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Application Process

Please note that submission of this online application form is only one of several steps to apply for IHOPU. If you would like to download a printable application, please refer to; this page also contains full instructions on the application process. Admissions decisions will not be made until we receive every component of your application.

IHOPU Admissions is not responsible for initiating correspondence with the spouse or referee, or ensuring that the responsible party completes the consent or recommendation form.

Please have a digital photo ready to attach to your application. If you have a scan/picture of your High School diploma/transcript (or last school attended), please attach that at the appropriate place. 

Personal Testimony Instructions

Your personal testimony should be 400–500 words and include the following:

  1. A summary of your personal journey in Christ
  2. Any past or present life-controlling issues, whether mental, emotional, or relational
  3. Your goals for the future, including your life vision and ministry plans
  4. Expectations for your time at IHOPU and a summary of what you hope to learn at IHOPU
International Applicants

If you are an international applicant (any applicant who is not a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, a U.S. lawful permanent resident or DACA), please visit before submitting this form.


Please email or call (816) 763-0200 x.7150 if you have any questions during the application process.


Personal Information


Please select the legal status that applies to you. All non-citizen applicants should provide a copy of their DACA/Dream Act approval notice or their green card, in addition to an alien number if they have one.


The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students whose first language is not English. IHOPU applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 70 on the internet-based test, or 523 on the paper-based test. IHOPU's school code is 4247. Applicants without a TOEFL score will be considered for admission if they can provide proof of two years of full-time study in a program with instruction completely in English.

Family Information

If you have been divorced, or divorced and remarried (except in the case of widow or widower), we realize that these circumstances have a significant impact on your life. Therefore, we respectfully ask that you submit the following:

e.g. 5/14/1986

As part of the application process, your spouse will be asked to fill out a Spousal Consent form. Please enter their email address below, and instructions about how to fill out the Spousal Consent form will be sent to them. Please ensure that the email address you enter is their primary email account.

Education Background

Example: State University, Washington, D.C., 2007–2011, Bachelor of Arts in History


Example: Walmart, Bentonville, AR

Personal Faith

Personal Testimony

Your personal testimony should be 400–500 words and include the following:
  1. A summary of your personal journey in Christ
  2. Any past or present life-controlling issues, whether mental, emotional, or relational
  3. Your goals for the future, including your life vision and ministry plans
  4. Expectations for your time at IHOPU and a summary of what you hope to learn at IHOPU

Church Background

List church involvement, beginning with the most recent.

Example: First Methodist Church, Kansas City, MO, 2008-present

Example: First Methodist Church, Kansas City, MO, 2008-present

Personal Evaluation

Interest in IHOPU


Financial Information

Personal and Pastoral Recommendations

The Personal Recommendation is to be filled out by someone who is unrelated to you and has known you for at least two years. Please enter their name and email address and they will be sent an email with instructions on how to submit the Personal Recommendation.

The Pastoral Recommendation is to be filled out by someone who is unrelated to you and has known you for at least one year. Please enter their name and email address and they will be sent an email with instructions on how to submit the Pastoral Recommendation.

Health Information

Dating Policy for First Semester Students


During their first semester, students that are not in a dating relationship before enrolling at IHOPU are invited into a “time of consecration.” This time of consecration is where the students agree together as a class not to date or pursue anyone in a courtship for the entire first semester. This is to help create an atmosphere where students can spend their time focusing on the Lord through prayer and their studies without being distracted by the dynamics that relationships often bring. Students that are already in a relationship before enrolling are encouraged to pray together as a couple and ask the Lord what they can offer to the Lord in their relationship that would enable them to participate in the time of consecration with the rest of their class at some level. This will look differently for each couple. Students that are dating or engaged are encouraged to inform their friendship group leader about their relationship to ask them for prayer and accountability.

