Harvest Time School of Ministry is committed to raising up leaders in the next generation, preparing them for full time ministry or a life in the career field of their choice, being fully dedicated to God in whichever they choose. We receive this training at our home church of Harvest Time.
Students who attend HTSM will experience high quality education along with a wide range of ministry experience. These two key areas are held together by the heart of the school: life on life discipleship from ministry leaders. As a part of their time with us, students will be engaged in life giving and life building relationships that will shape their character as they go forward into their future.
As a Full Time student, your schedule will be filled with opportunities to experience hands-on training in your desired area of ministry while pursuing your academic goals. As a Part time student, you will learn how to be active and involved in your local church while balancing your regular schedule. Our goal is to develop a generation of leaders who will impact this world for Christ by serving faithfully in the local church.
It is our desire to provide a solid biblical foundation to partner with the ministry training you will receive and to offer a quality and affordable college option at the same time. To accomplish this we have partnered with Ecclesia College, to offer online degrees to HTSM students at an affordable rate.
HTSM students that choose the college track are enrolled as full time Ecclesia College students, and participate in both online and in-class studies for the duration of the 2 years. Students will be instructed by Ecclesia professors in their online classes. While the majority of our students opt for the Associates in Biblical Studies, there are other options available here.
Ecclesia College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE; formerly known as AABC). ABHE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For accreditation info click here.
For information about Ecclesia click here.
Students can earn an A.A. degree in Biblical studies at the completion of their second year. This 60 credit hour degree plan conforms to general University degree requirements and includes core curriculum, electives and an emphasis on Bible and Christian Ministry Coursework. Degree Plan
Students will be learning from Ecclesia Professors while enrolled in the online cohort.
Students have the option to continue their studies after completing their degree. Ecclesia offers over multiple online programs that a student can choose from after the completion of their degree. Credits can also be transferred to other institutions in order to complete a degree.
Financial aid is available through enrollment at Ecclesia. Grants and scholarships are eligible to be used at Ecclesia to cover the cost of tuition. In-state scholarships such as the Arkansas Academic Challenge are eligible, as well as institutional scholarships offered by Ecclesia. Make sure and complete your FAFSA using school code 038553.
First Year Students will receive their own personal notebook computer as part of their enrollment with HTSM. It will come loaded with their curriculum materials, books, and other extras that will enrich their academic experience.*Students are eligible for their computer once 50% of their financial payment obligation has been met.
Harvest Time has a unique blend of lasting legacy and powerful mission. Having been established for over 40 years in the Fort Smith region, Harvest Time is poised to move forward with our mission to help people Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose and Make a Difference.
Our mission can be seen in everything we do. Whether its helping single moms or teaching children through our Kids University; leading worship for a variety of ages and services or leading a small group discussion, we are always looking to move people forward in their relationship with Christ. We truly believe that God has a plan for every single person and desire to help everyone discover what that plan is.
Ministry Practicums provide a powerful vehicle within Harvest Time to equip and train you for excellence and effectiveness in a broad range of ministries and will afford you the opportunity to participate in ministry rather than trying to learn by observation only. Every first year student will participate in each practicum for eight weeks, with specific goals and objectives for each ministry. This will give a wide range of experiences that are sure to challenge and grow you as an individual.
As a student you will be interacting with the Harvest Time staff on a weekly basis. You will be held to a high standard of conduct and learning and will be expected to apply yourself to your fullest potential. Students will engage in their ministry practicum for a minimum of ten hours per week. Training you for ministry in this way builds confidence and gives you the ability to succeed when you are launched into your ministry calling.
As a part of our Student Ministry practicum you will be a vital part of the ministry that is taking place through Harvest Time directly to the next generation. The practical experience you will gain from leading small groups, helping to plan services, learning to communicate effectively, and building and leading teams will prepare you to be launched into ministry. If God is leading you toward serving in student ministry, there is no better place to develop skills to lead a revival in this generation!
Our Kids ministry invests in and grows the future leaders of the Church. Even at a young age children are able to do great things for the kingdom. Through this practicum you will be trained in the many facets of Kids ministry, from building stage designs and scripting videos to leading worship from stage and teaching God’s Word.
