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Serving USA began partnering with World Impact and Prison Fellowship to bring World Impact’s The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) into the California State prisons in 2013. TUMI is a 16-module curriculum that takes typically 3.5 years to complete and is taught at the seminary level in over 12 different accredited colleges. It is designed specifically to lay the knowledge and a character base to equip men and women for urban ministry and church leadership. TUMI prepares men and women for a life beyond bars and equips them to be culture changers within the prison itself.

4,508 inmates in 52 prisons, through 85 distinct TUMI programs, across 13 States have participated in TUMI.


“Prison Fellowship has proudly partnered with World Impact and Serving USA to offer TUMI in prisons across the country for the past decade, with great results. Program graduates are recognized as leaders in their facilities—with reports of them even getting transferred as missionaries to bring peace and a changed culture to other, more violent prisons. The biblical college-level classes not only teach foundational biblical truths, they also equip men and women to be community leaders inside and outside of prison.”

James Ackerman, CEO, Prison Fellowship

The Power of TUMI in Prisons

TUMI has proven success in changing prison culture for the better. TUMI equips and empowers men and women within facilities, bringing powerful tools to allow prisons to put differences aside and come together as a unit.

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The Power of TUMI in Prisoners

Not only does TUMI build comradery within a facility, it builds leaders providing men and women with education, tools for success and a solid foundation to make a difference in their lives and surrounding communities.


Through restoration in Christ, TUMI equips men and women for productive futures, reversing the cycle of crime and incarceration.

Photo Creds: Prison Fellowship

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