“In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world”
MSU’s Steadfast (SF) outdoor leadership program is an intense wilderness training program designed to prepare students physically, mentally, and spiritually to handle the demands of leadership in this disruptive age. The program’s ultimate goal is to produce leaders with the proven character and resilience that comes from persevering through trials and tribulation (see Romans 5:3-5).
Established in 2005 by Rick Joyner, this program was inspired by Rick’s association with the elite U.S. Delta Force and his desire to see the church raised to a similar standard. MSU’s Steadfast (SF) program is unique in the world of ministry schools because of its combination of classroom teaching with experiential training in real world situations. Through this program, students are exposed to a variety of demanding personal and leadership challenges. Every month, students travel into different wilderness areas where they are taught survival skills, leadership skills, and spiritual principles while completing difficult objectives.
Due to the physically demanding nature of this training and the potential dangers associated with most of the activities, students must be over 18 years old to apply and must be of above average fitness level (however you do not need to be an iron man or superhero to be successful in this program). Applicants over the age of 45 will not be considered for this program. This program is not for everyone, and not everyone who starts the program will complete it.
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 SF program. Currently, the tuition cost for the SF program is $1,600 plus a $350 equipment fee. This pricing covers the eight wilderness expeditions (transport, food, and all camping equipment) during the school year as well as other excursions and training. This can be paid up front for a discount or paid in installments throughout the year.
MSU 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, and they only need to provide their own clothing. Students may choose to bring and use any camping gear they already have, but MSU does not recommend purchasing any new equipment prior to the course as the program will teach about the right gear to buy.
The SF program is also focused on missions and humanitarian efforts. Each year, the first year SF students are required to go on a 7 day mission trip, which is not included in tuition. Students will need to raise approximately $1,250 for this trip, and the fundraising effort is part of the course. In the event of a natural disaster, the SF team may be deployed into disaster zones to help facilitate recovery.