First Semester: Fall 2019

First Semester: Fall 2019

All IHOPU Online students take the same first-semester courses, called the Foundational Curriculum, which contain core teachings that are necessary for sustaining a life of prayer with a vibrant spirit, as we prepare for the return of the Lord. These courses last for one month. There is also a practicum for the entire semester, enabling students to put into practice some of the spiritual disciplines that they are learning about (prayer, fasting, etc). Additionally, students participate in eight hours of corporate prayer each week (at their local church, house of prayer, etc.). Our goal is to engage the mind with biblical understanding that will produce transformation in the heart.

Currently, we only offer courses for the first year, but we hope to offer a second-year program in the near future.

The Foundational Curriculum is centered around these three convictions:

  1. 1. God is raising up a generation of end-time messengers like John the Baptist to prepare the way for His Son’s return by boldly proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom to all nations.
  2. 2. God’s strategy to prepare the Church involves corporate prayer and fasting for the release of the Holy Spirit’s power. (Joel 2:12–15)
  3. 3. A life of radical obedience to God can best be sustained through intimacy with Jesus in a community of like-minded believers.

Interactive course design

Our unique, interactive course design features a highly relational and personal learning experience. Each course instructor joins students online in a virtual classroom with two-way video interaction, allowing students from around the world to interact live with both the instructor and each other.


Flexible schedule

Courses consist of live interaction as well as high-quality, on-demand videos, notes, and reading assignments throughout the week. The technology we use for this course gives you the flexibility to access your course materials at the time and place that work best for your on-the-go lifestyle.


Strong student community

Students are able to interact directly with one another through online classrooms, virtual small group assignments, and by taking time to pray for each other as we form a strong spiritual community together.


Registration is now open for the first semester which runs for 16 weeks during the Fall (August 19–December 13)

Individuals who wish to participate in these online courses as audit students may do so by registering below or on the course page. Audit students have access to all course materials, but do not complete the assignments and do not receive credit.

Students seeking credit get started by filling out the online application. Our IHOPU Online administrative team reviews the application then schedules a brief phone/Skype interview. Upon acceptance, students are then enrolled in courses and asked to make their payment before starting classes.

Tuition Cost

$450 per course (x 5 courses = $2,250)
$125 technology fee
$2,375 total per semester

Payment is due in full before starting each class. There are two payment options:

Pay the total semester
cost up front ($2,375)
Pay per course ($1,025 for the first class, the practicum, and the technology fee are due up front to get started, then $450 before starting each subsequent course).

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About the Courses

Course 1

Foundations: Intimacy with Jesus

Dr. Charles Metteer

‘Intimacy’ is a widely used term in the body of Christ, but one that is all too often artificially understood and experienced. What is it really to be intimate with Jesus Christ? Are there different ways to be intimate with Him? Do the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Scripture reading, worship, and meditation automatically catapult us into the very presence of our risen Savior? Is it possible to be biblically correct in our understanding of Christ’s relational intentions toward us but remain spiritually deficient in attaining them? Perhaps there is a great divide between our relational potential with our Maker and our practical, everyday experience of Him. If so, is there a means whereby we move toward this elusive divine/human intimacy? Hopefully, this course will offer biblical and theological insights plus spiritual challenges to help us along the way. A two-sided course approach will best facilitate this through the encouragement to enter into greater intimacy with Jesus in the course readings and the challenge to walk the difficult roads leading there in the lectures and discussions. Emphasis will also be given to how a strong foundation of prayer best assures a sustained, long-term connectedness with Jesus.

August 19–September 13

Course 2

Foundations: Growing in Prayer

Matt Candler and Dana Candler

More than an event, meeting, or discipline, prayer is the joyful center of devotion to Christ, the fuel of missions, and the means to receiving the Holy Spirit, grace, and power. Yet many believers are discouraged in prayer and aren’t sure what to do about it. They feel stuck in impersonal, inconsistent, and joyless prayer, disconnected from life and God’s story. In this course we will discover and practically establish the path for an enjoyable life of prayer grounded in the Word and satisfied in Christ.

September 16–October 11

Course 3

Foundations: Jesus’ Glorious Return

Dale Anderson

We are living in an hour of history in which great darkness is filling the nations. The daily news reports of wars, famines, and great suffering. In light of this, many are asking: Who can solve these problems? Does God really exist? If so, does He even care about the darkness and injustice? In this course, we will look at the reality of the present darkness in the earth and lay a foundation for understanding God’s plan to end all injustice. This course will give students an overview of God’s desire to restore all things and establish His kingdom on the earth in fullness. We will study the final execution of His end-time plan and the praying Church’s crucial role in partnering with God.

