How long does it take to graduate from the School of Ministry?

13 months. School begins each January, and students graduate the following year during the Winter Leadership Conference in February. The graduation date for the first class will be February 5, 2024.

Will I receive a degree when I graduate?

Yes. The NRP School of Ministry has exempt degree-granting status in the State of Indiana. We will award an Associate Degree of Christian Ministry to all students who complete the 13-month program in good standing. This includes passing grades in each course, attendance requirements met, and all financial obligations fulfilled.

Where will this degree be recognized?

Throughout the NRP network and in a ministerial setting. Some workplaces will also acknowledge the degree.

Is the NRP School of Ministry accredited?

We have chosen to not pursue accreditation, due to the number of required courses in a Gen Ed context that a student would need to graduate. We do not offer English, science, math, history, psychology, or a foreign language. We are focused on training and equipping students for full-time ministry.

What does a credit hour equal?

A credit hour is based on the time spent in online or in-person classes, a monthly ZOOM call, reading, completing homework assignments, and practical, serving assignments in the local church and on outreach.

How are the 60 credits in the School of Ministry awarded?

36 credits = Online classes and a Bible Survey course

  9 credits = 3 Live Teaching Weekends (January, July, January)

  2 credits = 2 Saturday, regional cohort meetings (April, October)

11 credits = Local church internship from February to December

 2 credits = A choice of local outreach or participation in a mission trip


What if I have to drop out midway through the year? Will I retain my credits?

Yes! Our Registrar will record your fully completed months of study (with all assignments submitted and tuition paid) and keep them as part of your transcript.

If I can’t attend this year, when will a new class start, and when can I apply?

New classes will start each January. Applications will begin September 1 of the previous year to the start of classes.


What is the schedule for the Live Teaching Weekends?

This can be found on the home page under ABOUT THE PROGRAM - Sample Schedule, or click here.

What if a student can’t attend one of the Live Teaching Weekends?

Because the dates are published well in advance, we require students to attend all of these three weekends. Emergency situations will be considered on an individual basis.

What is the student responsible for on these weekends?


Students coming from a distance should plan to arrive at their campus on the Thursday evening preceding weekend classes. Those living within close driving distance can arrive the Friday morning of classes.

If you must take a flight, plan to arrive early Thursday evening and fly out after 4:30pm on Sunday. The school office will help you coordinate your flights with others who are arriving. There will ONLY be a shuttle from Midway Airport (MDW) in Chicago and the Huntsville International Airport (HSV) in AL. Once you are accepted into the school, you will receive an information sheet on

your chosen means of transportation.


North Campus at Living Stones Church, Crown Point, IN

- A local hotel with negotiated rates

- A family from Living Stones Church

- If coming with a group, an Airbnb may be available to rent for the weekend.

South Campus at Liberty Church, Arab, AL

- Free lodging in men’s and women’s bunk bedrooms at the church

- A local hotel with negotiated rates


A continental breakfast will be served each morning of class; lunch and dinner will be provided from Friday noon through Sunday lunch.


What is an academic “cohort”?

A “cohort” can have several meanings, but as an education reference, it is a group of students who work through a curriculum together to achieve the same academic degree. In the context of the School of Ministry, these groups will be set up regionally and led by a mentor who is a seasoned pastor in the NRP Network.

How often will the cohort meetings occur and when?

Students in their assigned cohorts will meet two times during the school year for in-person classes. These meetings will take place on Saturdays, the first weekend of April and last weekend of October.

Where will these take place?

At your assigned mentor’s local church or at your campus location

What is the schedule like for these meetings?

Classes will begin at 9:00am and end no later than 4:00pm. Lunch will be served. You will receive a more detailed schedule once accepted to the school.

Who will be teaching at the regional cohort meetings?

Your mentor or a guest faculty member


What does an “internship” consist of?

This will be decided on between you and your pastor, but at least 10 hours of serving in your local church monthly. You are likely already filling this requirement, but your hours and activities will be documented and turned into the school office.


Do I have to go on a mission trip to graduate from the school?

No, the trip is optional, but it will be a great opportunity to be mentored by men and women who have served as missionaries for years; get cross-cultural mission experience; teach in a ROAR school; and participate in outreach. The trip will be led by seasoned missionaries and hosted by Michelle Johns, Director of LOVE HONDURAS. The approximate cost of this trip will be $1,800, depending on the city of departure. A student's spouse or a child, age 14 and older, are invited to apply as space permits.

When can I apply to go on the trip?

Once you are accepted to the school, you will get a mission trip info form to complete.

Do I have to raise the money for the trip myself?

Yes, but we will give you fundraising suggestions.


What does tuition cost?

The cost of tuition is $4250 for the entire school year.

Is there financial aid available?

Yes! For the first 30 students accepted in both the North and South campuses, there will be a $1000 scholarship awarded toward the cost of the tuition, lowering it to $3250 for the school year.

Is there a deposit required to hold my place in class?

Yes. Upon acceptance, we will ask that you pay your final tuition payment of $250 (what would have been due in January 2024) as a deposit.

When will tuition be due?

Tuition will be due the first of each month of class, beginning January 2023 and ending December 2023.

How will payments be made?

Following admission, you can make one payment for the school in its entirety, or you can set up an online, monthly payment plan of $250/month for 12 months.

Are there any additional fees?

There is application fee of $25 and a graduation fee of $75.

How do I set up my tuition payments?

Once you are accepted in the school, you will be contacted concerning the next steps.


When is graduation?

Graduation will be Monday night, February 5, 2024, as part of the Winter Leadership Conference. The host church will be announced. Students will meet that morning for debriefing, lunch, and graduation practice in the early afternoon.

Should I plan to attend the NRP conference after graduation?

Yes, we hope you can! You will register for the event on the NRP website when information is available.

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