Can I attend part-time?
Yes! We accept part-time students. This suits students who cannot spare the time to attend with a full-time load for any reason, or would be unable to afford full-time tuition. This is a particularly good option for those who are looking to invest in training alongside a position serving elsewhere.
How long will it take to get a response from you once I've submitted my application?
We will let you know that we have received your application and three references within a few days. From there, we will notify you within thirty days to let you know if an interview will be scheduled as the next stage of the application process. If you have any questions during this time, feel free to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is Housing Included?
Housing is not provided in the cost of the School. If you are outside the Portland area and would like help finding a place to live, feel free to email us and we will help guide you to useful resources for locating housing.
Where is the School located?
Our classrooms and offices are located at Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland, Oregon.
Are there scholarships available? And do you offer financial aid or student loans?
While we currently do not offer financial aid packages or student loans, we have a limited amount of scholarships available based on need. Please email us if you are in need of a scholarship.
I’ve never raised money before. Will I still be able to go on the practicum?
We will assist and support you while you learn how to raise the funds throughout the course of the year. Everyone will be fundraising together, and we will have classes to help you learn about the process.
Can I be a part of a church other than Westside: A Jesus Church while attending Westside School?
Most importantly, we want to make sure that you are part of a healthy church during the year – the School is not a replacement for church! If you are joining the school from outside Portland, we strongly advise that you attend Westside: A Jesus Church, as it will help us help you to plug into a church community. It will also help you, since it will be highly likely that most, if not all, of your internship hours and mentor meetings will center around this church.
If you are serving at your home church in Portland as part of you internship, then please talk to us about where you attend – it definitely makes sense for you to remain plugged in and serving at the church we are equipping you to serve in. If your internship commitments mean that you are at Westside: A Jesus Church on a Sunday, you may not be able to get to your home church, but could still attend a midweek or community group. If you have concerns about this, just talk to us.
Wherever you attend, you will find it helpful to attend at least some gatherings at Westside: A Jesus Church, because of the close connection between our school community and this church.
Can I work a full-time job during the week?
Great question. Many of our full-time students work, and we try to remain sensitive to these commitments. However, given that all our classes are mandatory, and given the time you will need to commit to homework, internships, and other activities outside the classroom hours, space for a job is limited – especially on retreat weeks when you are away from Portland. The school is a full-time program, and needs a full-time commitment each week. As a guideline, we think that you will find it difficult to thrive in the school if you are working more than 18 hours in a part-time job. If you are concerned about this talk to us- it may be possible that completing the program part-time would suit you better.
If you complete the program part-time you will need to ensure that you can have Mondays clear for attending school. Homework, meetings, internships, etc., should be flexible enough to fit around a work schedule for the rest of the week. We recognize the challenges of working full-time alongside education, and want to work with anyone God is calling to this program to enable them to thrive in it.
Can I study two Streams at the same time?
Class times overlap between Streams, making it necessary to choose a single Stream for your first year. Even though you won't be able to take multiple Streams simultaneously, student schedules are arranged in such a way that you will constantly be connected to students from all three Streams, and will often work collaboratively with them.
I've previously studied at another college, can I waive certain classes?
Westside School of Mission, Theology, & Worship is an all-inclusive program that requires involvement in all classes.
Is Westside School of Mission, Theology, and Worship academically accredited?
Great question. Westside School of Mission, Theology, & Worship is not currently academically accredited (though we are working on it). The benefit offered by our school is found in your personal growth through the teaching, discipleship, community, and experiences that you'll get to be a part of.
I'm an international student, can I still apply?
Unfortunately, there are current complications that prevent us from accepting international students. We invite you to follow us on social media to stay connected. Find us on Instagram or Facebook. If you would like us to keep you in mind for the 2017-2018 school year, please email us at email@example.com.
Will I need a car?
While you won't need a car, you will need a way to get to our offices each day for your classes and internships. This could mean taking the public transportation, carpooling, or living close enough to walk/bike/roller skate.
Do I need a laptop and printer?
Much of the work is submitted digitally, and you will need electronic access for some reading and projects. Access to your own laptop is highly encouraged.
I have children. Do you offer day care?
Unfortunately, we do not have any options for child care.
Are there any educational requirements?
The work is at college level, but does not assume any prior knowledge of specific subjects. As long as you have successfully completed high school, you should be fine. If you have a learning disability, or English is an additional language for you, please talk to us about how we can adapt to your needs before school begins.
Is there an age limit?
For legal reasons, students will need to turn 18 before leaving on their practicum trips in May. We do not have an upper age limit, but the program is designed for people in some of the formative stages of their story – which could be a change in the direction of their life as they get ready for a new chapter. So if you think you may have passed your formative stages, feel free to talk to us before you apply.
Is attendance required at all classes?
Yes – all classes, internships, homework, mentor meetings and retreats are mandatory. All of our classes connect together, and missing a class means missing part of the story. We ask that you only miss classes in cases of personal emergency, such as illness.
Feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible. Thanks!