October 14–November 8

Course 4

Foundations: The Forerunner Ministry

Jakob Pilz

Just as God used John the Baptist as a forerunner to prepare the way for Jesus’ first coming, so the Lord is raising up forerunners who will boldly and fearlessly proclaim His return. The term “forerunner” can be used to refer to spiritual leaders who prepare God’s people for the transitions in His emphasis and activity. It is their job to understand when a new season is breaking in upon the earth—like the sons of Issachar in the days of King David, who knew the signs of the times and how to give leadership to Israel in an hour of crisis. In this course, we will take an in-depth look at the following topics: the nature and unique dynamics of a transitional generation, the nature and purpose of the forerunner ministry, biblical models of the forerunner ministry, and the lifestyle of the forerunner.

November 11–December 13

Course 5

Prayer and Ministry Practicum 1

Benjamin Robinson

The Prayer and Ministry Practicum emphasizes the “heart” and “hands” aspects of ministry training through intentional community, participation in corporate prayer, and practical ministry to encourage spiritual growth, experiential learning, and the practical assimilation of the other courses into the daily life of the student. Students participate in six hours of prayer per week and meet with their practicum coordinator and ministry team for one hour each week.

August 19–December 13

Course Features

Engaging Homework

Hour+ Live Videos

Group Discussions

Instructor Interaction

Designed for online viewing

Reading Assignments

Instructional Videos

IHOPU Transferability

About the Instructors

Dr. Charles Metteer


  • Special Assistant to the President, IHOPU

Dr. Charles Metteer (BS, University of Redlands; MDiv, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) taught at Fuller Theological Seminary, Vineyard Leadership Institute, and Harvest International School, before joining the International House of Prayer University team. His research and teaching specialty is in desert spirituality and practical theology. He also pastored in the Calvary Chapel and Vineyard movements for over fifteen years. His burden is to train students in spiritual formation from an end-time ministry perspective. Charles and his wife, Karen, moved to Kansas City in 2010 from California.

Matt Candler


    Matt Candler lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife, Dana, and their four children. He and Dana serve on the leadership team and are the directors of internships at the International House of Prayer of Kansas City. Matthew is an instructor at the International House of Prayer University, a full-time Bible school, where he teaches on a variety of subjects, including the life of David and the Psalms.

    Dana Candler


    • Speaker and Author

    Dana Candler lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, Matt, and their four children. She and Matt serve on the leadership team of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City. Dana is also an instructor at International House of Prayer University, a full-time Bible school. She is the author of Deep unto Deep: The Journey of the Immesurable Love of Christ, Entirety: Love Gives All, and Mourning for the Bridegroom.

    Dale Anderson


      Dale has been a teacher for over thirty years, serving as a public school teacher (BEd, University of Calgary) and a Bible teacher. He was a missionary in Gliwice, Poland, from 1992 to 1999, where he taught English and established a church focused on prayer and intimacy with Jesus. Dale is the author of Mercy Wins: Learning Mercy in a Merciless Age, and has a passion to see the global Church established in night-and-day prayer with fasting. Dale and his wife, Cheryl, have two children, Jordan (married to Victoria), and Bethany.

      Jakob Pilz


      Jakob Pilz graduated from International House of Prayer University in 2012 and currently serves as an evening section leader in the Global Prayer Room. He was raised in Austria and has always had a heart to see revival in the nations. Jakob and his wife, Georgina, are full-time intercessory missionaries at the International House of Prayer. Jakob’s desire is to see the spread of 24/7 prayer, with worship and stadiums being filled with the glory of God. His passion is to see Jesus lifted high in every sphere of society and to see  every believer empowered to live wholeheartedly for the Lord.

      Benjamin Robinson


      • IHOPU Faculty, FSM Ministry Coach

      Benjamin Robinson, a diplomate of the International House of Prayer University in Christian Ministry, was raised on the mission field and caught a vision for the global prayer movement in 2009, when God gave him a passion to raise up praying leaders who fuel the praying church in the nations of the earth. He currently serves on the leadership team of the Forerunner School of Ministry and helps develop, coach, and equip young leaders in the school. Benjamin is married to Hannah and has a daughter, Eva, and a son on the way.