Setting The Course

Program Overview

Compass is designed to train up the head, heart and hands of our students and to equip them for the challenges they will face in life. Over the course of this 9-month program, students will learn discipleship through the following methodology:
• Study
• Service
• Skills
• Sabbath
• Safari

Study

There is nothing more important than God’s Word.  Through formal lectures, socratic discussion, and group projects, students will be equipped to winsomely respond to the questions of skeptics and believers alike with the truth of Jesus Christ. But this intellectual pursuit is not for mere ivory tower consumption. This cultivation will result in our students living a beautiful life before God and demonstrating goodness to their fellow man.  Some of the courses your student will take include:

Hermeneutics
Old Testament Survey / New Testament Survey
Worldview Training and Apologetics
Systematic Theology
Christ and Culture

 

 

SERVICE

Servant leadership is a Christian philosophy that puts forth the idea that for one to lead, one must learn to serve. Compass values this kind of leadership. Therefore we are highly committed to a modality of incarnational service, leadership theory, and hands-on learning that equips our students towards excellence, distinctiveness, and accountability in service to others. In addition to learning the philosophy and theology behind servant leadership, our students will also work to achieve this goal through a number of different service opportunities. They include:

Serving in a local church
Camp/Retreat Ministry
Cho Yeh Road Crew
Mercy Ministry
Compass Deaconate Projects

SKILLS

Many of the classes and instruction that our Compass students will receive moves beyond the theoretical and philosophical and involves the day-to-day practical. These courses will vary from year to year but there are some basic ‘life skill’ classes that we believe every student should learn while enrolled with Compass. They include:

Basic Car Maintenance
Cooking
Resume Building
Conflict Resolution Training
Hospitality and Event Planning
Public Speaking
Budgeting and Finances

SABBATH

Sabbath rest is more than just a day off. It is a declaration that we are not to be enslaved to our work. Sabbath rest is so important that the Bible literally commands that we rest (4th Commandment). Therefore rest is an integral rhythm to our Compass program. Students will be given Sundays off to worship in a local church, reflect on the past week and prepare the body, mind, and soul for the week ahead. In addition, our program also takes time off at the following times:

Thanksgiving
Christmas

SAFARI

The word ‘safari’ means:  an expedition to observe. If our students are to be equipped to engage their world, then they must experience and observe their world. Travel opens you up to new experiences, new people, and different cultures.  For our students, ‘safari’ is where community is forged and learning becomes living.  Trips change from year to year, but Compass students will experience a combination of the following:

Wilderness Excursions
Missional Travel
Weekly Field Trips
Traveling Abroad
Cross Country Road Trips

Compass Gap Year Program

Would you like more information about our Gap Year Program?