What is The Teen Compass Faith & Wellness Notebook like and how could it be used?

This curriculum is based on the belief that teens are at a very crucial time in their lives and are making extremely important decisions. The church is in a unique position to support them and guide them as they begin to make more and more of these decisions on their own. It is also important that the Church be aware of the world these young people live in and meet them there so that they see the Church as a source of strength and guidance for the days ahead. The Teen Compass Faith & Wellness Notebook is an attempt to be a bridge that connects the world of modern young people and the teachings of the bible.

The Teen Compass is a curriculum that will help teens:

  • Make healthy choices caring for their body, mind, heart and soul.
  • See the Church as a resource for them when they are in need of help.
  • Reflect on whether they are comfortable with the decisions they are making in their lives.
  • Prepare for and better handle the many transitions that occur at this “coming of age” period of life.
  • Reduce and better manage the particular stresses that face them.
  • Have authentic conversations with others about what is going on in their daily life.
  • Strengthen their relationships with God, family, and friends.

This curriculum is lead by adults who with the students go through each of the eight areas of wellness in a three week unit, looking at their own wellness in each area, learning about what the Bible teaches us about each area, and committing to be more conscious of the decisions they make daily in their lives. All of this is grounded in the belief that our lives are gifts from God and the way we live them is our gift back to God. When our Faith is the compass we live by, we will have a better chance of having the abundant life God desires for us all. Creating an abundant life takes commitment and intentionality on our part, and there is no better time to start that than when one is young.

Who can become a Living Compass leader or facilitator?

Anyone who is comfortable running groups can be a facilitator. A Living Compass facilitator will be involved in helping to support folks as they seek to create a life of greater wellness. Anyone who can offer compassionate listening with sincere and gentle encouragement can fulfill this role. Living Compass is designed to provide a space to decipher what changes people want to make and then allowing time and space for them to discover how to make those changes. At the core, the Living Compass facilitator will help to create a space for participants to become the experts in creating their best life and to take concrete steps to make that a reality.

What happens at a Living Compass CWA training?

A Living Compass training is both a training and a wellness retreat experience. The best way to learn how to facilitate and use the Living Compass tools and programs is to experience some of them for one’s self. You will be introduced to and learn how to use a variety of wellness tools for adults, parents, and teens. Each tool can be adapted and customized to fit your local context. At the training you will also take time to assess the wellness needs and the wellness ministry opportunities both within your faith community and the wider community at large. You will be enriched by spending several days in community with others who are also passionate about integrating faith and wellness.

What training is needed to lead a Living Compass wellness circle?

It is advised that you attend a Community Wellness Advocate (CWA) training to be best prepared to facilitate a Living Compass wellness circle. No training is required as the facilitator manuals are created to be thorough enough that someone can use the materials without further training.