International House of Prayer Statement of Faith

The Word of God

We believe that only the sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired and, therefore, inerrant Word of God. The Bible is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live. (Mt. 5:18; Jn. 10:35; 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Pet. 1:20–21)


The Trinity 
We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. God is infinite in love, perfect in judgments, and unchanging in righteousness and mercy. We believe that God not only created the world, but also now upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists, and that He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus, to the glory of His name. (Ps. 104:1–35; 139:1–24; Mt. 10:29–31; 28:19; Acts 17:24–28; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:9–12; 4:4–6; Col. 1:16–17; Heb. 1:1–3; Rev. 1:4–6)

God the Father
We believe the heavenly Father is the source of all that exists, whether of matter or spirit. With the Son and the Holy Spirit, He made man, male and female, in His image. By intention He relates to people as Father, thereby forever declaring His goodwill toward them. In love He both seeks and receives penitent sinners. (Ps. 68:5; Isa. 64:8; Mt. 5:45; 7:11; Jn. 3:17; Rom. 8:15; 1 Pet. 1:17)

God the Son 
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God; that He is God incarnate, fully God and fully man; that He was eternally preexistent with the Father and the Holy Spirit; and that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His blood shed at the cross, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints forever. He will return to earth again to reign in righteousness. (Mt. 1:18–25; Jn. 1:1–18; Rom. 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:1–28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:10–14; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:6–11; Col. 1:15–23; Heb. 7:25; 9:13–15; 10:19; 1 Pet. 2:21–25; 1 Jn. 2:1–2)

God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom we are also sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service. Subsequent to conversion, the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the Church to fulfill its calling and mission. (Mt. 3:11; Jn. 1:12–13; 3:1–15; Acts 4:29–30; Rom. 8:9; 12:3–8; 1 Cor. 12:12–13; 2 Cor. 1:21–22; Gal. 3:1–5; Eph. 1:13–14; 5:18)

We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required or accepted for his salvation. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight, that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. (Jn. 1:12–13; 6:37–44; 10:25–30; Acts 16:30–31; Rom. 3:1–4:23; 8:1–17, 31–39; 10:8–10; Eph. 2:8–10; Phil. 2:12–13; Titus 3:3–7; 1 Jn. 1:7, 9)

We believe that Satan, originally a great and good angel, rebelled against God, taking a multitude of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter-kingdom of darkness, evil, and unrest on earth. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of Christ and will be cast forever into the lake of fire which has been prepared for him and his angels. (Isa. 14:10–17; Ezek. 28:11–19; Mt. 12:25–29; 25:41; Jn. 12:31; 16:11; Eph. 6:10–20; Col. 2:15; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; Rev. 12:7–9; 20:10)

We believe that humanity, male and female, was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin. As a consequence of disobedience, all persons are sinners by both nature and choice, and are, therefore, spiritually dead and justly condemned as children of wrath in the sight of God, wholly unable to save themselves. (Gen. 1:1–3:22; Ps. 51:5; Isa. 53:5; Rom. 3:9–18; 5:12–21; Eph. 2:1–3)

The Church
We believe that the Church is God’s primary instrument, through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. We believe that women, no less than men, are called and gifted to proclaim the gospel and do all the works of the kingdom. (Mt. 16:17–19; Acts 2:17–18, 42; Eph. 3:14–21; 4:11–16; 1 Tim. 2:11–15; Heb. 10:23–25; 1 Pet. 2:4–5, 9–10)

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the Church, to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation, but are channels of God’s sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus. (Mt. 26:26–29; 28:19; Rom. 6:3–11; 1 Cor. 11:23–34; 1 Pet. 3:21)

Missions and Service
We believe that God has called the Church to work together in unity and honor in preaching the gospel to all nations, in making disciples, and in remembering the poor and ministering to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. This ministry is an expression of the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ and is an essential part of the kingdom of God. (Isa. 58:6–12; 61:1; Mt. 5:1–7:28; 28:18–20; Lk. 4:18; 21:1–4; Gal. 2:10; 1 Tim. 6:8)

