Fellowship & Community
Most days start with a meal together with the on-duty staff. The whole community meets together on weekday mornings at 9 o’clock, where one of the staff members shares a brief lesson from Scripture with a practical application, followed by an opportunity to pray together. Afterwards, the students attend Bible classes, followed by lunch at noon, and then join in the afternoon work projects, ending the day with a family-style supper, again shared with the on-duty staff. Throughout the week, various evening meetings and activities are scheduled, and Saturday is a free day. On Sundays, the students and staff worship with the church fellowship which meets on the Fairwood campus, and break into small groups to pray for one another and discuss the message. Another unique aspect of the Bible Institute is that it is multi-generational. Students are living in community with individuals and families who have walked with Jesus for most of their lives, and are fully invested in following Him.
Strong Foundation in The Word
Life & Vocational Skills
The men help in building maintenance, grounds-keeping, vehicle repair, cutting firewood, and other practical tasks and chores. The women are trained in preparing meals for students and on-duty staff, and assist in preparing the campus for guests, food preservation, and general housework and campus upkeep. In addition to the regular work, sometimes there are unique projects, such as learning how to prepare and repaint interior walls. Occasionally as part of the afternoon work schedule, men and women have vocational classes on a wide range of topics including everything from drywall repair and basic plumbing to baking bread and making cheese.
As the most important element of the program, spiritual training in Bible study, life application of Scripture, and principles of powerful and effective prayer 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 meetings or Bible studies.
Years in Operation
Full-time Students / Teachers for '17-'18
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. 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.