The Program

Fairwood offers a work-study, discipleship program that lasts 8 months out of the year from September to May for up to three 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 becoming an increasingly 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 college program. Please note that our program is not just for college-bound students and there is no age cap. We offer spiritually hungry students ample opportunities for spiritual growth.

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.

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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.

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Apologetics


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 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.  

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, 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. 

Spiritual Training

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

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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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