“In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world”
MSU’s Special Forces Program is an intense training program designed to prepare students in spirit, soul, and body to handle the demands of servant leadership for “The Great and Terrible” times we live in.
The program’s ultimate goal is to produce believers with character, resilience, and grit equipped with the skills and knowledge to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth in any context. SF will equip you for special operations and crisis response missions to reach the “Billion Soul Harvest.”
Established in 2005 by Rick Joyner, this program was inspired by his association with the elite U.S. Delta Force and his desire to see the church raised to a similar standard. The Special Forces Program is unique in the world of ministry schools because it combines classroom teaching along with hands-on, real-world, situational training.
Do you desire to be challenged, equipped, and prepared for your radical calling?
Are you ready to live “all in, all the time”?
If this sounds like what your spirit is calling out for,
if you feel like you just read about what your life is missing,
apply now to see what God is about to do in you!
what to expect
Through this program, students are exposed to various demanding personal and communal challenges, weekly teaching times and physical fitness training (‘zero-dark-thirty workouts’). Each month students travel into areas chosen to equip them with various skills that will forge overcomers, develop leadership, and cultivate spiritual growth through overcoming difficult circumstances.
SF will also have a variety of outreaches, excursions, and disaster response deployments that will galvanize skill-sets and give one the honor of being part of a competent team.
PILLARS: S. A. T. S.
Spirit-led life – hearing God speak and lead, taking the no out of your soul, giving your all, submitting to the spirit within you, prayer and worship,
Adventure – wild and free, nature and wilderness, confidence building, challenges, expectancy, resiliency, perseverance, testing, and trials.
Training – skill acquisition, leadership & servanthood, standard-setting, mental/emotional/physical/spiritual growth, survival, extreme situations, crisis management, evangelism, cultural awareness.
Self-leadership – self-awareness, self-governance, being led by the spirit, not the soul and body, walking humbly, doing good, up-leveling your life, understanding authority, servant leadership, humility/teachability/adaptability.
Values – Teamwork, Confidence, Perseverance, Flexibility, Service, Honor, Integrity, Never Quit, Discipline, Leadership, Humility, All in all the time.
Due to the physically demanding nature of this program and potential dangers associated with the training, students must be over 18 years of age to apply. They must be able to undergo intense physical training.
This program involves challenging training in a variety of extreme situations. All students must be able and willing to participate and attempt all activities and excursions.
While you do not need to be a trained athlete to join this program, you must have a “never quit” resolve and a deep desire to overcome challenges and perceived limitations.
Students who choose SF as an MSU major will undergo an assessment and selection process held September 9-11th. Nicknamed “The 24”, it will include a twenty-four-hour period that measures SF candidates’ physical, mental, and emotional resolve.
At the beginning of the “24” students will be initially challenged to complete 50 push-ups in 2 minutes, 60 sit-ups in 2 minutes, run 3 miles under 27 minutes, and complete a 6-mile ruck in under 2.5 hours. The remainder of the Selection will be revealed upon completion of the initial challenge.
We recommend that Students who desire to be part of the program start a regular fitness routine to be ready for Selection.
The SF program is designed for student growth; therefore the selection process is not “pass or fail” but is to determine those who desire to overcome obstacles, grow in character and have the heart to be part of something great.
The end goal of the SF program is to develop a competent team of missionaries willing to go anywhere, anytime, without reservation to fulfill the Great Commission.
Those who don’t make Selection or who feel at this point SF is not the right fit for them will have the opportunity to switch majors.
We live in a culture of convenience, and those willing to pay the price are few and far between, but don’t count yourself out! Too often, we inventory our weaknesses and disqualify ourselves from the historic exploits God has prepared for us. We are all made to live and die for something, so if this is where you belong- where you want to be prepared for your purpose in life – APPLY TODAY!
MSU is committed to keeping all costs as low as possible for students. However, additional fees are required to cover the extra expenses involved with the Special Forces Program. Currently, the tuition cost for the SF major is $1950, in addition to the College of Leadership tuition, which covers all expeditions (transportation, food, and equipment) during the school year and other adventures. This can be paid upfront for a discount or paid in installments throughout the year.
Because the Special Forces Program has a strong focus on crisis response and missions, there may be trips each year depending on disasters. These trips are generally covered by tuition. All students are required to attend a 7-day mission trip in March, and the tuition is not included in tuition. Students must fundraise approximately $1800 for this trip.
The Special Forces Program will provide all the necessary equipment, including high-quality backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, water filters, cook gear, medical resources, and other essential items to students as part of their tuition. Students are not required to purchase any gear prior to starting the program.
Students may choose to bring and use any outdoor gear they already have, namely, hiking shoes, running shoes, and a ruck pack with a hydration system.