Last Things (Historic premillennialism with a victorious Church)
We believe in the literal second coming of Christ at the end of this age, when He will return to earth personally and visibly to reign over the nations in His millennial kingdom. We believe that the Church will go through the Great Tribulation with great power and victory and will only be raptured at the end of the Great Tribulation. No one can know with certainty the timing of the Lord’s return. We also believe in and are praying for a great end-time harvest of souls and the emergence of a victorious Church that will experience unprecedented unity, purity, and power in the Holy Spirit. (Ps. 2:7–9, 22:27–28; Mt. 24:36; Jn. 14:12; 17:20–26; Rom. 11:25–32; 1 Cor. 15:20–28, 50–58; Eph. 4:11–16; Phil. 3:20–21; 1 Thes. 4:13–5:11; 2 Thes. 1:3–12; Rev. 7:9–14)

Eternal Reward and Punishment

We believe that when Christians die, they pass immediately into the blessed presence of Christ, there to enjoy conscious fellowship with the Savior until the day of the resurrection and the glorious transformation of their bodies. The saved will receive eternal rewards and forever dwell in blissful fellowship with their great triune God. We also believe that when unbelievers die, they are consigned to hell, there to await the Day of Judgment when they shall be punished in the lake of fire with eternal, conscious, and tormented separation from the presence of God. (Dan. 12:2; Mt. 25:46; Lk. 16:19–31; Jn. 5:25–29; 1 Cor. 15:35–58; 2 Cor. 5:1–10; Phil. 1:19–26, 3:20–21; 2 Thes. 1:5–10; Rev. 20:11–15; 21:1–22:15)

IHOPU Community Standards

Men and women of God are suited for Christian service by moral character as well as by academic achievement and spiritual gifts. Among their qualifications should be compassion for individuals, sensitivity to the needs of their communities, a commitment to justice, a burden that the whole of God’s will be obeyed on earth, personal integrity, a desire for moral and spiritual growth, and mutual accountability. Faculty, staff, and students at IHOPU are expected to commit to these values.

Our community standards of conduct are guided by an understanding of Scripture and a commitment to its authority regarding all matters of Christian faith and practice. The school also desires to honor and respect the values of the churches that entrust their students to us for education and spiritual formation. Association with IHOPU, be it as faculty, staff, or student, includes a commitment from each individual to embrace our school’s values and standards of conduct.

Among these values and standards, we affirm the following policies:

  1. Academic Integrity
  2. Marriage and Divorce
  3. People and Property
  4. Sexual Standards
  5. Sexual Harassment
  6. Use of Substances
  7. Unlawful Discrimination

We encourage any member of the community who is struggling in these areas to seek support, advice, or personal ministry from their peers, friendship group leader, and our Pastoral Support team, as well as from those providing professional services.

We encourage our faculty and students to address in a spirit of love and humility any member of the community whom they see living in violation of these biblical standards of conduct. We therefore encourage individuals to follow Jesus' instructions in Matthew 18:15–18 and Paul's in Galatians 6:1-2.

If you would like help addressing these issues in your life or the life of someone else in the community, please refer to Student Concerns.

Academic Integrity

This IHOPU Academic Integrity policy has been established to clarify the expectations that help us function as a fellowship of believers, and to embody mutual trust in our pursuit of academic tasks. It is first rooted in the conviction that God, who is truth, calls us to truthfulness; and second, in the conviction that we are called to treat one another with integrity.

IHOPU seeks to promote spiritual, intellectual, and ministerial growth. We are committed to being beyond reproach in both our academic work and in our personal behavior, as a matter of the formation of Christian character. At a minimum this means that we as faculty and students alike commit to honesty in all aspects of our work.

To this end we set down the following commitments, procedures, and biblical standards, as essential but not exhaustive guidelines concerning integrity. These commitments underlie, but do not supersede, professional standards to which members of the community may also be subject.

