Forerunner School of Ministry

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Forerunner School of Ministry (FSM) at IHOPU is a full-time Bible school; it exists to equip this generation in the Word and the power of the Spirit for the bold proclamation of the Lord Jesus and His kingdom. Our students embrace in-depth biblical training in the context of a thriving missions base fueled by 24/7 prayer with worship. As a result, theological education obtained in the classroom is connected to intimacy with Jesus and practical service and outreach, including works of justice and acts of compassion.

Our goal is to equip believers to win the lost, heal the sick, plant churches and houses of prayer, and seek to impact all areas of society.

The times are urgent, our need is great. We believe it is time to bring theological education together with corporate prayer, fasting, worship, healing, and prophecy. In the context of 24/7 worship-based prayer, our vision is to train leaders, singers, musicians, intercessors, church planters, teachers, and those called to the workplace.

FSM’s curriculum combines biblical study, intercession, and worship with practical discipleship through an effective small group structure. Our certificates and diplomas prepare students for ministry in all areas of the Church.

Training Highlights

Robust instruction in the Scripture
Ministry training in the power of the Spirit
Spiritual growth and freedom
Leadership development
Community of friends who love Jesus
Forerunner messengers with biblical clarity about the end times

“Because study at Forerunner School of Ministry is centered around prayer, my pursuit of sound theological doctrine and my life of prayer have been beautifully joined in my heart. Instead of graduating with only concepts and rhetoric, I gained vibrant friendship with Jesus, grounded in the truth of the Word. This is the greatest gift that any institution could have given me.”

—Davy Flowers
FSM alumna from Jackson, MS

Programs of Study

Forerunner Program

Freshmen & Sophomores

This two-year program is designed to help students cultivate a lifestyle of prayer, develop a greater love for God and insight into His Word, and pursue fullness of God’s destiny in their lives.

Our training provides students with the biblical doctrine, values, and hands-on experience to equip them to love Jesus and others with all their strength, that they might do His works in the power of the Spirit with signs and wonders.

We value training forerunner messengers who declare the gospel of the kingdom, including what the Scriptures say about the unique dynamics that will occur in the generation of the Lord’s return, such as an unprecedented outpouring of the Spirit, resulting in a great harvest of souls and a victorious Church, who will confront and overcome the escalating darkness in the nations.

In the context of small-group interaction, students have the opportunity to experience spiritual growth in character and personal development. Deep friendships impacting life and ministry are forged in this community setting, where students benefit from the insight and experience of leaders and classmates.

Students are taught, equipped, and mentored in healing, prophecy, and deliverance. Through ministry experience, intercession, and theological training, students are trained to effectively serve God’s kingdom purposes.

Christian Ministry Program

Juniors & Seniors

Students engage in four areas of practical leadership development.

Preaching and Teaching
Training equips communicators to preach and teach the Word with clarity, humility, and authority. Students learn to engage the Scriptures with rigor and precision and to deliver the Word in a way that builds the Church and serves the purposes of God in this hour of history.

Local Church Leadership
Training prepares students with the necessary skills to serve and pioneer praying churches in every tribe, tongue, and nation. Students receive training in leadership dynamics, teaching and preaching, and cross-cultural missions.

Works of Justice
Training presents a Christ-centered message of justice to students, preparing them to engage in intercession-based works of justice on behalf of the needy and oppressed. Students study the transformation of society through evangelism, discipleship, and the prayer movement.

Youth and Children’s Leadership
Training equips students to help youth and children encounter the Lord, enjoy prayer, and experience the power of the Holy Spirit. Students learn how to communicate and build effectively to engage and equip the next generation.

NightWatch Program

The Forerunner School of Ministry–NightWatch (FSM–NW) is an accelerated version of the Forerunner School of Ministry, which combines biblical curriculum with practical ministry training. Students become immersed in the community of the NightWatch as they serve in the Global Prayer Room in the nights. Our desire is to equip students with practical tools to be effective ministers of the gospel in addition to shaping vision for 24/7 prayer in the night.

The first year of FSM–NW provides students with the tools they need to actively engage in a culture of prayer and the Great Commission. Our desire is to cultivate enjoyable prayer, confidence in ministry, and a love for the Word in our students.

In the second year, we focus on training leaders who can thrive under pressure and respond to the unique dynamics of the hour in which we live. We desire to train praying leaders who can build a culture of prayer and actively make disciples.

The lifestyle change required to serve on the NightWatch has created a uniquely dedicated community of intercessors who tarry in the night. We invite our students to be a part of this community and spend a year or two giving their nights to the Lord.

FSM–NW students have the option to complete their two-year certificate from IHOPU in the first year or to go on for their four-year diploma in the second year. The first year encompasses the second semester of freshman year and all of sophomore year at IHOPU. The second year encompasses all of the junior and senior year of IHOPU. In addition to the accelerated format, FSM–NW students will receive discounted tuition each year.

Prior to beginning FSM–NW year one, students must complete a six-month internship or the first semester of IHOPU. To begin with the second year, students must have completed the freshmen and sophomore year of IHOPU. The first and second years each run from January to December. 

Classes run on a three-week modular system throughout the year allowing students to be primarily focused on one subject at a time with a break following each module. Several additional classes will be integrated as weekly or near-daily classes throughout the year.

Training highlights of FSM-NW:

  • Complete IHOPU in two years
  • Immersion in the NightWatch community
  • Practical ministry training
  • Emphasis on the Word and prayer
  • Sustain 24/7 prayer culture
  • Reduced tuition