Encounter God. Do His Works.
Change the World.

by being rooted and grounded in the Word of God.

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 stands in an environment of 24/7 prayer with worship and a thriving missions base. We are establishing a community built on the centrality of the Scripture, prayer, and worship in an environment where the Word of God is expressed through teaching, singing, praying, and ministry to one another.

What We're About

Passion for 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.

What Others Are Saying about Us

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
Worship Minister, Pinelake Church, Brandon Mississippi

“IHOPU prepared me by teaching me the value of having a regular prayer life; prayer and evangelism go hand in hand, because I can’t tell people about Someone I do not know. I recommend IHOPU because you are around people who are going after Jesus; when I hear the instructors, I think to myself, “I hope I know Jesus like that one day.” The most impacting thing for me at IHOPU was seeing God move in our midst in healing and the prophetic—in ways I had never seen before.”

David Ursin
Associate Crusade Director,
Christ for All Nations

The Great Commission needs to be fueled with fiery, continual prayer with fasting. Our greatest effectiveness in reaching millions of souls will be seen only as our work is bathed in prayer and fasting. Prayer ministries like Mike Bickle’s in Kansas City are important for the completion of the Great Harvest.

Bill Bright,
Campus Crusade for Christ

God has allowed YWAM to enjoy the benefits of the prayers of the International House of Prayer. We have seen more accomplished for the kingdom of God than we could ever have without their prayer backing. Thank you for your faithfulness.

Loren Cunningham,
Youth With A Mission

Which School is Right for You?

Forerunner School of Ministry

Bringing together theological training in the classroom, intimacy with Jesus, and ministry outreach

Forerunner Music Academy

Training singers and musicians in intercessory worship that reflects the worth of Christ and releases His power

Forerunner Media Institute

Preparing media messengers to capture the message and share His story

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Promo specifics

Throughout the month of April, any new applicant to International House of Prayer University for the fall semester will have the application fee waived ($50 savings) and be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship (two applicants will be selected). Everyone who enrolls will also receive a free IHOPU t-shirt during New Student Orientation.

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