Academic integrity requires that faculty will:

  • Use forms of assessment that are consistent with the stated goals of a course
  • Provide clear guidelines about acceptable collaboration; and in instances when collaboration is required, we will spell out how work is to be prepared for submission and on what basis grades will be assigned
  • Spell out course policies on the use of previous examinations for preparation for current examinations
  • Avoid plagiarism, and acknowledge our dependence on the ideas of others, including those of our students, in publications and, as appropriate, in lectures and materials distributed in class
  • Evaluate work on its academic merit, not on the basis of the student's agreement or disagreement with the teacher's point of view
  • Give students feedback on assignments and not assign grades without providing comments on papers and essay examinations
  • Return papers in a timely manner
  • Follow accepted standards in the construction and grading of examinations
  • Challenge academic dishonesty when it occurs
  • Seek to assure consistency in applying these standards by consulting with colleagues when dealing with questions and issues concerning academic integrity
  • Faithfully adhere to the academic policies of the institution, including abiding by criteria for granting incomplete and deadlines for accepting work

Our commitment to developing a culture of honesty requires that the whole IHOPU community will:

  • Not make written assignments available to students for copying
  • Not give unpermitted aid on take-home examinations
  • Not make unauthorized copies of examinations available to students
  • Report known violations of these standards of academic integrity to the faculty member of the course involved, director of the school, or the vice president of Training.

Academic integrity requires that students will:

    • Refrain from all plagiarism and cheating, and recognize that instances of either will be dealt with strictly
    • Face potential dismissal from IHOPU if there is evidence of a pattern of compromise and deceit
Marriage and Divorce

IHOPU affirms its commitments with respect to God’s will for the permanence of marriage, while acknowledging the tragic reality of divorce.

The biblical definition of marriage centers on the covenant made between one man and one woman. Guided by the love and grace of God, each spouse vows to love, honor, and cherish their marriage partner (Mk. 10:2–12). Christ is clear in recalling the creation story: “But from the beginning, God made them male and female. ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

IHOPU leaders seek to cultivate a community of men and women, single and married, who endeavor to reflect the healthy, generous, and enduring embodiments of God’s unselfish love. We therefore expect those who are experiencing a troubled marriage to share the relevant circumstances with their leaders and seek out resources and support in their effort to bring healing to their marriage.

We believe that God wills marriage to be permanent, and that He is deeply grieved when any marriage fails. Yet compassion leads us to discern that in our broken human condition divorce may sometimes be a regrettable last resort to end a cycle of pain and sin within an unwholesome marriage. IHOPU desires to be a redemptive community in which those who have experienced the pain of a failed marriage are fully embraced and renewed.

People and Property

IHOPU expects behavior that demonstrates the highest standard of respect for people and property. Scripture exhorts us to look out for the welfare of others, to be good protectors and stewards of the possessions God has given us, and to be honest and keep our word. The school is committed to fostering respectful interpersonal relationships regardless of gender, race, age, disability, or national origin.

Basic standards for respectful conduct at IHOPU are similar to those of other institutions of higher education. The following are examples of behaviors that are not acceptable. These examples are not intended to identify all unacceptable behaviors, but to indicate the types of behavior that are inconsistent with the expectations of our school. When willfully and repeatedly engaged in, they may be cause for disciplinary action. When appropriate, the following may be reported to civil authorities for legal or other action.

The school regards lying or misrepresentation concerning oneself or others in any aspect of school life as unacceptable.

Injurious or offensive action
Physical assault, infliction of psychological injury, and the spreading of harmful or malicious rumors are unacceptable. Prejudicial treatment based on gender, race, age, disability, or national origin is both offensive and injurious. Persistent profane or obscene language is unacceptable.

Actions by individuals or groups that substantially interfere with the rights of others or interfere with the activities of the school are unacceptable. Disruptive activities in classrooms, libraries, offices, and other campus meeting or assembly areas are included.

Theft or destruction of property
Theft of or damage to the property of another person or of the school is unacceptable, as is defacing or rendering library material unusable. Unauthorized possession or use of school materials or equipment is a form of stealing.

Purposeful violation of institutional policies
Purposeful violations include, but are not limited to, refusal to comply with contractual arrangements with school departments or services.

Sexual Standards

IHOPU believes that sexual union must be reserved for marriage, which is the covenant union between one man and one woman, and that sexual abstinence is required for the unmarried. The school further believes that extramarital and homosexual forms of sexual conduct are inconsistent with the teaching of Scripture. Consequently, the school expects all members of its community—faculty, staff, and students—to abstain from what it holds to be unbiblical sexual practices.

