The Program

Fairwood offers a work-study, discipleship program that lasts 8 months out of the year from September to May for up to 3 years.

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 ranged 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. And it is on this basis that we launch Cornerstone, a Gap Year experience.

 New for 2018-2019: Cornerstone

Gap Year programs are increasingly becoming a popular choice for college-bound students desiring a year of growth and experience after finishing high school. Fairwood invites such students to get a solid grounding in the Word of God before entering a four-year college program. Please note that our program is not just for college-bound students; there is no age cap. We offer spiritually hungry students with ample opportunities for spiritual growth. For students interested in the full 3-year program, the Gap Year will double as the first year. See the courses offered below. 

Gap Year Curriculum Our world is saturated with competing truth claims. It is necessary to explore our faith and seek to know who God really is and articulate the heart of Christianity to ourselves and to others in Spirit-filled words and actions.  With the Holy Spirit’s guidance and power, these essential courses strive to accomplish this for each student.

Bible History and Overview

In this class, we undertake the history of the Bible and learn to utilize tools such as E-Sword and Strong’s Concordance to deepen our exploration of Scripture.

Harmony of the Four Gospels

We delve into this profound study of the Gospels as we encounter Jesus, his ministry and his heart together.


Paul's Life and Letters

Reading the book of Acts and the Pauline Epistles, we study Apostle Paul from his miraculous conversion to his God-powered ministry.

NEW! Worldviews

John Stonestreet once said, “Ideas have consequences. Bad ideas have victims.” In this class, we navigate and compare popular worldviews such as Post-modernism, Marxism, New Spirituality, etc, and measure them against a Biblical worldview. Connect with Jesus and his Truth in an exciting and relevant way.



Using reason and evidence, we sharpen our grasp of important topics such as the existence of God, the evidence for Christ’s Resurrection, and proof of Biblical reliability, so that we can communicate and defend our faith in a respectful and effective way.

Israel Studies

This class is not simply geography, but a thorough familiarization with God’s beloved land in its natural history, terrain, economic base, present condition as the restored Land of Beulah, and its future in prophecy.

Supplemental Courses from Old and New Testaments

On a rotating basis. For 2018-19, the list is likely to include:

  • Introduction to Creation Science
  • The Life of David
  • Writings of Solomon
  • Revelation
  • Ezekiel & Jeremiah
  • Post-captivity Writings: the Prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, and the contemporaneous histories Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

Israel Trip

In addition, Gap Year students may expect a trip to Israel every spring, as world events and staffing availability dictate. The visit will enable students to see the ground where Biblical events took place and study under highly trained guides. There will be additional travel expenses for those wishing to take advantage of this option.

Classes are only a part of student life. Other aspects of our program: 

Fellowship & Community
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.
One-on-One Mentoring
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.
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.
Spiritual Training
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 '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.

Re: Accreditation

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.

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