The Urban Ministry Institute

The Lord is using these times for His glory and our good!
  • Please pray for Rick Horne as he is recovering from foot surgery and has several more weeks of very limited mobility because of it. While mobility is limited, in God’s providence, as Rick says, “the rest of [his] faculties seem to be in tact (though [his] wife might take issue with that)!” This ‘down-time’ has given Rick a wonderful window of opportunity to focus on TUMI’s counseling course work. So as CCEF has provided him with Dr. Ed Welch’s Helping course, Rick is working to distill this graduate level teaching, along with Paul Tripp’s book, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, into TUMI’s third undergrad courseHelping Change Happen, for their urban church leaders. Lord willing, this will complete their introductory certificate set of courses for church and ministry leaders. Please pray for Rick’s stamina, judgment, clarity in writing, and healing mercies, as he gives focused attention to study and writing.


  • All of the TUMI courses throughout the winter quarter will continue in virtual mode. Their students tend to be among the higher-risk populations in this country and abroad. They currently have two on-line courses this quarter and three schedule for the winter quarter that begins in January.


  • Earl Wright, the TUMI-Chester Executive Director, is undergoing surgery soon as well. Please pray for his recovery time, too. Earl’s goal is to make on-going connections with pastors of local churches in the Chester, PA area. Covid-19 makes this a challenge. Pray for wisdom and creativity for our staff to be able to make contacts with church leaders during this time. Most are bi-vocational and Covid-19 puts additional strain on the task to contact them.


  • If the travel restrictions and health situations allow, Rick is scheduled to teach two of TUMI’s counseling courses to pastors and ministry leaders in Ethiopia in February and in Liberia in April.

As you pray for Rick and TUMI’s other leaders, please keep their 2 Timothy 2:2 vision in mind –

“…what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
Thank you for praying!

Updated 10/14/20

As the national training arm for 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. TUMI focuses their investment on those called to evangelize, disciple, plant, and pastor churches in unreached urban neighborhoods. Their single passion and desire is to identify, empower, and release laborers who can both display and declare God’s kingdom reign among their neighbors, where they live.