The Creative Arts Practicum is geared towards developing the skills of ministry through media. Students will be trained in and develop skills in photography, graphic design, video editing and production. As your skills and gifts develop, you will have the opportunity through the many ministries of Harvest Time to serve from the stage and from behind the scenes enabling people to experience God’s presence.
Our Church Ministries practicum gives each student a view of the behind the scenes ministries that make each weekend work. They will spend time and train with various staff members who oversee Guest Services, Grow Track Classes, Followup & Visitation, Administrative areas and more. We strongly believe that it takes each department of the church to make our services successful. The behind the scenes areas are critical to our overall success.
The Worship ministry will provide you the opportunity to further develop your musical and vocal gifts while you serve as part of the worship ministry each week during services. You will have the chance to work closely with our worship pastor and other gifted musicians and vocalists. You will receive training in various ministry departments of the church from kids to youth to adults and learn everything from putting a setlist together to scheduling and more.
Harvest Time is highly invested into missions work all around the world. We take very strongly Jesus words to “Go into all the world” and are actively reaching the lost in foreign nations and taking Jesus into as many homes as we can.
Having helped to start dozens of churches around the world, we play an active role in mentoring and training both the church and the local leadership where we have planted. As a HTSM student, you will have the chance to participate in a mission trip each year.
Students will be traveling to previously established churches and helping in multiple projects ranging from evangelism, conferences, pastoral training, kids ministry, and social action initiatives. This is truly an experience that will leave you marked and changed, and give you the chance to advance the Kingdom of God.
The cost of the trip is not included in tuition. All students will receive training and preparation for their trip, along with fundraising opportunities.
Student life is an important part of the HTSM program. We highly value the person that God is calling you to be, and want to help you live with purpose every day within a community that encourages you to continue to grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Our weekly schedule and yearly calendar is built with your personal development in mind. As you spend time with our staff and fellow classmates, our goal is that you become who God has called you to be and that you find clarity as to how this works out in every day life.
Jesus made it very clear what we are to do with our lives when he said “Go and make disciples”. These words are at the heart of what we do and what you will experience as a student with HTSM. You will be given opportunities to grow in your devotion with God along with key relationships to walk alongside of you.
The discipleship experience as a HTSM student is based both in you being poured into, and you pouring into others. You will spend significant time with Ministry Directors and staff members who have made it a high priority to help you become the person God has called you to be.
Chapel is one of the most significant parts of HTSM. It is a time full of life and God’s presence. You will be able to experience God’s presence through worship and prayer and hear God’s Word. In our chapel services you will be encouraged, challenged, and given the opportunity to grow in your walk with God.
Two essential parts of our Christian walk are the Bible and prayer. As a student you will have daily focused prayer and study times that will be the foundation for your spiritual growth. Being able to learn, grow and pray with your fellow classmates will become a significant part of your daily life.
You will participate in a Small Group which is designed to assist you as a student in developing a lifestyle of personal discipleship. Small Group interactions will also give opportunity for the development of community within Harvest Time and your Small Group Leader.
Each student will be placed on different project teams throughout the year where they will have the opportunity to be part of a project from start to finish. These times will be used to promote creativity and allow students to discover and use the gifts that God has given to them.
Whether your a natural born leader or still discovering your leadership abilities, we want to help you reach the fullest potential of your leadership ability. We will spend time with you teaching leadership principles and qualities, along with giving you the opportunity to live out what your taught on a regular basis.
You will have the opportunity to learn the dynamics and qualities of a successful leader through our leadership training classes. Classes are taught by the Harvest Time staff along with area business leaders, giving you broad perspective and training in all areas of leadership.
People are the heart of Harvest Time. We strive to connect with every individual, specifically getting them invested into a small group. Because of this desire every HTSM student will serve in a leadership role in a Small Group at Harvest Time.
Each leadership student will be given a project to head up and a team to help make the project successful. This will allow the student to practice leading a team in a safe environment, while giving them practical experience in leading a team.
Students will serve in our weekend services in the area of their ministry track. They will assist our staff and be a key part of our weekend experience.
