The Compelling Story of Love

Step into the journey—become a digital storyteller. Encounter God’s light and love for yourself. Engage your friends and family as well as people you have never met with His story. Fascinate the nations as you display the power of His presence.

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Stories We Love

  • I got quality face time with teachers and mentors, walked away with strong bonds of friendship, and learned how to live in community, as well as receiving top-notch training for my career. If you’re looking to strengthen your relationship with God, this school will give you a rock-solid foundation.

    Kari Barrington

    Videographer

    Electronic Discovery Institute, Washington, DC

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Preparing Media Messengers

We combine media education with biblical study, worship and prayer, and practical discipleship in small group settings. Through this unique training model, students receive a solid biblical and storytelling foundation that equips them to use their skills to communicate the message of Jesus in a wide variety of settings.

Our two- and four-year Forerunner Media Institute (FMI) programs aim to foster creative and technically equipped messengers who are rooted in a deep understanding of Scripture, intimacy with Jesus, and the father heart of God, and who are provoked to challenge and influence culture through visual storytelling.

School Highlights

  • Experienced instructors who inspire and demystify all stages of the production process
  • Hands-on, collaborative learning environment with individual attention and mentoring throughout
  • Creation of a range of projects from concept to finished outcome
  • Opportunity for experience and growth in a live production setting
  • Yearly mission trip opportunities to further develop servant-hearted leadership and storytelling gifts

Course Highlights

  • Photography
  • Design
  • Scriptwriting
  • Producing, directing, and editing
  • Digital cinematography and lighting
  • Video distribution and social media

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Tuition & Financial Aid

What to Expect

Our media students take a number of Bible courses in a lecture format as well as practical, skill-based courses. The blend of these two generally bring tuition costs to about $4,000 per semester. All students may apply for scholarships and work studies.

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Student Schedule

A Day in the Life of Student

As an incoming FMI student, you will take classes in a foundational program of biblical study in addition to media-focused training. Throughout your time at the Forerunner Media Institute, you will be equipped to have a lifestyle of prayer, intimacy with God, and a love for His Word, while developing and honing your skills as a media messenger. Media students have classes 5 days a week, which along with other scheduled activities total around 30 hours per week.

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Access Options

Program Lengths

  • 7-month certificate
  • 2-year certificate
  • 4-year degree

Languages

English, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Russian

Access

  • Kansas City Campus
  • Online
  • Nightwatch
  • Educational Partnerships

Frequently asked questions

  • We are Preparing media messengers to capture God’s message and share His story!  The Forerunner Media Institute (FMI) aims to foster creative and technically equipped messengers who are rooted in a deep understanding of Scripture, intimacy with Jesus, and the father heart of God, and who are provoked to challenge and influence culture through visual storytelling.

  • We have a 2-year program and are developing a 4-year program.

  • Some of the content covered will be producing, directing, editing, digital cinematography, lighting, content distribution, and social media. FMI is a hands-on program, learning technical, creative, and organizational aspects of this craft. Students will be working on team projects as well as their own unique projects throughout their media education, and will receive hands-on mentoring in the process. The opportunity to participate in multiple missions trips is included in the program.

  • We encourage students to apply a month or more in advance in order for the school to have time to process applications.

  • Yes, students will need to facilitate homework assignments in both theology classes and FMI course work. Some students have used iPads because of financial challenges, and while they can make due with that, they are more limiting.

  • As with all IHOPU programs, housing, food, and other supplies are not included in tuition.

  • Upon acceptance into the program, students receive a link connecting them with other students for housing needs.

  • It makes getting to classes and Prayer Room easier for students if they have their own transportation, however this is not a requirement.

  • Ihopkc.org/fmi or email fmi@ihopu.org

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