What does the tuition include? The cost of books and tuition is $550/month. The cost does not include the degree transfer fee for students desiring to obtain their bible degree from Covenant Theological Seminary. Single students desiring to live in GFM housing (which is highly recommended) pay $200/month for rent, utilities, internet. That makes $750/month or $3,750 for the entire program for a single going through the program with housing included. There is also a $200/person cleaning/maintenance/damage deposit which will be returned at the end of the semester if the student checks out of his/her apartment with no issues. All students are in charge of their own food, transportation, and personal expenses.
What is the housing situation? We have rented three bedroom apartments in a very multi-ethnic apartment complex full of Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and others, so it is definitely a mission field. You will be sharing the apartment with up to five other people, so it is normally two people per bedroom in the apartment depending on the semester. So, expect a community living situation which is great for spiritual growth and getting ready for the mission field where there is little privacy and personal space! The apartments for the singles come furnished very basically with beds, dressers, tables, and chairs.
What is the average age and class size? We have had students from 18-65 years old and normally have about 12-18 students each semester. There is usually a blend of singles, couples, and families. Students that are under 21 need to do a summer internship before joining our missionary training school.
Can couples and families come to the school? Absolutely! We have had many families come in the past to get trained for the mission field and normally have at least a few couples/families join us each semester. We ask couples and families to take care of all of their own housing and expenses during the program. Sometimes we can negotiate special deals for 1, 2, and 3 bedroom places if families will stay in the apartment complex where the singles live (highly recommended), so check with us and we can help you make local arrangements. We charge $600/month if one spouse goes through the program and $900/month total if both spouses attend. Students that want the Bible degree pay an additional transfer fee.
What do families do at the school? Often times, the head of the household is dedicated full-time to the missionary training school/ministry while the wife focuses on homeschooling the children and gets involved in as much ministry as possible (teaching English, kid’s ministry, reading books, auditing classes, etc.). Some families choose to put kids in the local public, charter, or private schools so that both spouses can attend the missionary training school. We highly recommend that wives come through the program as well, but we are flexible and try to be very sensitive to the balance between ministry and family. Some families have the husband go through one semester and then the wife the following semester.
Is it safe? We are ministering in an inner-city context and a very diverse neighborhood. None of our students or staff have had any acts of violence against them, but there are risks involved just as there are in any mission field. Our staff members live in these areas with small children, so we are comfortable with our surroundings but we do encourage people to minister in groups, not be out after dark, be aware of your surroundings, etc.
What should I do about insurance? Many younger students are still able to fall under their parents’ insurance since they are still considered full-time students. We highly recommend having at least a catastrophic policy in case of emergency. Ask us and we can recommend some service providers.
Can I work during the school? Between classes and practical hands-on experience, the school takes up about 45 hours per week which would leave very little time for other work. If you are looking for a way to work and get missionary training at the same time, check out our online missionary training school.
How do I pay for the school? We highly recommend that all of our students raise support by asking for contributions from friends, family, and churches even if you can pay for the program by yourself out-of-pocket. While this is a missionary training program, supporters can rest assured that you will be doing legitimate cross-cultural ministry among unreached people groups as you will be reaching out to Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists with the love of Christ. By raising support for the school, you will be one step closer to having your missionary support in place to head to the nations.
Do you have financial aid available? Unfortunately, we do not have any type of scholarships. Everyone in our organization raises their own support and we do not have extra finances available to offer any type of financial assistance.
Do you accept international students? We will take any student that can take care of all of their own expenses and get all of the necessary paperwork and visas to come to the United States for our programs. We cannot offer any assistance with immigration or embassy issues. We do have an online missionary training school for people from non-Western countries where they can get trained at a highly discounted price.
What do students do after they graduate? We highly recommend that people stay for a seven month missionary apprenticeship after MTS. Some people stay on staff with us and others go serve overseas. We have partnerships with several missions organization and can help with placement based on your passions, gifts, and calling. Others go back and serve in their local church, get more education, or work in the marketplace.
Are the Bible degrees accredited? Check with Covenant Theological Seminary concerning ministry and educational accreditation. All students should confirm with the institution where credits will be transferred to make sure that they are accepted. You can also check out our complete information page concerning the Bible degrees.
Can I come visit the school? We highly recommend that people come and check things out in person. This gives students a chance to meet our staff, see our ministry context, get some pictures so they can cast vision with people back home, etc. Just give us a heads up of when you would like to come and we’ll have a guest room ready for you. Weekdays work best so that you can sit in on a class and then hit the streets with some of our students and staff to get a taste of ministry.
Can people come and visit me during the school? Definitely! We would love for your friends and family to come down and sit in on class or visit the people that you are ministering to so that they can catch the vision as well. We usually have some guest rooms available.