Harvest Time has long had a heart for reaching and serving our city. From outreach events, to weekly ministry, HT looks for ways to give back to our community. Students will be a part of major outreach events and experience life on life ministry with those who are hurting or in need.
As a student you will have the opportunity to play a major role in our ministry and gain valuable experience that will be with you as you move forward into your future. Every student will be placed onto a ministry team and be relied upon heavily to further the mission and more importantly to reach the lost for the Kingdom of God.
One of the most exciting and memorable parts of being a student with HTSM is the chance to minister locally, regionally, and nationally. Harvest Time is a church that reaches all over the nation and students will be a part of reaching into this network and ministering to people all over the nation.
Our degree coursework is overseen by Ecclesia Faculty and Professors. Students will have a mix of online and live teaching courses along with the support of the HTSM staff in their weekly assignments and studies.
Students are enrolled as part of a cohort for Ecclesia College. An admissions counselor from Ecclesia will assist with the enrollment process from application to enrollment in courses. It is highly recommended that all students complete FAFSA applications as early as possible.
HTSM Experience provides you with an opportunity to receive spiritual and leadership development. Classes will be held on Monday Nights nights from 6:30pm-8:00pm. This time includes: small groups, personal development, leadership development, and classes taught by HT staff.
Tuition is $125 a semester. This includes 6-8 books that are used for the classes, snacks and other periodic events we will host for HTSM.
Each semester runs 14-16 weeks. Click here for our next start date.
The Spring 2020 session will be posted soon:
The Fall 2019 session will focus on the following:
As part of your leadership development you will have the chance to serve alongside our staff on a weekly basis. You will get to have a hand in the weekly ministry that happens at Harvest Time. This is a limited role, we ask that you dedicate 2-4 hours per week in a ministry area of your choice in order to gain workplace, ministry and relational skills.
Each weekend you will be a part of a serve team of your choosing. Your serve schedule can be flexible based on your needs.
We do not provide housing for students. However, we do work with them to find proper housing for the year. Housing costs are not included in the tuition and will be the responsibility of the student. We have a list of affordable apartments and are glad to connect students together so they can find roommates for expense purposes. If you need assistance in securing housing, please contact April Phipps at email@example.com
*Tuition rate shown is reflective of automatic discount as part of enrollment with HTSM and is subject to change.
Students are enrolled as full time Ecclesia students. Tuition covers the cost for enrollment in the required amount of hours for the Associates of Biblical Studies. All tuition is eligible for FAFSA, grants or loans. Scholarships such as the Arkansas Challenge are also eligible. For more information on Financial Aid and Costs visit the Ecclesia Financial Aid Page.
HTSM strives to present an affordable education and experience to the student. Fundraising trips are offered throughout the year for the student to raise funds towards their HTSM fee. The amount payable to HTSM covers costs for the entire school year and includes the following:
All books for each semester
Personal Laptop computers for use during the school year (upon tuition being paid)
Food and Supplies for special Team Projects
All food, travel and lodging costs for conferences, events and trips (excluding Mission Trips)
Payments for tuition is handled directly between the student and Ecclesia. Students can review their financial account online here.
Payments can be made to HTSM via check, card or cash at our offices. Checks can also be mailed in to our offices. Card payments can be processed over the phone.
Checks can be mailed or brought in person to our offices:
3100 Briar Cliff Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72908
PAY IN FULL
Pay your anticipated account balance in full at the start of the term
Enroll in a Payment Plan within the 2 weeks prior to the start of your term. Payment Plan payments are due on the 5th of each month to pay in full by the last month in your term.
2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
ACT score of 19.
College transfers (24+ college credit hours after high school) require a 2.5 college GPA
Submit your online application. The application must be completed in its entirety before it will be submitted to the Admissions Office. ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY JULY 31, 2018.
You will be emailed a brief survey to complete and return to the HTSM offices followed by a phone call with our team.
You will need to submit transcripts and/or ACT scores. Incoming freshmen will submit high school transcripts, college transcripts will be required for students with 24+ hours of college classes or to transfer in credits.
Accepted students will receive notification by mail along with further instruction for enrollment and payments.
Submit your FAFSA using Ecclesia’s school code 038553. For more information regarding FAFSA click here.