Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program start?

The 2021-2022 class starts on August 27, 2021 and concludes on June 25, 2022.

How much does the program cost and what’s covered?

Through our Ministry Placement Assignment (or MPA), we're able to have the program's total cost be as low as $3000. Without this MPA credit, the program cost would be $11,000 per student. The cost covers tuition (books and material), room and board (lodging and meals), and all utilities and wireless internet.

Who can attend the program?

GFA World's School of Discipleship is open to dedicated Christian single adults who are between the ages of 18 and 27 as of the first day of the program.

What is a Ministry Placement Assignment (MPA)?

Through MPAs (Ministry Placement Assignment) students train and serve alongside GFA home-team missionary staff in assigned departments, and depending on a student’s experience, giftings, and the need of GFA World, students could be assigned to any number of departments. In past classes, students have served in departments such as Donor Services, Information Technology, Print-room, Facilities, Web, Writers, and other departments.

Note: MPA is a mandatory program element. For more information please email: school@gfa.org.

Can I receive college credit?

No. School of Discipleship is not an accredited program and does not offer college credit.

Where will I live?

You will live in GFA's campus housing, rooming with other students. GFA provides furniture and other housing essentials. You'll need to bring your own bedding (twin-size), clothing, and toiletries. Cooking and housekeeping responsibilities are shared, so please come with a heart to serve your roommates.

What does a typical day look like?

6:00am – Home Devotionals with housemates

6:15am – Prepare for the Day

8:30am – Ministry Placement Assignment (MPA) Check-in – Daily (M-F)

9:00am – 10:15am – Class – Mon/Wed/Fri

9:00am – 10:15am – Study Hall – Tue & Thu

11:45am & 3:45pm – Prayer Times – Daily (M-F)

10:30am – 5:00pm – MPA – Daily (M-F)

5:00pm – 5:45pm – Flex time – (M-F as needed)

Weekends – Outreach opportunities, Sunday services

Should I bring a vehicle?

Most of the SD program activities are held on the campus and are within walking distance; stores, pharmacies and doctors are 15-20 minutes distance, so we strongly recommend you bring a vehicle with you. For students who do not have vehicles, we periodically provide students transportation for personal shopping. However, students are solely responsible to find or provide for their own transportation needs, including but not limited to:

  • Doctor appointments
  • Personal shopping needs
  • Other personal errands

Does the campus have cell and internet service?

Most cell phone providers offer service in our area. The ministry headquarters and student housing are all equipped with wireless internet service.

Can I work a part-time job while in the School of Discipleship?

No. The program has is a very full schedule and does not leave room for a part-time job.

Do I need to have medical insurance?

Yes. Medical insurance or a cost sharing program that will cover you in Texas is required.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to participate in the school?

Currently, we only accept U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents. Contact our Canada office for their requirements or click here: Canadian Discipleship Program.

This is the most important time of your life.

The decisions you make now will set the path to making a significant impact. You have part to play in shaping the future for generations. Will you do it?

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