Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Compass: A Life Changing Summer Discipleship Experience for High Schoolers

Do you have a high school friend that is ready for the next step in their faith? This summer, they can do it in Iceland! 

COMPASS is a month-long adventure that trains students to live out their calling as a disciple of Christ. Compass students spend two weeks backpacking through the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York and studying theology with professors at Gordon College. Then they take the lessons they’ve learned to serve children and families with the Root Cellar in Portland, Maine or the Salvation Army in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Compass is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the student-leader you know is ready to be challenged. They will be pushed to step outside their comfort zone, whether that’s carrying a 50-lb. backpack up a mountain or wrestling with scripture. Through adventure, intense discipleship, and cross-cultural service, Compass equips students to return to their schools with a fresh vision of their role in God’s kingdom.

Most students participate in Compass following their junior year, but sophomore and senior applicants are also considered. Compass participants are nominated by their pastors, Young Life leaders, or teachers. In order to apply, students must also seek a mentor who will commit to mentoring them for three years following the completion of the summer program. This is a great opportunity for a Young Life leader to walk closely in a discipleship relationship with students.

The early-bird application deadline is January 31st. Now is the time to begin talking to folks you think may be interested.

Compass partners with Young Life leaders across the country to identify, mentor, and equip students to be servant-leaders who have a personal and deep faith in Christ. Since 2001, Compass has hosted over 470 students from 3 countries and 30 states. Many of these alumni are now pastors, teachers, administrators, missionaries, and Young Life staff.

Learn more about Compass on their website and recommend a student for the program with their online form. The 2019 Compass Program is from June 26- July 25. Compass students fundraise to support their trip. When you tell your students about Compass, it's helpful to share with them the highlight video from the Compass website. 

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