Build a foundation for a life of ministry with nine months of hands-on training and discipleship.

Whether you choose to focus on Leadership, Worship, or Production, you'll be working in full-time ministry with a ton of people wired just like you. You'll build lifelong relationships and be actually discipled. You'll spend time with pastors and leaders and find out what a life of ministry is really like. This is the real thing, with a ton of growth, lessons, hard work, and fun all along the way.

You’ll discover your ministry calling working as an active part of the team at Bayside Church in Northern California. You’ll love your new home base! Bayside’s four campuses host 12,000 people for services each weekend, and as you can imagine, offer many opportunities for you to develop your leadership and deploy your gifts. Then, dive even deeper into your training with a second year at Thrive School - and there are even more opportunities after that!


Share experiences you'll never forget

A week transforming communities in Mexicali, Mexico (with hundreds of high school students), Christmas outreach services that bring 40,000 people through the doors to hear the Good News, kids’ camps and events that transform families, amazing retreats and focused training sessions with Bayside’s pastors - the list of things you’ll do here goes on and on. In short, you’ll carry the experiences, skills, growth, and relationships you’ll build at Thrive School with you throughout your entire life.

Thrive School quite literally changed my life. I found my lifelong best friends here, discovered the love and grace of Jesus with brand new eyes, and learned more than I could ever sum up in a short quote.
— Stephanie Wilcox, School of Leadership