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“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

What is the Compass Initiative?

The Compass Initiative is a project that has its roots in the Pathfinder program of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. It is an experimental Sabbath School program geared toward youth ages 14-21, and is designed to combine the fun and educational experience of Pathfinders with the vitally important aspect of Bible study.

In a world filled with an over-abundance of entertainment and which actively stands against the church and biblical teachings, youth ministry has become something of a challenge. The core intent of the Compass Initiative Sabbath School program is to re-engage our youth in both the Bible and the church and to equip them with skills that will help them succeed both spiritually and in the world around them.

What will this program look like?

The Compass Initiative program is designed to follow the SDA quarterly system, with each installment covering a 13-day period and a particular category topic.

At least half of the Sabbath School material is taken from the Pathfinder Investiture Achievement program (Friend-Guide levels) and honors requirements. It will include a memory verse, a subject to be taught, discussion guides for each day’s topic to get the students involved, and a topic-related, Bible-based game to play in the last portion of class.

What do you plan to accomplish with the Compass Initiative?

Ideally, we will be able to do several things with this program:

  • Re-engage our youth: The ideal is to equip and inspire our youth to be leaders for Christ no matter where they go.
  • Accelerate IA completion: By teaching aspects of the Investiture Achievement curriculum in the Sabbath School classroom, it is hoped that this will allow more students, especially those involved in the Pathfinder program, to finish out their class levels and be invested.
  • Earn honors: By teaching honors in conjunction with the Bible lessons, students can learn life skills and connect those life skills with biblical teachings, all while having the satisfaction of being able to add honors to their Pathfinder sashes.
  • Encourage spiritual development: Without the Scriptures and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the church itself is meaningless. With this program, it is hoped that the students will leave the classroom with a better understanding of who Christ is and the importance of studying the Scriptures.

Where are you at in the development process?

Currently, we are in the very beginning stages of the program. As we write the lessons, I will post the content here.

“Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” – Deuteronomy 32:2 


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