that communicates how our strategic intent aligns with our plans, strategies, staff, operations, and funding.  Of course, World Impact has always had tons of strategic insights and deep experience into what it means to serve Christ in the city. We all know that we share a unique understanding of the role of culture in mission, a rich biblical comprehension of the meaning of the poor, and that we own a nuanced, broad experience of urban culture and life.  We have an unapologetic commitment to biblical mission. 

We have had brilliant moments of insight and our history shows an evolving shared wisdom.  We discovered the power of discipleship in the 70s, unpacked our commitment to social justice in the 80s, and discovered the centrality of the church in the 90s.  Through 2000 we have affirmed our belief in empowering indigenous leaders and the local church.  We continue to discuss too, the importance of movements and church planting networks, but never before have we made  our explicit commitment to big ideas to a strategic plan that leads to the specific strategies that align, connect, and integrate all the dimensions of our work into a single, coherent, and effective enterprise for Christ. This Strategic Plan does that.

MISSION: World Impact empowers urban leaders* and partners with local churches to reach their cities with the Gospel

BHAG (Big Holy Audacious Goal): A healthy church in every community of poverty

3HAG (3-year Highly Achievable Goal): Identify and empower 100 partners to empower 100,000 workers* in communities of poverty

*An empowered leader is a Godly follower of Christ who: 1) Shares the Gospel, 2) Disciples growing Christians and 3) Affirms their calling

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This year, TUMI is celebrating our 25th year in equipping urban leaders (workers) for the harvest which started with a dream to train scores of godly spirit-filled workers from and for the inner city, and to do that cheaper and faster than anyone. And now we see the amazing thing that God has done--hundreds of satellites in 19 countries, dozens of prisons, 1500 graduates, and 203 church plant teams chartered,  to take an acorn of a dream and turn it into mighty oak of impact for Christ. We are partnering with denominations and movements to help them discover their strategic advantage for Kingdom advantage. We have only just begun, to God be the glory!

An empowered urban worker will be trained in one of the following: 

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Fight the Good Fight: Playing Your Part in God's Unfolding Drama 
This practical, helpful resource is especially designed to help new and growing Christians become effective disciples/warriors of Christ, and is built entirely on the Story of God as told in the Scriptures. Following the thematic outline of Ephesians, this lesson guide helps believers understand what the Bible says about the key dimensions of our participation in God’s grand Story in nine integrated lessons. This resource serves as our official precursor to TUMI’s Capstone Curriculum seminary training, providing a solid introduction to the Bible’s major themes as well as the foundational principles of Christian discipleship.

Our goal is to use this single-volume follow-up curriculum for pastors to disciple 100,000 new believers over the next 3 years.


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The 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. This project involves the translation of 16 modules totaling more than 10,000 pages of text, 64 hours of video and up to 41 required textbooks. Each module has a mentor's Guide, a Student Workbook and a teaching DVD covering that module's content.

Our goal is to use this 16-module resource to equip pastors and leaders over the next 3 years, trusting God to raise up 10,000 spiritual laborers deployed to help reach the unreached in their locales.



3. Church Planting (Evangel)
4. Trauma Healing
5. Prison Ministry
6. Retreat Themes (Retreat Attenders)
7. Urban Church Associations