Frequently Asked Questions

“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 
(1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Which campus do you have questions about?

FAQ for Main Campus (Brighton, Michigan)

Please read FAQs to see if your question can be answered here. If you still have questions after searching our FAQs, please contact us.

Why should I apply to Encounter School?

The Encounter School of Ministry is a dynamic training program designed to teach, equip, and activate you in the full supernatural lifestyle of Jesus so that you can walk with God in intimacy and demonstrate his love and power to the world around you! We believe that as disciples of Jesus embrace their identity and live out of the inheritance Jesus won for them, their mission, ministry, and God-given dreams will flourish in every season of life.

What is the application process

All prospective students must apply online here.  The application is free.  Applications are open until all spots are filled. Any prospective students who are not accepted must wait until the following year to reapply. Once you complete all the required fields for information and attach a picture, we will confirm that we received it and begin our discernment process. You should know if your application is accepted within 2-4 business days.

 

When is the application deadline?

Application deadline for onsite schools varies based on location and start date. No new students will be accepted after the 2nd class of the first quarter. Dates for Fall 2020 are as follows:

Main Campus
Orientation (Year 1 & 2) – Sept. 8th
First Class (Year 1 & 2) – Sept 14th
New Student Deadline – Sept 21st

Cincinnati Campus
Orientation (Year 1) – Sept. 15
Orientation (Year 2) – Sept. 14th
First Class (Year 1) – Sept. 22nd
First Class (Year 2) – Sept 21st
New Student Deadline – Sept 29th

Louisiana Campus
Orientation (Year 1 & 2) – Sept. 7th
First Class (Year 1 & 2) – Sept 14th
New Student Deadline – Sept. 21st

Seattle Campus
Orientation (Year 1) – Sept 10th
First Class (Year 1) – Sept 17th
New Student Deadline – Sept 24th

Is there a minimum or maximum age to apply for Encounter Online Campus?

The minimum age is 18 years old (or 17 if you are a high school graduate). There is no maximum age!

Can I start at any quarter of the school year?

No, students are required to start with Quarter 1 on Identity. It is the foundation for all other quarters, which can be taken out of sequence as necessary.

Do I need to commit to a full two years to apply?

No. After the first year, students will be able to choose whether or not they want to continue and finish their second year of the school.

Can I attend the school through distance learning or Livestream?

We do offer an online campus option starting in Fall 2020. As we pilot our online platform, we welcome students who can not attend an onsite school due to distance, to learn more about distance learning here.

Is it possible to split time between an Online Campus and an Onsite Campus?

Although an Online Campus provides new opportunities for instruction that Main Campus and Satellite Campuses may utilize to their advantage in the future, we recognize that it is not ideal to move between learning communities. Because our curriculum content is best received in an atmosphere of faith, which is fostered by earned trust in the context of a consistent community, it is not an option for students to move between campuses at their discretion.

What kind of spiritual support is needed?

Though we offer pastoral direction for our students (students can make appointments through their student dashboard with trained prayer ministers), we want all students to have mentorship relationships that go beyond our walls.
Spiritual mentorship doesn’t necessarily mean seeking out a trained spiritual director. It simply requires finding a trusted, joy-filled person of faith who has an awareness of the ebbs and flows of the spiritual life and wants to see you reach your God-given potential.

CHECK OUT THIS GUIDE TO ESTABLISHING A LOCAL MENTOR.

I'm not Catholic, can I still apply?

Yes! Our applicants come to us from all walks of life: college students, working parents, church leaders, grandparents, laypeople, religious sisters, priests, and Christians from various denominations. Although we teach all content with fidelity to the Catholic faith, we honor and welcome all Christians and disciples from all denominations who are passionate about Jesus and growing in the supernatural to apply and continue their walk with us!

Is there childcare available?

Unfortunately, no it is not. If you have specific questions regarding attending school and children, please submit your question through the related campus inquiry at the bottom of the webpage.

FAQ for Online Campus 
Please read FAQs to see if your question can be answered here. If you still have questions after searching our FAQs, please contact us.

Application

Why should I apply to Encounter School?

The Encounter School of Ministry is a dynamic training program designed to teach, equip, and activate you in the full lifestyle of Jesus so that you can walk with God in intimacy and demonstrate his love and power to the world around you! Through utilizing the gift of modern technology, the Encounter School offers an online campus that connects disciples hungry for supernatural transformation in a virtual community where they can flourish!

 

What is the application process

 

All prospective students must apply online. The application is free.  Applications are open until all spots are filled. Any prospective students that are not accepted must wait until the following year to reapply. Once you complete all the required fields for information and attach a picture, we will confirm that we received it and begin our discernment process. You should know if your application is accepted within 2-4 business days.

 

When is the application deadline and first class?

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, 2020
Application deadline for online school  –  Enrollment for the Online Campus is now FULL and unfortunately cannot accept new applications for the 2020-2021 academic year!

Wednesday, September 16th or Thursday, September 17th.
Orientation

Friday, September 18th
Class 1 content available on the student dashboard.

Wednesday, September 23rd or Thursday, September 24th
Dynamic Zoom Room to discuss class 1

Is there a minimum or maximum age to apply for Encounter Online Campus?

The minimum age is 18 years old (or 17 if you are a high school graduate). There is no maximum age!

Can I start at any quarter of the school year?

No, students are required to start with Quarter 1 on Identity. It is the foundation for all other quarters, which can then be taken out of sequence as necessary.

Do I need to commit to a full two years to apply?

No. After the first year, students will be able to choose whether or not they want to continue and finish their second year of the school.

Why is there a preference given to onsite campuses over online campus in the application process?

Encounter Ministries is committed to providing the highest level of formation for our students. To that end, primacy is given to current onsite campuses in that it would provide the best means of incarnational instruction, the most opportunities for live practicums, and the benefit of support and accompaniment from a local community striving after a supernatural lifestyle. Though special circumstances may result in exceptions, as a norm, students who live near an onsite school may not be accepted to the online campus.

Is it possible to split time between an Online Campus and an Onsite Campus?

Although an Online Campus provides new opportunities for instruction that Main Campus and Satellite Campuses may utilize to their advantage in the future, we recognize that it is not ideal to move between learning communities.  Because our curriculum content is best received in an atmosphere of faith, which is fostered by earned trust in the context of consistent community, it is not an option for students to move between campuses at their discretion.

What kind of spiritual support is needed?

Our online platform is not a substitute for one-to-one support but works in partnership with the kind of direct connection, conversation, and encouragement that happens best between a student and a local spiritual mentor.
Spiritual mentorship doesn’t necessarily mean seeking out a trained spiritual director. It simply requires finding a trusted, joy-filled person of faith who has an awareness of the ebbs and flows of the spiritual life and wants to see you reach your God-given potential. Upon acceptance, we will provide students material on how to find a spiritual mentor to support their growth as a student with Encounter.

CHECK OUT THIS GUIDE TO ESTABLISHING A LOCAL MENTOR.

Can I attend if I live in Europe?

Yes! You must be able to speak and interact in English. On the application, European students should select the 1:00pm EST option on Thursday (18:00 WET and 19:00 CET) for your Encounter dynamic zoom room.

I'm not Catholic, can I still apply?

Yes! Our applicants come to us from all walks of life: college students, working parents, church leaders, grandparents, laypeople, religious sisters, priests, and Christians from various denominations. Although we teach all content with fidelity to the Catholic faith, we honor and welcome all Christians and disciples from all denominations who are passionate about Jesus and growing in the supernatural to apply and continue their walk with us!

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