The heart of the staff at Kauai Bible College (KBC) in regards to the aforementioned guidelines is for all the students to grow in their ability to discern between right and wrong for themselves and draw closer to Jesus as they grow in personal holiness and self-discipline. However, what one person believes to be right will sometimes conflict with some of those who are around them. Because of these differences, this school is viewed as a house under the stewardship of the staff. Each of the staff’s job descriptions incorporate a certain level of accountability to maintain a godly atmosphere on the campus as well as maintaining the physical campus itself. This is accomplished by setting the example in living up to and exceeding our own standards as well as directing, correcting, and disciplining the students towards those standards, just as a parent would direct/discipline their children in accordance with their own standards (note: students are not considered children here, nor will they be initially treated as such unless they provide a need to be).
The intention of these rules is not to exert control over the students. They have been developed over the course of the school’s existence and are a direct result of past mistakes and victories, as well as biblical wisdom and much council. Each student is therefore encouraged to allow their hearts to be examined by themselves and God for any rebelliousness or sinfulness before they judge the school or its rules to be wrong. Discipline can be hard to endure, but remember the promise of Hebrews: “for the moment, all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11).” In all reality, everyone has been under some type of authority since birth. Therefore, it is the school’s wish that the students not rebel against the authority of its staff merely because it differs from what they are used to or their own concept of discipline. They are instead encouraged to grow in wisdom and maturity by submitting to the regulations put forth for the season they attend KBC.
Finally, let it be understood that the KBC staff are humans too and by no means infallible. If there is a question or concern about KBC’s policies, we encourage mature discussion of them. However, be mindful that the school still has the authority to decide the guidelines for the campus.
(Note: the following does not apply to off-campus students while they are off-campus, but they do when they are on campus.)
Campus (Vision: show love and respect for everyone here)
-Dress modestly (modestly is not necessarily about what you wear, but about humbly counting those around you more significant than yourself, which means doing everything you can reasonably do to avoid being a stumbling block).
-Guys may be shirtless down at camp, But only if there are no girls around.
-Be fully clothed when going to and from the shower house. No shorts, no shirt, no shower. Towels are not sufficient.
-Guys in guys’ tents, girls in girls’ tents. No exceptions.
-Cell phones can be charged at the charging station, but chargers should not be left there when not in use.
-At night, there are several times that are important to know.
- 9pm is when musical instruments must be unused and silent.
- 9:30pm is quiet time. Everyone must be in their own camp or in the study tents, cars are not to be driven through camp, and noise level must be at quiet, including in the study tents because sound travels very well). It is ok to be chivalrous and walk a girl/girls to girls camp.
- 11pm is when the front gate will be locked. You will know the combination.
-You are allowed to sleep overnight away from camp only on the weekends. Exceptions can be made by staff for heavy rain and other extreme circumstances, but students must return for classes and M1s.
Tents (Vision: the tents continue to outlast their life expectancy in good condition)
-The tents are fragile — be careful (be gentle with the zippers/flaps, don’t lean things on the tent from the outside inside, or on top of the tents).
-It’s hard to clean things here, so don’t get them dirty (remove shoes/slippers and wash dirty feet and sand off body before entering tents as well as any objects entering tents).
-Keep tent tidy (this means clothes/belongings put away and organized).
-There’s a lot of rain and humidity here, so things get moldy easily (hint: you can help prevent this by keeping your windows zipped up when it rains or if you’re going to leave for an extended period of time).
-Clean and vacuum tent once a week, every week.
-No walking on boards in-between tents.
-No peeing off of decks except during acceptable conditions.
Bathroom (Vision: your mom would (and might) use it without shrieking in disgust)
-Because our bathrooms are portable toilets, they work best if as much non-human waste is kept out of the toilet as possible. There’s a trash for the rest.
-Flush. They might not be space-age lavatories, but the basic idea is the same(when flushing with the hose, make sure the toilet seat is up).
-If you replace the toilet paper, put it in the dispenser, not just on top of it.
-Don’t leave the hose on the floor, there’s a place for it. Put it back.
Shower House (Vision: the shower room is clean and ready to use at all times)
-You’re assigned a spot to store shower specific items. Everything else must be brought in and taken out every time (this means your clothes/towel).
-Showers should be clear of all items when not in use. Hence your own spot. Girls shower house: take your shoes off before entering.
-Trash goes in the trash can. If there isn’t a bag, put one in or don’t put trash in.