Sexual Harassment

Definition of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is conduct based on sex or of a sexual nature, whether directed toward a person of the opposite or same sex, and may include explicit sexual propositions, sexual innuendos, suggestive comments, sexually oriented “kidding” or “teasing,” “practical jokes,” displaying sexually explicit printed or visual material, and physical contact such as patting, pinching, hugging, or brushing against another person’s body. Both men and women may be victims of sexual harassment. One person may be sexually harassing another person and not be aware of it. For example, it is possible that joking and other related behavior based on sex or of a sexual nature may be unwelcome to one person and constitute sexual harassment, whereas the person who initiates the joking may not be aware of its impact on the other person.

Policy against Sexual Harassment
IHOPU is committed to maintaining an environment in which faculty, staff, and students can study and work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment of all kinds is prohibited both by school policy and by federal and state laws. This applies to all members of the IHOPU community, including faculty, staff, and students. This prohibition applies to members of the IHOPKC community and the school’s agents, as well as to vendors, independent contractors, and others doing business with the school.

Use of Substances

IHOPU is committed to maintaining an environment that is conducive to wellness and godly self-development of individuals. Thus we seek to ensure that all of our facilities are free from the use of alcohol and illegal drugs. The use of tobacco is prohibited on all IHOPKC property.

All IHOPU faculty, staff, and students agree to refrain from the use of illegal drugs and from the public or social consumption of alcoholic beverages. (We have no policy against drinking alcohol in moderation in the context of a meal with immediate family members). These commitments should be upheld during school breaks and trips outside of Kansas City.

Local, state, and federal laws establish penalties for the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of illegal drugs. Incidents on the IHOPU campus or incidents involving members of the IHOPU community may be reported to civil authorities for legal action.

Unlawful Discrimination

IHOPU is committed to providing an environment free from unlawful or un-Christian discrimination in all of its practices, procedures, and programs. This extends to the school’s administration of educational policies, admissions, hiring, educational programs, and activities. In keeping with this commitment, the school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, military service status, veteran status, medical condition, pregnancy, or age.

IHOPU lawfully discriminates on the basis of sexual conduct that violates its biblically based “Community Standards” statement(s) on sexual standards and sexual harassment set out in this document. Continued practice (without repentance) of immoral activity may lead to disciplinary action or dismissal.

IHOPU also lawfully discriminates on the basis of religious beliefs. As a Christian institution, all teaching and management positions in the school are restricted to persons who will affirm in writing the “Statement of Faith” of IHOPKC. These positions require adherence to the Christian beliefs, doctrines, and tenets affirmed by the school as a foundational part of the person’s essential functions, and involve representing the Christian mission, objectives, and activities of the school to colleagues, students, and off-campus constituencies. IHOPU also reserves the right to seek, hire, retain, and promote individuals who support the mission and goals of the institution and whose conduct is consistent with its understanding of Scripture.

The IHOPU community standards of conduct are guided by an understanding of Scripture and a commitment to its authority regarding all matters of Christian faith and practice. This understanding of Scripture directly relates not only to the school’s admissions, educational, and service guidelines, but also to IHOPU’s core mission, values, and identity. Since its establishment in 2006, IHOPU has been an openly and pervasively sectarian Christian educational institution. The school’s “Statement of Faith” is the defining principle within the school’s governing bylaws and the unifying pillar supporting faculty governance. Agreement with the “Statement of Faith” is a key determining factor for accepting a person to faculty or staff status. IHOPU stands for the fundamentals of the faith as taught in Holy Scripture and handed down by the orthodox Church. Faculty and staff see their role in the educational ministry of IHOPU as part of their larger ministry, common to all Christians, of serving Christ as obedient disciples in the Church and in the world.

The policies set forth here in the “IHOPU Community Standards” are applicable to all members of the IHOPU community, and, as such, adherence to them is a continuing condition of enrollment and/or service.

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