First Year

A people set aside for His Presence

“when christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” – dietrich bonhoeffer

dallas, tx

nine months

twenty-five hours/wk

Our Focus

is ministry to the Lord.

Keeping this in mind, the First Year experience has been designed to invite you into an intentionally cultivated atmosphere of prayer and worship.

In your first year of USM, you will grow in biblical knowledge, understanding the gift of prophecy, intimacy with The Lord in your prayer life, and most importantly, a sustained hunger for His Presence.

Many students value their decision of spending a “gap year” or a transition season with us. And in prioritizing their relationship with the Lord with their time at USM, they gain a biblical and practical understanding of what it means to minister to Him with their lives

Prayer

The Prayer Room is a place to gather to minister to the heart of God and receive God’s love. In this place, we hear God’s voice and then respond through praying, prophesying, and decreeing His will into the earth.

Students spend 16+ hours in the Prayer Room each week. We value the Presence of God and desire to establish a community in which the fullness of His Presence consistently manifests in our lives.

A core value for USM is the “In and Out Lifestyle.” After “coming in” to encounter Him in the place of worship and prayer, we “go out” to share the love of God with the world.

Classes

USM values honoring and loving relationships, and this translates to the classroom as well. Our desire is for students to feel comfortable enough to ask questions, take risks, and work through challenges. The classroom is a safe place to learn, discuss, and fail. Key classes during your First Year experience will be…

5Biblical Foundations  5UPPERROOM Culture  5Theology  5New Covenant  5Intimacy in Prayer  5Upper Room Discourse  5Prophecy

Transformation Groups

Transformation Groups are where life is lived out together. Every student will belong to a group where they will meet weekly in a smaller-sized environment with intentional leaders, fostering a space to enjoy living and learning together.

Transformation Groups

Transformation Groups are where life is lived out together. Every student will belong to a group where they will meet weekly in a smaller-sized environment with intentional leaders, fostering a space to enjoy living and learning together.

Application info

Who Can Apply

Requirements for applying to First Year include:

5Must be at least 18 years of age
5Have a high school deploma or GED
5Be a citizen of the United States (or have residency)
5Have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior

Important Application dates are:

Applications Open: December 28, 20234
Applications Close: July 1, 20244

When Can I Apply

Calendar 2024-2025

fall semester

August 19-23: Orientation & Retreat
August 26: First Day of Class/Module 1 Begins
September 2: Labor Day Holiday/UPPERROOM Closed
October 10: Module 1 Ends
October 14-17: Chapel Week
October 21: Module 2 Begins
November 25-28: Thanksgiving Break
December 12: Module 2 Ends
December 13 - January 5: Christmas Break

spring semester

January 6: Module 3 Begins
January 20: MLK Day/UPPERROOM Closed
February 3-6: Chapel Week
February 27: Module 3 Ends
March 3: Module 4 Begins
March 10-13: Spring Break
April 24: Module 4 Ends
April 28-May 1: Local Outreaches
May 3: Commissioning

We were created to host the presence of the living God, and when we encounter His love, we can’t help but be transformed.

It’s time to learn how to stop doing good things for God and learn how to simply start being with Him.