“Let all things be done decently and in order.”
—1 Corinthians 14:40
In order to operate an institution in a godly and orderly manner the following understandings are expected to be followed:
To Find Jesus Real (and deepen my relationship with Him)
To develop a private devotional life.
To attend and engage in meetings and classes(unless there is sickness or extenuating circumstances).
To seek out behavior that connects with the presence of Jesus.
(I will not engage in pornography, unchastity, or the use of recreational drugs, alcoholic beverages, or tobacco in any form.)
To not expose myself to media (music, books, websites, videos, computer games, etc.) that is contrary to Jesus’ character or God’s Word.
To Experience Growth & Healing (through God’s unconditional love)
To be honest with my assigned mentor and fully engage with the mentoring process.
To Learn to Love and Follow Jesus as His Disciple (in order to grow in discipleship)
To seek to live the Bible and align my life with it.
To honor spiritual authority by cooperating with the Fairwood staff, or those they delegate.
To show love to others by living by the Golden Rule.
A Vision for Discipleship
The staff at Fairwood Bible Institute is committed to engaging all students in a discipleship program with the following three emphases for the 2018-2019 year.
1. CONNECT — We encourage all students to develop meaningful relationships with their peers, their mentors, and the larger community. Above all, we desire that students make a deep, life-changing connection with God Himself. We desire that students will see more of God’s heart, for the more we see Him, the more we are changed into His image. (II Corinthians 3:18).
2. GROW — We encourage all students to develop a passionate hunger for the Word of God that not only infuses regular classes, but also motivates individual Bible study. We are seeking to impart both the desire for Bible study, as well as the tools to effectively mine the treasures of God’s Word.
3. SERVE — We encourage all students to serve one another as well as the larger Body of Christ with the gifts and talents that God has provided each one. We will create time and opportunity for each student to experience the joy of giving in accordance with God’s design for his church (II Corinthians 12).
Students are free to go to any staff member for counsel at any time. In addition, a primary staff mentor will be assigned who will meet with students regularly to confer and pray together over their Christian walk. The mentor may give individualized guidelines to assist the student to develop the necessary disciplines to prosper in spiritual growth, or experience healing.
Fairwood operates on a faith basis. Both staff and students are expected to pray regularly for the supply of daily needs to keep the school running. As special needs come up, “prayer battles” will be launched and all are expected to take part. Voluntary contributions may be made as the Lord leads each individual heart.
Men will be out of the Main House by 9:00 p.m. Men and women will be in their respective dorms by 10:30 p.m. except 11:30 PM on Friday nights.
Music, Movies & Video Games
Music played which is audible to others needs to be approved by the Dean of Students. Movies need to be approved by duty staff before watching. Video games are allowed during free time but will be turned off by 10:30 p.m. each night.
Internet communications are available in the press room or office computers where assignments or academic research should take priority. Wireless signals will only be accessed in public areas unless your mentor gives an exception. Wireless signals are turned off at night.
Students may not bring cell phones or electronic devices to meetings and classes except by permission of the teacher. During work time, cell phone use is limited to quick or work-related issues.
Earbuds are not used when driving, using power tools, or if the work supervisor requests.
Since Fairwood Bible Institute maintains a work study program, all students will cooperate in the work assignments they are given. There is an obligation to help with the work at Fairwood for four weeks each year during the summer when school is not in session. This applies only to the summers after the first two years of study. The work obligation must be completed before the beginning of a student’s senior year to fulfill graduation requirements. A $500.00 donation may be substituted for each week of work owed.
Work Meetings for Students
Work meetings are held as announced.
Students will be on time and come dressed for work.
are designated for Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00, and Saturday evenings from 7:00-7:55. In order to keep Bible Study a priority, quiet will be observed during these designated study times. Acceptable study time activities are class assignments, Bible study, reading, or watching a video from the Fairwood library. Other quiet activities may be granted by teachers or duty staff.
Shirts should have sleeves. Women are expected to wear knee length dresses or skirts, although long loose-fitting shorts may be worn for sports or outdoor work. Men are expected to wear dress pants or black jeans to Sunday services and convention services. Blue jeans may be worn to 9:00 chapel services and classes. Shorts are not appropriate for meetings or classes, but may be worn for sports, work, or free time.
All co-ed activities require staff supervision or approval. Students will not pursue romantic relationships unless given special permission. Conversations between men and women are conducted in public. Men and women will not socialize outdoors after sundown or have physical contact. Co-ed socializing during afternoon work time is not permitted, unless students are engaged in a co-ed work project.
All academic work must be made up to complete each course. Certificates will be awarded only when all courses and academic requirements are complete.
Every effort should be made to avoid absences from the program. However, should a planned absence be deemed necessary by both student and staff, equal time make-up is required for any such absence (This does not include sickness, emergencies or urgent needs). If more than 25% of classes in any course is missed for sickness, emergencies or urgent needs, the complete course may need to be made up through an alternate method, determined by the teacher. Maximum make-up time permitted for those circumstances is 6 weeks and must be completed before the start of the following school year. Three days for college visits or military interviews is allowed, with only academic make-up assigned by the teacher.
Students may have vehicles, but need to check with a staff member before operating their car, motorcycle, or other vehicle at Fairwood or to drive off campus.
Free weekends are scheduled throughout the year. The campus is closed to students at these times, except by special permission. Students who need to return early from free weekends (or vacations) must receive prior permission by the staff.
Medical trips to the dentist or doctor will be provided, as well as travel to make necessary connections at airports, bus and train stations. Students will pay for gas. A $30 surcharge applies to any trips between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Food is available only at mealtimes. Between meals, students may help themselves to bread and peanut butter. Students should not help themselves to food in the cooler or refrigerator. If students skip a meal, the student is responsible to find out about any announcements and to carry out any responsibilities for meal clean-up. On weekends, breakfasts will be served pick-up style. Men will use the kitchen for personal cooking only after checking with the staff.
Fees and Deposits
A yearly Room and Board fee for all students will be due at registration, with scholarships available upon request. The fee for members is $1,500 if paying by the year, $825 if paying by the semester, and $225 if paying by the month. The fee for non-members is $2,750 if paying by the year, $1,450 if paying by the semester, and $375 if paying by the month.
All students must commit to one of the three payment options by the end of orientation week. Students must have paid the entirety of the room and board fee before a certificate of completion will be granted at graduation.
All students will pay a non-refundable Activity and Special Equipment fee ($75) and an Internet fee ($50), due at orientation. At the same time they will also make a book deposit ($75) and a general deposit ($50) for room and tool damages or miscellaneous expenses. This deposit will be used as needed through the year; the balance will be refunded after graduation or written notification of withdrawal, upon confirmation that all bills are paid, dorm rooms are cleaned, and summer work is completed. To cover additional electric usage, non-essential appliances have yearly fees.
If a student chooses to terminate his attendance at Fairwood Bible Institute, whether during the school year or during the summer, a letter of withdrawal should be submitted to the Director of Admissions stating when and why. Failure to submit such a letter before the start of the next school year will mean that the student forfeits all deposits. Students who withdraw early during the year may receive the unpaid balance of the room and board fee on a pro-rated basis.
Staff Notices and Discipline
If there appears to be a clear, purposeful breaking of Scripture or an excessive amount of staff concerns, the staff member will talk with the student. If that does not effect a change, they will bring the matter to Dan Murray and Bob Adams, who comprise the school administration. If that does not resolve the issue, it will be taken to the full staff and if needed, parents will be notified and, if necessary, the student will be suspended or expelled. Expelled students will forfeit all previously paid fees and deposits.