Security and Support

Support

Every IHOPU student is assigned to a friendship group led by a friendship group leader who is available to provide support and guidance. Read more »

The International House of Prayer offers lay counseling, as well as focused ministry in the areas of marriage and family and restoration and recovery through the programs offered by our Pastoral Support (formerly Foundations) department. They serve those who deal with pain in their lives, who have been touched by trauma, or who struggle with addictive behaviors; they offer many tools for pursuing freedom from addictions and life-altering behaviors including programs, classes, and twelve-step groups. Also provided by Pastoral Support are several classes for married or engaged couples, and a group to support the growth of your relationship with your children. Read more »

IHOPU is able to recommend a professional counselor for those seeking additional support and counsel. Kathryn Holsen (MA, PLPC) is a professionally trained counselor who also has a background in inner healing and deliverance. You may email her at kathryn@newleafcounselingcenter.com.

See other recommended counselors and counseling services »

Security

If your safety or the safety of someone else is in jeopardy, do not wait to contact your friendship group leader. Call Security immediately. If you are already aware that the police or fire department, or emergency medical technicians will need to be involved, call 911 first.

Security: (816) 285-9430

Security routinely patrols all buildings belonging to the International House of Prayer, including IHOPU.

Do not hesitate to call if you are uncomfortable about any situation you are in.

Policy concerning Sexual Harassment

IHOPU is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which faculty, staff, and students can study and work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation, including sexual harassment. Every member of the community should be aware that the school is strongly opposed to sexual harassment and that such behavior is prohibited both by school policy and by federal and state laws. This policy against sexual harassment applies to all members of the IHOPU community, including faculty, staff, and students. It also extends to the school’s agents, as well as to vendors, independent contractors, and others doing business with the school.

Please see the Student Concerns page for ways to recognize sexual harassment and address your concern »

Security Guidelines

Don’ts

  • Don’t offer rides to strangers; this may result in a bad situation.
  • Don’t accept rides from strangers, especially at night.
  • Don’t walk home alone; walk with friends or in a group.
  • Don’t give money to strangers who ask you for it. Giving money can make you both a target and an enabler.
  • Don’t minister to people you don’t know by yourself.
  • Don’t park in sections of parking lots that are far away or dark.
  • Don’t approach any vehicles that park far away or in the dark. People often park in dark areas to sell drugs or for other dangerous reasons. Call Security if you see anything that concerns you.
  • Don’t consider resistance against a purse/wallet threat, unless there is intent to harm, not just steal. Your laptop, iPod, iPad, wallet, purse, etc., is not worth endangering the safety or even the life of a human being, whether that’s you, someone else, or even your attacker. Better to toss your belongings away from you to give yourself time to run in the other direction. If someone does attack you with intent to harm and you need to fight back, do so without hesitation or remorse. If you need to strike, strike hard and without pity so that you will have enough time to run away.

Dos

  • Do lock your vehicle doors at all times when you are inside.
  • Do ask someone to walk you to your vehicle if you do not feel safe.
  • Do call 911 if you think the police or fire department, or emergency medical technicians need to get involved. Then call Security as soon as possible afterward.
  • Do call Security if you see or are aware of something that is worrying or of concern. We can help prevent incidents only if we are informed of what is happening. If you see something, tell someone who can help.
  • Do consider buying an electronic security whistle. They cost about $15 at Home Depot on Bannister Road. Loud noise draws attention to you and unnerves those who could be intending harm. If you are ever in a situation where you need to make a loud noise, you may find yourself too frightened to be able to shout. Situations like this are what these devices are for.
  • Do shout “fire!” if you need to signal people for help. Studies have shown that shouting “fire!” even when there is no fire is more effective than shouting “help!” or ‘”rape!” Sad to say, most people walk the other way when they hear the latter because they are afraid for themselves.
  • Do remember that just because you met someone at the International House of Prayer does not make them a trustworthy person. IHOPKC or IHOPU student badges does not guarantee that someone is safe.
  • Do remember not to leave your valuables on seats in the prayer room, at Forerunner Christian Fellowship, or in plain view in your car. They may well be taken.
  • Do call Security if you have a dead car battery or you’ve locked your keys in your vehicle and are on IHOPKC property. (Security is not allowed to come to your house, to the movie theater, etc., to help you.)
  • Do exercise your common sense and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Most of the incidents that have happened at IHOPKC could have been avoided if the people involved had just thought a little about what was happening.

Self-defense tips

  • Carry something you can use as a striking tool: keys between your fingers, a rolled-up magazine, a purse, etc.,—something you can easily access.
  • If you are in a vehicle, you have great defense tools: drive and reverse.