Set Apart to Carry a Message

History is not primarily a record of darkness but of God’s invading presence. As John the Baptist was set apart in a unique hour of history to prepare the way of the Lord, the Holy Spirit is setting apart young men and women in our generation to be burning and shining lamps. Are you longing to be captivated by His beauty, to cultivate a burning heart, and to declare His Word with power? Find your place in the story.

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Forerunner messengers can be accountants, lawyers, missionaries, pastors, and beyond. Our training is built to help you thrive under pressure in any context. Shine for the gospel and display the beauty and worth of Jesus at the end of the age.

Biblical Studies

We prepare students to provide the body of Christ with one of our greatest needs in this hour: clarity, authority, and perspective from the scriptures.

Marked With Intimacy

An expression of theological training that prioritizes intimacy with God and growing in prayer.

Opportunities to Lead

The best way to learn is to do. We desire to thrust the willing into real leadership with real consequences that accelerate learning.

Coaching & Mentorship

We do more than lecture; we jump in with students to help them along the way. We’ve been where you want to go, and we’ll help you get there.

Friends to Run With

No one can get through times of trouble alone. Join a community of young men and women who, like you, want to burn for Jesus with others and outshine the darkness.

Pursuing a Forerunner Spirit

We are a Forerunner school. We want to lay hold of a lifestyle of spiritual preparation for dynamic participation in God’s end-time plans and purposes.


24/7 prayer now has a 24/7 global classroom. 

For those who want to study from where they live, IHOPU now offers a Global Classroom Experience. Other online programs offer the ability to do classwork at any time, but we are doing something entirely new. No other school on Earth is connecting online students with each other for an Integrated Classroom experience.

We have Flipped the Classroom

Our instructors film lectures ahead of time, and students come together from all over the globe to join virtually, in real-time discussions from Kansas City. Utilizing Zoom Room technology, our classes are equipped to allow two-directional interactive discussion between the instructor and each online student at the same time.

We're Passionate About Our Students

We value our students around the globe being connected with each other and what’s happening here in Kansas City. We make special accommodations for those who live in time zones that joining live is not possible because of their sleep schedule. We record all of our live discussions and make them available usually within 24 hours. The rest of our courses include accessing the teaching videos, reading assignments, online forum discussions, and other interactive assignments.

Training For Today

The need for trained singers, musicians, and messengers is greater than ever. In this coming year, don’t pause your life—accelerate it with IHOPU!

Course List

The Guide to Your IHOPU Experience

  • Excellencies of Christ
  • God’s Plan for Redemption
  • How to Study the Bible
  • Intro to Forerunner Theology
  • Growing in Prayer
  • Intro to Global Prayer Movement
  • Foundations of Grace
  • Song of Solomon
  • Intro to Prophetic Worship
  • Fundamentals of Worship Ministry
  • Founders Course
  • Prayer and Ministry Practicum

Program Details

Information to Get You Started

The school year is divided into two semesters (two quarters each).

  • Semester 1: August 16–December 17, 2021
  • Semester 2: January 17–May 20, 2022

The cost of learning is made affordable through special scholarships.

  • IHOPU tuition is regularly $6,000 USD.
  • Scholarship pricing for Korean language is reduced to $________.
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On May 7, 1999, the International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) was founded by Mike Bickle and twenty full-time “intercessory missionaries,” who cried out to God in prayer with worship for thirteen hours each day. Only two months earlier, the
Forerunner School of Prayer was started. It of course, became the International House of Prayer University. Learn more about IHOPU by visiting our English website at

The International House of Prayer is an evangelical missions organization that is committed to praying for the release of the fullness of God’s power and purpose, as we actively win the lost, heal the sick, feed the poor, make disciples, and impact every sphere of society. Our vision is to work in relationship with the wider Body of Christ to engage in the Great Commission, as we seek to walk out the two great commandments to love God and people.

The Lord has called us to be a community of believers committed to God, each other, and to establishing and maintaining a 24/7 house of prayer in Kansas City—a perpetual solemn assembly gathering corporately to fast and pray in the spirit of the tabernacle of
David. We are committed to prayer, fasting, the Great Commission, and to living as forerunners, spiritually preparing for the unique dynamics of the end times.  The work of our ministry includes equipping and sending out missionaries as dedicated intercessors and evangelists who work to see revival within the Church and a harvest among those searching for God. IHOPU is an outward expression of how seriously we take the mandate to train believers to love Jesus and others wholeheartedly, as together we go forth to preach the Word, heal the sick, serve the poor, plant houses of prayer, and proclaim the return of Jesus across the earth.

Frequently asked questions

  • Our online learning model allows you to study on your schedule, from where you live.


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