Who is eligible to enroll in the Mission School?
The Mission School is offered to anyone who has a high school or high school-equivalent diploma by the start date of the school, and is between the ages of 18-29.
Who are the teachers/speakers?
Most of the speakers for phase 1 are friends and partners of the BSHOP who are highly qualified and well respected pastors, ministry leaders, and experts in their field. The BSHOP staff will also teach some of the topics, mostly in phase 3.
Where will I live?
Students will be living in an apartment building owned by the Bridge Street House of Prayer in the West Side of Grand Rapids, Michigan during the Formation Phase and Sending Phase. It is located on the same block as the ministry center.
May I have a car while enrolled in the Mission School?
We discourage students from having a car while enrolled in the BSMS largely due to the fact that limited parking is a major issue in our neighborhood. Street parking is the only option available for students and most of our neighbors. We encourage other forms of transportation such as bikes, longboards, roller blades, and shoes. We are about a 10 minute walk from downtown Grand Rapids.
Where will we go for Phase 2?
We are currently working in Guatemala City and southeastern India. We hope to build new long-term relationships with global partners in the future as well.
When does Mission School start?
Mission School is about 8 months long, and runs from early-September through the end of April.
Are there breaks during the Mission School?
Yes, there is a 2 day break for Thanksgiving, a 1-week break for Christmas, and a long weekend in March upon arriving from phase 2. See Academic Calendar for more details.
Can I work another job and attend the Mission School?
The Mission School will demand 50+ hours per week, so a second job really isn’t an option. This is an opportunity to take an 8 month season and set it apart to seek God in a rich environment of intentional community, biblical teaching, fervent prayer, and urban and global mission work.
How much does Mission School cost?
We work hard to keep the cost as low as possible to make it accessible to anyone who might be called to the Mission School.
Tuition for BSMS 2016-17 is about $8,000
Do I have to pay everything upfront?
Nope. Here’s the payment schedule for 2016-17:
June 3: $100.00 security deposit is due. (Refundable only upon completion of Mission School)
September 2: $3,300 (phase 1 payment deadline)
November 4: $3,300 (phase 2 payment deadline)
December 22: $1,300 (phase 3 payment deadline)
Is there anything that tuition doesn’t cover?
Almost everything you need is covered in the tuition. Here are some common additional costs: Passport, visa, traveler’s insurance, books, school supplies, personal items.
What if I don’t have the money?
We recommend working to earn as much as you can toward the cost of tuition. Since fundraising is likely necessary to acquire funds, the BSHOP has some resources, insights, and strategies available upon request that may help your fundraising be successful. Also, if you would like information about scholarships or other financial aid, contact us at email@example.com.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes, we currently offer a limited number of students up to 50% off tuition for those accepted into our Urban Scholarship Program. This scholarship is available to students who live in an urban area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Can I apply for financial aid?
Not through the government. The BSMS is not a state accredited institution, and therefore does not qualify for state funding. There are currently no other financial assistance programs available to students.
Are tuition payments tax deductible?
No. According to IRS regulations, tuition payments for the Mission School are not tax deductible because your schooling is technically a service you are paying for. Please inform your supporters of this detail if you are fundraising. More information here.
Should my financial donors write checks to me or to BSHOP?
If a person is giving you money to pay your Mission School tuition, they should write checks to you personally, not BSHOP. We prefer to receive payments directly from our enrolled students. An exception is when funds for tuition come from another organization or trust with policies against writing personal checks. Just be sure to communicate with our office administration so that funds are properly tracked.
Can I pay my tuition online?
No. We are currently set up to receive only tax-deductible donations online. Since BSMS tuition payments are not tax-deductible donations, we cannot ethically receive them in this way.
How do I pay my tuition?
Please submit all payments in the form of a check written to Bridge Street House of Prayer. For tracking purposes, please write the name of the enrolled student in the memo line on the check. Mail payments to 1054 Bridge Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, or drop them off at the BSHOP office Monday through Friday between 9am-5pm.