“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.

In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).


MSU’s Special Forces program is an intense leadership training course designed to prepare students physically, mentally, and spiritually to walk in their kingdom destiny. The ultimate goal of the program is to produce servant leaders with the character and resilience to make a lasting impact for God’s kingdom in every sphere of influence.

This program was established and founded 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 up to the same standards. MSU’s Special Forces program is unique in the world of ministry schools because of its experiential training style and exposure to every kind of leadership challenge. Each month, students participate in demanding wilderness survival trips that emphasize team building, communication skills, physical fitness, and spiritual and mental maturity to push them beyond their limitations and into their full potential. Additionally, students attend physical training sessions several times a week. The team also ministers to various groups and organizations in practical ways to develop a servant’s heart, which is the foundation of true leadership.


Due to the physically demanding nature of this training and the dangers associated with our activities, students must be over 18 years old to apply and must be of above average fitness. This program is not for everyone and not all who begin the program will finish it. The program will begin with an evaluation process that occurs in the wilderness. During this evaluation period students are exposed to difficult conditions and challenges to gauge their response and ability to maintain team cohesiveness and challenge objectives. Students who do drop out of the program at any stage will be reimbursed accordingly.


Due to the wilderness training aspect of the Special Forces (SF) program it does involve an additional cost to the students. While MSU is committed to keeping the cost as low as possible, additional fees are needed to cover the costs of the ministry and wilderness trips as well as the necessary training equipment and supplies. Currently, the above tuition cost for the SF’s first year elective is $1,600 with a $350 equipment fee. This fee covers the 8 weeks of wilderness training in which transport, food and gear is provided. Students are not required to purchase any gear prior to starting the program. The SF program will teach you what gear you need and what gear is best.

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