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Are Hope Corps and the Apostolic School of Theology the same organization?
No, they are entirely different entities. Hope Corps is a non-profit organization endorsed by the Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship. It has its own Director, Board and volunteer staff.
We have partnered with the Apostolic School of Theology (AST) to offer accredited college courses as part of the Hope Corps training. As such, specific aspects of the program are not under our control and will be directed to an AST representative.
Are Hope Corps and the Hope Corps Philippines the same organization?
No, the country of the Philippines have formed their own Hope Corps. They will have their own curriculum and ITW in the Philippines. We will be affiliated with them and will join them when possible in the Philippines.
What ages are allowed to participate in Hope Corps?
There is no maximum age limit although students should be in good health in order to participate in the Intensive Training Week (ITW). In order to enroll in the academic classes students must be a minimum of 16 years old AND a senior in high school. However, students must be 18 years of age (at time of arrival) to participate in an ITW. We recommend that students wait until they are 17 so as not to have a delay between course work and ITW. (Please note there are no exceptions made regarding age requirements.)
I am a pastor (or pastor’s wife), do I still need to have the Pastor’s Approval Form completed?
Yes. If you are a pastor’s wife then your husband would be the authorized minister required to complete the Approval Form. If you are a pastor, we request that your pastor/bishop complete the form. If you do not have a recognized pastor then an ordained minister which you hold yourself accountable to would complete the form.
Can you be married and participate?
Yes! Hope Corps is open to all students single, engaged, married or divorced. Married students do not have to enroll with their spouse in order to participate. Please note that ITW’s are open only to eligible students. If you are married, your spouse may not attend ITW unless they are an eligible student as well and will be required to stay in the appropriate dorm.
What are the requirements to enroll?
In order to be accepted into the program you must receive your Pastor (or authorized minister’s) approval. Additionally, you must have received the gift of the Holy Ghost (with the evidence of speaking in tongues) and have been baptized in Jesus Name prior to your application.
Are the units earned good for any accredited university?
Yes! You can earn college credit through the fully accredited Apostolic School of Theology (AST) to be applied toward an Associate or Bachelor Degree’s. Because AST is an accredited university, units earned in this program can be transferred to a local college or university. Course credit determined by HIU/AST.
However, acceptance of units is up to the accepting university, and we cannot guarantee your university or school of choice will accept these credits. Please contact your school to inquire about their transfer policy.
What are the classes offered in the program?
Students complete six (6) courses online through our partnership with the Apostolic School of Theology. Subject matters covered are: Biblical Introduction, Leadership Development, Fundamental Doctrine, Personal & Spiritual Development, Pentecostal Theology and Intercultural Studies. All courses are under the direct supervision of AST, not Hope Corps.
What is the cost for the six courses?
Cost of each course is $189 per a class (total of $1,134 + 4% non refundable transaction fee per class), which does not include purchase of books. These fees are set and payable to AST for each course before that course starts. A single payment for all 6 courses can also be made if desired.
What is the cost for the Intensive Training Week (ITW)?
On average, escrow fees for both locations start at $430.00 (USD). This covers meals, lodging, event materials, travel insurance and extra event costs (subject to change). Not included in this price: air transportation, passport costs (for oversea locations), governmental tax fees, uniform shirts, and extra spending costs. (Options outside of New York and Roatan, Honduras will typically have higher costs.) The overall total budget including the escrow fee has been approximately $1,800 – $2.000, depending on the location and cost of tickets.
Please note: Escrow fees are NOT tax deductible since it is not a donation but a payment for services rendered.
Can I take just the classes and not the ITW portion?
No. In order to be considered an alumnus of Hope Corps you must complete both sections. However, individuals interested in just the classes can contact the Apostolic School of Theology and request information for their Apostolic Foundations Certificate.
Who pays for me to participate in Hope Corps?
Costs for the program are the responsibility of the student. Scholarships are offered to help with ITW costs. (Please note that these scholarships are offered through a third party and are not under the control of Hope Corps or their staff.) We encourage students to save prior to enrolling or raise funds through sponsors.
Who is behind the Hope Corps program?
Hope Corps is a non-profit pastor and volunteer driven organization. Endorsed by the Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship we rely on apostolic ministers, leaders and individuals volunteering their time.
Do I receive an official certificate of completion for my coursework?
Yes! Students receive their certificates at the annual Hope Corps graduation held annually in conjunction with the Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship’s Summit Conference. Certificates can be mailed to the student’s minister if they are unable to attend the ceremony. Please note that this is not a degree or it’s equivalent and cannot be used as such.
How do I get started?
Where and when are Intensive Training Weeks?
Currently Intensive Training Weeks are held annually during the summer in one of two locations: New York City and Roatan, Honduras. Additional locations may be announced when available. ITW’s are held during the months of June, July and August (dates vary by year).
How are Hope Corps alumni assigned to a field? Where can a Hope Corps alumnus go for a mission?
Hope Corps does not assign alumni to any mission or location. Mission assignment locations are between the alumni and his or her pastor.
Hope Corps alumni are encouraged to become immediately involved in their local church as soon as they graduate from the Hope Corps training program. Beyond the local church, there is the potential to work in various fields around the world including North America with their pastor’s approval. Hope Corps stands ready to assist their pastor in any way possible.
Where have Hope Corps alumni been involved?
Hope Corps alumni and students have all been involved in their local churches. As of August 2012, Hope Corps Alumni, with their pastor’s blessings, have also been involved in short term missions trips to eight different countries, for an accumulated duration of 90 weeks on mission.