The International House of Prayer University’s mandate is to equip and send out believers who love Jesus and others wholeheartedly to preach the Word, heal the sick, serve the poor, plant churches and start houses of prayer, and proclaim the return of Jesus as King over the nations.
IHOPU functions in a context of 24/7 prayer with worship and a thriving missions base with over 1,000 staff members. We are establishing a spiritual family built on the centrality of Scripture, prayer, and worship in an environment where the Word of God is expressed through song, prayer, and ministry to one another.
Seven Distinctive Features of IHOPU
Encountering the Beauty of Jesus
Receiving the love of God and seeking to give the first commandment first place in our lives is foundational to enjoying intimacy with God and the formation of godly character.
24/7 Intercessory Worship
We are cultivating intimacy with God through adoring worship, and contending for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival in the Church, the salvation of the lost, and the release of God’s justice and purposes in society.
Centrality of the Word of God
The Scripture is the final authority for all practice and doctrine in the Church. Our desire is that all students receive a firm foundation in the Scriptures to equip them to live godly lives and do works of service. Our training upholds responsible scholarship, yet with an emphasis on practical application to ministry, personal holiness, and building the Church.
The Forerunner Ministry
We are committed to spiritually preparing ourselves and others for the unique dynamics of the generation in which the Lord returns.
A Family of Believers
We value building godly relationships and enjoying fellowship together as a spiritual family, as we work together with many other ministries in the Body of Christ. We want to equip students to value and function in the local church throughout their life.
Ministry in the Power of the Spirit
We believe that all of the gifts of the Spirit are necessary for the Church to fulfill its calling to win the lost and make disciples.
Evangelism and Missions
Effective ministry training empowers us to engage in the Great Commission, win the lost, and work for justice together with the Body of Christ.
A Spiritual Fellowship of Believers
The International House of Prayer Missions Base seeks to be a fellowship of believers who live out the two great commandments to love God and love one another (Mt. 22:37-39). IHOPU students are fully integrated into the community of the missions base to help them live out these commandments daily. Students run alongside full-time intercessory missionaries, learning in an atmosphere specially geared toward cultivating the lives of intercessory missionaries in training.
IHOPU is a full-time Bible school which exists to equip this generation in the knowledge of God and the power of the Spirit for the bold proclamation of the Lord Jesus and His return. Students embrace rigorous theological training and Sermon-on-the-Mount lifestyles in the context of a thriving missions base fueled by 24/7 prayer. As a result, theological education obtained in the classroom is connected to intimacy with Jesus and hands-on ministry and practical experience.
Prior to the return of Jesus, the earth will experience unprecedented worldwide revival and upheaval as God shakes everything that can be shaken (Heb. 12:26). The Word of God tells us that in that hour corporate prayer (Joel 2:12-16) and a radical commitment to pursue and proclaim the knowledge of God will be very important to the Lord’s purposes.
IHOPU’s mandate is to equip and send out missionaries as dedicated intercessors and evangelists who work to see revival within the Church and a harvest among those searching for God. We are consumed with the mandate to train believers to love Jesus and others wholeheartedly as they keep the prayer room fire burning, and as they go forth to preach the Word, heal the sick, serve the poor, plant houses of prayer, and proclaim the return of Jesus across the earth. The heart of IHOPU is to engage in 24/7 worship and prayer.
Practical Ministry and Outreach
Outreach and ministry are important values of IHOPU and the International House of Prayer. Jesus is the great evangelist. Ministry and evangelism are a natural outflow of spending long hours in prayer and communion with Jesus. Each semester, our faculty and students participate in a number of different outreaches and ministry trips. Large-scale, organized evangelistic events may include outreach at a local haunted house during Halloween and the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Weekly evangelism efforts include feeding the homeless, visiting the elderly and those in prison, evangelism teams, and planting prayer groups on college and high school campuses.