Joshua students participate in robust and enriching classes ranging from Old and New Testament surveys to Hermeneutics, Spiritual Formation and Foundations of Christian thought.

In partnership with Biola University, Joshua students will engage in Socratic, cohort-style classes geared toward strengthening Biblical foundations and a strong, Christian worldview. 

Students will take Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation coupled with Old Testament Survey in the fall and Foundations of Christian Thought and New Testament Survey in the Spring. In addition, students will learn about ancient Israel’s geography to prepare for our trip to Israel in April.


In the 9-months that Joshua students are in the program, they participate in five trips. Three of the trips are within the United States, focusing on service and evangelism, bringing students out of their comfort zones for the sake of the gospel.

The other two trips are to the Dominican Republic and Israel where students will be able to serve alongside missionaries and see their learning come alive in the Holy Land.

Our discipleship staff go with students on every trip, walking alongside them as they directly apply what they have learned inside of the building.


Every week, students gather in the evening to sit under the wisdom, experience, and Biblical teaching of a Joshua-selected speaker.

Our 20 speakers are professors missionaries, Bible scholars, apologists, and pastors, each bringing a unique experience, perspective, and grounding in the Word of God

Gathering together for corporate worship and teaching helps create an atmosphere of praise, growth, and true discipleship in the building and is a highlight for staff and students alike.


Doing JWI means participating in the Joshua Fast – an opportunity to lay aside media and other distractions while in the program. Read more about the Joshua Fast here.


We believe that we are meant to do the Christian life in community. We describe the Joshua community as the “rock tumbler”… Joshua students will have the opportunity to be encouraged through learning, growing, struggling, succeeding, and being challenged with and by their JWI peers. 


Joshua has a max capacity of 50 students and 4 live in staff per class year.

Move-in day is Saturday, September 7, 2024, and graduation will be May 18, 2025. There will be a break for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Plus, you will have a few weekends off (when you are not working)!

There are 7 Joshua staff members throughout the year. All of our staff have a passion and desire to walk alongside students as they learn who God is and how to live a life worthy of the Gospel. We can’t wait to meet you!

We thought you’d never ask. They are great! All JWI students live in the Joshua lodge and share a room with one other student. Living and doing life with others is a huge value here at Joshua! Every room has two beds, closet space, dressers, and a bathroom. Rooms on the top floor of the Joshua lodge all have large lofts.

A Covid-19 vaccine will not be required to attend the Joshua Wilderness Institute. However, we will be monitoring updated regulations locally and internationally. Because some of our trips are out of the country we must follow the guidelines set by those countries. If those countries change their vaccination requirements, it could mean that students would not be allowed entry without a vaccine. All this to say, we are encouraging but not mandating students to be fully vaccinated.

Our international trips will be to the Dominican Republic and Israel. Our domestic trips are subject to change, but in the past we have gone to Los Angeles, Mexico, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Fresno, Texas and more! Each year we evaluate our ministry goals and decide where our students will go and how we will serve.

Unless you want to be stuck at the LA airport…Yes! Because the entire Joshua class goes on trips overseas, you will need to have a current passport with at least 14 months left until expiration at the start of the program.

Applications for Joshua are on a rolling schedule. The sooner you apply, the greater chances you will have to enroll before we hit our capacity. We do have scholarship deadlines, which you can learn more about here!

Check out our financial page for the full cost breakdown and information about financial aid. 

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