In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world
John 16:33

MSU’s Special Forces (SF) program is an intense leadership training course designed to prepare students physically, mentally, and spiritually to discover and walk in their calling. The program’s ultimate goal is to produce team focused leaders with the character and resilience to make a lasting impact in whatever sphere of influence they are called to.

This program was established in 2005 by Rick Joyner, who was inspired by his association with the elite U.S. Delta Force and his desire to see the church raised to a similar standard. MSU’s Special Forces 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, SF students travel into the wilderness where they are taught survival skills, leadership skills, and spiritual principles while completing difficult objectives. The course is designed to push students beyond their perceived limits and into their full potential.



Due to the physically demanding nature of this training and the potential dangers associated with some of our activities, students must be over 18 years old to apply and must be above an average fitness level. Applicants over the age of 45 will not be considered for this program. This program is not for everyone, and not all who are accepted into the program will complete it.
The program begins with an evaluation process that occurs in the wilderness. During this evaluation period, students are exposed to difficult conditions and challenges to determine their leadership capacity and their ability to maintain team cohesiveness and mission focus. Full entry into the program will be determined after this initial selection phase.



MSU is committed to keeping costs as low as possible for our students. However, additional fees are required to cover the expenses involved with the SF program, including the transport, food, and equipment associated with the monthly wilderness trips as well as other outings, training, and equipment needed throughout the year.
Currently, the tuition cost for the SF first year elective is $1,600 plus a $350 equipment fee. Students are not required to purchase gear prior to starting the program. As students progress through the program, they will learn what outdoor gear they need and of what quality.

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