What does the program entail? How long does it last?
This is a work-study, discipleship program. The full program is 3 years, with each year lasting 8 months. See the full calendar here. The goal of Fairwood is for each student to:
- Develop a personal relationship with, and accountability to, the Lord Jesus Christ, leading to the knowledge of God.
- Gain a thorough knowledge of the Bible, together with an application of its principles to daily life, leading to the development of Christian character.
- Experience the joy of leading others to Jesus Christ, and go on to teach them further in the knowledge of God.
- Learn practical skills that make a person more able in everyday life.
Who is this program for?
Fairwood Bible Institute is intended for people who want to find Jesus real (and deepen their relationship with him), to experience growth and healing (through God’s unconditional love), and to learn to love and follow him as his disciple (growing further in discipleship).
Most of the students come after graduating from high school, some before preparing for college, some before obtaining jobs, and some before marriage or a career. Recent classes have had 10 to 15 students, whose ages range from 17 to 31, with most being in their early 20’s. Many are from New England or New York, but over the years students have come from many parts of the country.
Alumni go on to various activites– some into the work force in a variety of fields, some to start families, own businesses, and even become full-time missionaries. The focus of Fairwood is not to train people for specific life callings, but to help people grow into Christ so that no matter where they go, their feet will be planted firmly in the Truth.
Aspects of the program include:
Most days start with breakfast for the students and the on-call staff. Students and staff meet together on weekday mornings at 9 o’clock, where one of the teachers shares a topic from Scripture for edifying the Body. Afterwards, the students attend class, followed by lunch at noon, and then begin afternoon work. On Wednesday evenings, there are mid-week meetings, Friday evening is Sabbath meeting, and Saturday is free. On Sundays, we worship with the church community who meet at Fairwood Bible Chapel and break into small groups to pray for one another and discuss the message.
Another unique aspect of the Bible Institute community is that it is multi-generational. You have access to people and families who have walked with Jesus for most of their lives.
As a discipleship program, we believe it is essential to have mentors available to students. Thus, a staff mentor (men for men, and women for women) is assigned to each student to meet with on a weekly basis, developing a relationship which offers personal support and deeper edification.
Strong Foundation in The Word
We consider it a mission of the utmost importance to teach The Word in full, both Old Testament and New. Through devotions, classes, meetings and fellowship with one another, we learn about the heart of God and seek to know him better. We learn to wield the Word and to live it out with God’s power. Read more about courses here >>
Life & Vocational Skills
The men help in building maintenance, grounds keeping, vehicle repair, firewood cutting, and other practical tasks and chores. Women prepare the meals for students and on-duty staff, do housework, cleaning, food preservation, and cooperate in interior decorating and general upkeep. Sometimes there are changes and unique projects. For instance, last year, one of the staff men taught the women how to prepare and repaint an interior room.
As the most important element of the program, spiritual training in Bible Study, life application of Scripture, and principles of spiritual warfare are central. The students learn through the Bible classes, devotional meetings, and in many other ways what it means to live the victorious Christian life. They learn to exercise these principles through experience by applying them in their daily lives, expressing them in prayer meetings, and occasionally in leading devotional or prayer meetings.
Years in Operation
Full-time Students / Teachers for '16-'17
Number of Courses
Students who've studied at FBI
Certificates & Academic Standards
While the emphasis at the Institute is primarily spiritual, not academic, a grading system is used and grades are recorded. Transcripts are provided for those who request them. Transcripts are provided for those who request them. Upon satisfactory completion of each year’s program, students receive certificates of achievement. Graduates of the full three-year course receive special recognition and a diploma.
Fairwood is not academically accredited by a recognized board of accreditation. Its program is unique. Based on the application of Scripture to daily life, the objectives of the school are chiefly spiritual: God’s recognition, and development in hearts that most often cannot be measured by earthly standards. While there is an organized program, the Holy Spirit may at any time indicate changes “without notice,” a flexibility that would be lost with accreditation.