-Clean up what you make dirty. This includes cleaning up after you shave.
-Stealing is a sin; the cleaning supplies of other people are not to be used without permission from that person. Borrowing is ok, so just ask.
Food/Kitchen (Vision: the kitchen is clean and ready to cook in at any time)
-Food in tents is inadvisable but permissible as long as it’s sealed well — zip-lock bags are good, but ants and cats will get into even those eventually.
-The refrigerator and freezer run on propane which is very expensive on Kaua’i, so no personal items will be stored in them unless given special permission.
-The stove also runs on propane, so it also will not be used for personal use.
-The refrigerator, freezer, and stove cannot be opened/used except when it is time to cook by those who are cooking. Exceptions can be made if necessary.
-We are able, willing, and accustomed to accommodating students with various food allergies and restrictions — please inform us of your needs and we will do our best to work with you. We’ve had plenty success in this area so far.
-When you eat, you are responsible for cleaning up everything that you use.
-Cooks should be the only ones in the kitchen when cooking ― that means if you’re not assigned to be cooking, you’re not to be in the kitchen.
-Guys must have their shirts on while they are cooking period.
Storage (Vision: keep camp visually clean/don’t gain new junk)
-Bikes are to be stored overnight in the House of Pain.
-Surfboards are to be stored under decks or in tents as long as they are cleaned beforehand and aren’t leaning on or damaging the tents.
-Any vehicles acquired cannot be left after the semester ends unless the bed deposit for the next semester has already been paid.
Church Property (Vision: to recognize that we are stewards, not owners)
-If you see trash anywhere on the property, please throw it away.
-For safety and because our roads are made of gravel/dirt, we have a 10mph speed limit. This helps keep dust down.
-Vehicles are to be parked in the parking lot, not in front of tents.
-If you break something, it’s best to tell a staff member immediately.
-Having internet and power in the study tents is a privilege that can be revoked.
-The electrical systems on the property are not to be touched at all by students.
-Church cabinets and refrigerators are not ours and are not to be opened.
-Take off shoes before walking on the church stage or into the cry room.
-The Church office is not a hang out spot. Students are permitted to go into the office if they are working with Malie, or need to talk to one of the staff members. If you have any questions about anything, talk with the Deans before going in and talking with Curtis.
Campus Relationships (Vision: that we live communally as the family of God)
-All speech should be loving, edifying, and with a preference for others.
- Gossip (defined as a truth that you don’t have the right to tell that is not edifying to the person it’s about) is a sin and should be stopped at all levels.
- Slander or defaming someone’s character is a sin and won’t be tolerated.
- Insensitive/vulgar language/joking is not preferring others, so it’s not good.
-Matthew 18 is our playbook for the situation when someone sins against us. If you follow the steps, then you should talk to the offender alone before bringing in witnesses, and finally before going to leadership. Conflict resolution is an important area of growth and one necessary if we’re going to live as a family.
-Respect other people and their property; if you’re unsure how to treat their stuff or want to know if you can borrow something, just ask them.
-Bible college can be a fantastic place to meet your future spouse. Here’s some things to keep in mind:
- Don’t lead anyone on. Be aware of your interaction with others and if you feel someone is starting to develop feelings that you don’t reciprocate, be forward and let them know. Better sooner than later.
- If someone has expressed no interest in anything romantic with you (whether they are in another relationship or not), cease pursuing them. If you pursue after they have said no, it could be seen as harassment.
- Boundaries are important, both for the other person’s safety, reputation, and spiritual walk as well as yours. If you’re not sure where to place boundaries, talk to those more mature and in leadership. Chances are good that we’ve been in the same boat and our desire is that you are spared our mistakes and that God is glorified in everything. This obviously includes romantic relationships, but also friendships — they need boundaries too.
- If you have made a romantic connection, be wise in boundaries and perceptions. Be above reproach, which includes being out in the open and not isolated in dark areas, not touching each other inappropriately and even being extra careful with any touch, not talking/texting late at night or all night long, etc. As the Holy Spirit leads, the staff reserves the right to confront you with any suspicions we may have. No guys and girl should be working alone with one another late at night.
- Don’t stumble anyone by sitting on each other’s laps, pushing physical boundaries, laying next to each other in the dark, etc. Be wise and prudent.
-Guard against favoritism and cliques — it’s of course ok to be closer to some than others, but try to get to know and show love to everyone.
