Faith

What do we believe?

FarmHouse believes that there is a God, and that we should worship him. Brothers do not worship the same as one another, but we worship him together!

“Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.””

— Matthew 13:3-9 New International Version (NIV)

Ambition

Ambition is the unseen force which drives men to success, to rise above their environment and
to achieve the impossible. Have ambition which is content not only with making a satisfactory
record in college, but also seeks to render service to humanity through science and its
application. Strive to foster that ambition which leads a man ever onward in the belief that he
may somehow contribute to the betterment of mankind.

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

— Philippians 3:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

Reverence

"Reverence must be cultivated if we are to be true brothers.  Let us revere our God, our parents, and our brothers with whom we associate. Unless we cultivate such a reverence, we cannot learn the true joys of brotherhood, the foundation of a successful fraternity."

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,”

— Hebrews 12:28 New International Version (NIV)

Morality

 We must constantly work to learn better how our every act may affect ourselves and others. Genuine moral living involves intelligent love and esteem for our associates. Unless we possess strong affection for others, we cannot come to know that which is most worthwhile in making for the highest character in man. Every narrowing of love, every encroachment of egoism, every act of selfishness, means just so much blindness to that which is good and fine. Let good moral conduct cease to be a virtue and become an involuntary duty.

“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”

— Luke 8:15 New International Version (NIV)

Honesty

Honesty is fundamental to character; it is the basis for all worthwhile endeavor; for how can we believe
in one who is not strictly honest? In college we expect honesty in the classroom, on the athletic field, as
well as in every relationship between men. Throughout life, one of the greatest tributes that can be paid to a man is to have it said that he is honest.

“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”

— Ephesians 4:25 New International Version (NIV)

Obedience 

Obedience to God's principles is one of the bulwarks which gives stability to our Fraternity. Obey the
mandates of the chapter, the regulations of your school and country. In doing so, always obey the
teachings of the MASTER.

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”

— Ecclesiastes 12:13 New International Version (NIV)

Unity

Unity is fundamental to a successful fraternity. With unity a fraternity stands through times of stress as
though bound together with bands of steel. Without unity, failure results. See to it than that you, by hard work and unfailing sacrifice, help weave those individual threads of noble character that bind us together in an effective and worthwhile organization.

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”

— Psalm 133:1 New International Version (NIV)

Service

A loyal brother in FarmHouse must render service to his Fraternity and to his brothers if his Fraternity is
to grow and prosper. See to it that you render service to God; to your profession; to your fellowmen; to your country; and to your school all the days of your life. The very essence of successful living is based on the Christian ideal of service.

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

— Galatians 5:13 New International Version (NIV)

Excellence

A primary goal of our Fraternity is to excel in our profession. Maintain the high standards of excellence
as set forth by our Founders and the many members of our organization who have preceded us. The
basis for success is education. Education is the knowledge of how to use the whole of one's self. Strive, 
therefore, for the fullest development of knowledge in your profession; in the building of character; in
furthering high moral standards; the development of essential skills; and the furtherance of good health; 
so that no impediment may hinder your progress to the highest pinnacle of success in life.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

— Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)

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Our Commitment to Building Men: The Statement of Purpose 

FarmHouse is not just an institution; it is a spirit, it is a web of relationships, it is a way of living. WE are a band of men who want, more than most, to be our best selves; and we band together to gain and to give help in accomplishing this end. Our purpose, MAN-BUILDING, is not accomplished by forcing a man into some kind of mold or trap. Rather, it is accomplished by helping him to find his way out of molds and traps, including those of his own making.

Whatever contributes to the realization of a man's highest potential, we are for. And we believe our kind of brotherhood can make many such contributions. This is MAN-BUILDING.

Whatever prevents or reduces the realization of a man's highest potential, we are against. And we know that many kinds of association do prevent and reduce that realization. This is man-destroying, or man-demeaning.

BUILDING MEN is more than our motto; it is our single and ultimate purpose. That is why we see no place for hazing or humiliation. They seldom build; they always demean; they sometimes destroy. That is why we see no place for intoxicants. They never build; they usually demean; they sometimes destroy. That is why we resist conformity, limit ritualism, and maintain a cooperative but unencumbered relationship to other fraternities. That is why we take so seriously our central commitment to scholarship. That is why we acknowledge in all our chapter living that no one is the man he could be except as he gives himself fully and freely for his brothers and draws humbly and gratefully upon them in the fullest spirit of brotherhood. That is why we place such emphasis upon the qualities of faith, ambition, reverence, morality, honesty, obedience, unity, service, and excellence.

Men who come into this fellowship should find a soil that nourishes, and a climate that favors, the finest manhood that lies within each of them. Each is entitled to find help and each is obligated to give it."