Fairwood's Discipleship Program

This is not a college.

But this could be the game changer you need.

We’re now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year here at Fairwood Bible Institute. Apply before May 1 and we will waive your application fee!
Either sign up for one year, immersing yourself in an environment saturated with people of faith and the Word of God, studying various topics such as apologetics to the harmony of the four Gospels, or choose to complete the three-year program and encounter God’s love and salvation from cover to cover.
It is not a college, but a work-study discipleship program designed for college-aged students to invest in Jesus as he invests in you. However, we do not limit the age of our applicants.
The work study drastically reduces room & board fees from the onset, while giving practical skills to each student.
There is no tuition for classes. That’s right, $0 for tuition. We believe in giving freely what we have received, and although the Bible is priceless, and discipleship comes at a different type of cost, we want everyone to discover the immeasurable riches and gains in Christ.
Come join us if you are seeking to solidify your faith in Jesus, inviting the Holy Spirit to work in your life, and forming a strong bond with God our Father.
Find out more at www.fairwoodbible.org and contact us with questions. We’d be glad to hear from you.

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


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.