-The staff is here to be an example for you to follow and a helper in your efforts to mature in Christ. We are not overlords over you, wielding authority like a weapon, using fear to keep the students in line. We are brothers and sisters in the family of God, but even in the Trinity there was hierarchy as Jesus submitted Himself to the Father.
- For this reason, please respect the position the staff has been put into by the godly authorities above them and ultimately God. That includes the decisions leaders make individually and collaboratively.
-The staff will not always be available, as we need times of refreshment so that when we are accessible, we can more effectively be of service to you.
Off-Campus Interaction (Vision: to live the biblical truths being learned in the world)
-Because we live in tents and our church body is exceptionally gracious, we have what is called a Hanai program, wherein Bible college students are “adopted” by church families in order to provide such luxuries as warm showers, internet, laundry facilities, a home cooked meal, and an interim family. These are privileges, not rights, and should be considered so. This means expressing many thanks for the generosity of the family that has adopted you, respecting what they have offered, seeking friendship with someone because of who they are and not in order to use them for the blessings they might bestow on you, etc.
-Please be in prayer for the church, which will quickly take you in. Love the people in the church, serve the church body, and seek wisdom from members.
-Respect the church. We are guests on their property and in their body. They will take you in like you were there for years, so repay them in respect.
-Please be a bright light and strong witness to the secular community. When you are off the campus, be in missionary mode, expecting to run into non-believers and to be used by God. Easy ways to do this are to buy drinks when you use the internet at coffee shops, leave good tips when you eat at restaurants, be modest in dress and expression of relationships, clean up after yourselves, etc. Remember the Bible College has a reputation around the Island, what you do and how you act affects our relationship with the Island in the future. Leave a good impression for the Bible College so we may continue to shine the Light of Christ in the community years to come.
-Please witness to people in the community, but be careful to tell them where we live. We don’t want our specific location to be too widely known.
-Trespassing hotels/resorts/condominium complexes to get to the pool/hot tub is illegal and a bad witness.
-Kaua’i is home to many interesting adventurers, and while most are sources of good conversation and not threats, it is important to be discerning and aware of drug addicts and the unstable. Make sure you are with at least one other person and people know where you are.
-Hawai’ians also have a lot of pride, and some don’t take too kindly to haoles (white non-islanders), but if you just show them respect, nothing will happen.
-If you surf, you need to follow the cultural rules. In short: show them respect.
-All vehicles must be owned and operated legally.
Entertainment (Vision: that this be a season of separation from secondary things)
-Music is a gift from God, and we encourage creativity. However, people need to sleep, so instruments are allowed to be played in camp from 9am till 9pm.
-For this season of holiness, we ask that no movies with sexually explicit, excessive vulgar language, inappropriate themes, or an R-rating be watched on campus. This is not to say that all R-rated movies are sinful and everything else is fine, but we desire to see students use this season of holiness and separation from the world to focus on God and not be distracted even by things that aren’t necessarily sinful, but aren’t helpful in your walk with Christ. This is also a chance to grow in discernment in what is edifying to you and this family and obey your conscience. This is an area you can be a leader among students in.
-We ask that movies not be played in tents during the week (YouTube/Vimeo/etc. is ok in moderation).
-Pornographic/vulgar reading material is not allowed, both visually and contextually. That means no romance novels.
-As a small effort toward accountability, every computer must have X3watch installed before internet access will be allowed (a free internet activity reporting program — it doesn’t filter, only reports where you’ve been).
-Appropriate video games are allowed, but they can’t consume all your time.
Grounds for Dismissal
We are not interested in dismissing anyone from Kaua’i Bible College, but there are some who prefer sin, idolatry and unrepentants to humbling themselves before God and those whom He has put over them for this season in order to mature in Christ and grow in holiness, righteousness, humility and Christ-likeness. For these, we do not wish to punish them by separating them requesting that they separate themselves from us, but we do it for their good and the good of the rest of the Bible college. These are the offenses that warrant dismissal from KBC.
-Drug use of any kind without a prescription (including illegal drugs, alcohol, legal drugs that you don’t have a prescription to take, and cigarettes).
-Breaking the local, state or federal laws.
-Sexual immorality of any kind with either students or non-students.
-Violence or threat of violence toward other students, the staff, or anyone.
-Misuse/threats with weapons (machetes, BB, pellet guns, etc.).
-Unrepentance (i.e., open rebellion with no intention to change or be humble).
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