SEU at Hope Fellowship | Hope Fellowship


A future that involves making a difference in the world…

A future that includes living a life of purpose where your faith is the center of everything you do…

A future with college classes, building friendships that don't expire on graduation day and finding the tools you need for a successful life…

Does this describe you, someone you know or something you would want to be a part of?

SEU at Hope Fellowship Details

Southeastern University is a Christ-centered institution of higher learning, that is committed to equipping the next generation of leaders so that they can go into the world as influential servants in their careers and their communities.

While the campus in Lakeland, Florida, with a thriving community of over 6000 students, is impressive, SEU’s vision to equip partner churches is astounding! Not to mention, a few of Hope Fellowship’s pastoral team members are alumni of the university.

Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

Southeastern University is partnering with Hope Fellowship to host an instructional site on the church's campus. Southeastern University offers excellent college education for an affordable price. With regional accreditation*, Southeastern University is well established and proud to offer students opportunities to discover their divine design, all while having access to federal aid and campus resources.

Additionally, John McKinzie, our Lead Pastor, sits on the Pastoral Advisory Board for the SEU Barnett College of Ministry & Theology.

*Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southeastern University.

Our first official class of SEU at Hope Fellowship will convene in the Fall of 2018. However, we are excited to invite current Hope Fellowship attenders to apply and begin in the Fall of 2017 as part of a private, smaller class.

The beauty of our partnership with SEU, is that we are able to make ministry training practical, and tailor made to fit our Hope Fellowship culture. All students learning at Hope Fellowship, receive practicum credit for their time invested into our church, and the lessons they are learning with their hands-on ministry training. Below is a overall view of a student’s opportunities at Hope Fellowship:

  • Weekly hands-on experience serving Hope Fellowship’s various ministries and sitting in on their staff meetings.
  • Weekly personal and leadership development through devotional time, teaching, guest speakers, Right Now Media curriculum and Q&A sessions with staff leaders.
  • Unlimited access to staff development tools, including, Culture Index and self assessments.
  • Opportunities to attend Hope Fellowship staff meetings, training, and a handful of staff events.

Tuition includes 15 credit hours of SEU online classes per semester, a site fee and a technology fee. The site fee covers a stateside missions trip, the ARC conference, as well as any costs associated with the hands-on ministry and training provided by Hope Fellowship.

A note from John…


Growing up in my home town of Harlingen, TX, there was a natural network I was able to connect to in Student Ministry. When I accepted the call to be a pastor, that same network provided an educational opportunity for my journey in ministry.


I know that Hope Fellowship has been called to be that same type of opportunity for the next generation of leaders both in our church, and from other churches. If you are wanting to grow spiritually, relationally, and in your leadership, please join us as we partner with Southeastern University to prepare you for your next step in ministry. This partnership will provide a nationally recognized, regionally accredited education, that is insanely affordable, and grounded in the local church.


We look forward to having you here at Hope!