The HOD Ministry School serves as the primary training branch of our global movement and is the heartbeat of our local base in Austin.

The school is broken in to two different three-month semesters with two optional overseas mission trips.

The first track is a "heart track" that is focused on the inner man. During the first semester subjects like character development, humility, developing personal history with God, Tabernacle of David, basic Christian doctrine and more are covered.

The second track is a "leadership development track" that is focused on the outer man. During the second track subjects like spiritual gift development, leadership training, growing in your calling and more are covered. We also begin to entrust responsibilities to you and allow you to take on smaller leadership roles around the HOD base.

We also host daily extended worship and prayer sets as well as quarterly events to bless our city.



"I'm really excited about the Heart of David Ministry School! If you are someone who wants to grow in your understanding of the presence of God, if you want to grow in your love for God, if you want to grow in worship, if you want to grow in leadership, then this is the place for you!" 

- Kim Walker Smith

Jesus Culture


"My friend Rick Pino has an amazing ministry school called, Heart of David. If you feel called to ministry in any capacity, you should go here! It will change your life!"

- Todd White

Lifestyle Christianity


"There can be no Heart of David School unless the man leading it has the heart of David. For the past 11 years, Rick Pino has been one of the dearest young men to my heart. I want to encourage you, GO! Get the heart of David and become prophetic worshipers who shape the future of America and the nations!"

- Lou Engle


When is the next semester?

Feb. 4th - April 26th, 2019. Applications for this semester are due January 25th, 2019.


Who can apply?

Applicants must be at least 17 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.


Is there a maximum age limit?

Yes. Our cut off age to be a student in the school is 30 years old. However, we have other outlets like daily worship and prayer sets, weekly hunger nights, and semi-annual conferences for people of all ages.


Am I guaranteed acceptance to the school when I apply?

No one is guaranteed acceptance. After prayerful consideration, our office will notify you via email regarding your acceptance or denial.


What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition for first semester students is $3,600.

Tuition for second semester students is $3,000.


What does tuition cover?

First semester tuition will cover housing, classes, class materials, honorariums for seminar speakers, administrative costs, and more.

*Second semester tuition does not cover housing.


How much would tuition be if I already live in Austin and I don't need housing?

Tuition cost for those who are already Austin locals before applying for the school is $3,000 per semester.


What is NOT covered by tuition?

Food, transportation, textbooks (cost of the textbooks is very low), extra spending money. 


If accepted, when is tuition due?

After acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $1500.00 USD per student is required 30 days before arrival day with the balance due on registration day.


Is the school only for singers and musicians?

No. All who have a heart for ministry training, worship, discipleship, community, and/or global missions can apply.


Will I need my own reliable transportation?



Will I need a laptop?

A laptop is useful for study and communication but is not required.


How long is each semester?

Each semester is 12 weeks long. However, after every semester we send mission teams to the nations and many of our students go on these trips.


What is a typical week’s schedule?

Tuesday - Friday:

9am-12pm: Worship and Lecture

12pm-1pm: Lunch

1pm-5pm: Worship and Prayer Sets


10am-1pm: Outreach to our city


10am-1pm: Local church ministry (our students visit and serve at different local services)

Tuesday nights:

6pm-8pm: Student Connect Night (weekly hang out and food)




What type of subjects will be covered?

-Revival History

-7 Hebrew Words for Praise


-How to move in the gifts of the Spirit


-Tabernacle of David

-Global Missions

-Leadership Development

-Prophetic Ministry


-Prophetic Evangelism

-Words of knowladge


-How to break poverty and live generously


-Servant leadership

And much more!


Are you accepting international applicants?



If I am accepted, can I work an outside job?

Due to a heavy schedule, working an outside job is highly discouraged during the duration of the semester.


What is the dating policy?

Dating and courting are not permitted during your time as a HOD student. We strongly advocate that you keep this season of your life set apart for spiritual introspection and relational deepening with Christ and Him alone. If applicant is engaged, they should specify this on their application.


Is childcare provided?

Not at this time.


Do you offer a discount for married couples?

Yes. Married couples will receive a 50% discount. However, Married couples will be responsible to work out their own housing arrangements.


Is my tuition tax deductible?