to Frequently Asked Questions
WHO IS THRIVE SCHOOL FOR?
Thrive School is for anyone who has graduated high school and wants to either pursue a ministry career or invest in their own leadership while attending a university. You're also likely to have the best experience if you're not married and somewhere between 17 and 25, though neither of these are strict rules.
We regularly have students apply who have already earned a Bachelor's degree and want to add real-life ministry training to their experience. Check out an opportunity to join Thrive School staff.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Tuition for students starting in Fall 2019 is detailed at our partner page with Southeastern University. The program fee includes room and board (see “Where will I live” below), conference admissions, and retreat costs. If you've already been accepted into Thrive School and need advice about raising money, check out this page.
HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
Each year of Thrive School runs from August through May (nine months). At the end of your first year you will have the opportunity to apply to return for a second year. Those who go two full years will earn a ministry certificate from Thrive School upon graduation.
WHERE WILL I LIVE?
If you are not a local student, you’ll live with a host family from Bayside Church during your time at Thrive School. Some local students may have the opportunity to be placed with a host home as well depending on availability and need. These families are specially screened and selected through our Host Home program. They support and believe in the mission of Thrive School, are committed to Jesus, and will provide a stable living space for you. Your host family will also provide food, although it’s wise to plan for additional gas and dining expenses (about $300 / month). Check out more Host Home information HERE.
WHAT IF I DON'T LIVE IN THE US?
We can't currently offer visas to foreign students, but we're working on it, and hope to be able to do this soon. If you're able to secure a visa on your own, then go ahead and apply!
CAN I HAVE AN OUTSIDE JOB?
Short answer, no. Your schedule at Thrive School will be busy, and we want to make sure you get a day off whenever possible while having adequate time for your ministry responsibilities and homework. We’ve found that the only way to reasonably make each of those things happen is by ensuring Thrive School is the only thing you have to focus on.
ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS?
You need to have health insurance, a car, and car insurance for your entire time at Thrive School. You’ll also need to own a laptop (MAC preferred) and a smartphone (iPhone/Galaxy etc).