Who?

Compass Foundation is a not-for-profit, faith-formation ministry committed to strengthening the inner lives of student leaders, teachers, and ministry leaders.

We are a community of creators, restorers, thinkers and learners:
Grounded in the truth of the Bible  –  Growing in the character of Christ  –  Committed to the local church.

Rod Thompson

Board

Mark Ryan

Board

Graham Stanton

Faculty

Matthew Stackhouse

Faculty

Andrew Starr

Faculty

Jeff Nagle (CEO)

Staff

What?

Compass exists in response to two emerging issues

  1. the movement of young adult Christians away from faith in their late secondary years and not returning.
  2. the wellbeing of Christian teachers and leaders in the face of increasing complexity and even trauma.

Somewhere between half and three-quarters of school-leavers who have grown up in the Church do not profess faith by the time they enter the workforce.

Less than 30% of leaders finish well. Seven out of ten have their influence compromised by issues of character. Nearly three quarters of all teachers are considering leaving their profession.

A quarter of Australian teachers have considered leaving the profession in the last three months.

These issues, we believe, are matters of formation… so…

Compass hosts places of intensive formation where God’s vision for life is explored

More than teaching Christian worldview, Compass seeks to create environments that encourage a maturing embodiment of the gospel of the Kingdom. Environments where we might ‘be transformed by the renewing of our minds,’ as the apostle Paul would describe.

This renewing demands that we interrogate the operative stories in our hearts. Those stories that shape our vision of what life is all about. Those stories that give meaning to our daily activity, that suggest possibility and define understanding.

These heart-stories come to us in the form of culture, relationships and experience, and while not always explicit, it is in these stories that we find identity, purpose, passion, reason, love and desire.
We believe, THE BIBLE IS THIS KIND OF STORY

It is a story that finds both its end and beginning in a King and His Kingdom. It is a story that engages the deepest questions of life: Who amI? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do? How am I to live?
THE GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM of GOD IS THE STORY WITH A VISION FOR ALL OF LIFE

By hosting places of intensive formation Compass aims to encourage believers of influence to:

  1. Ground their self-leadership in the full arc of scripture
  2. Participate in God’s project of renewal in all of life’s domains, and
  3. Lead just lives, marked by the sovereign order of relations between God, people and all creation

Why?

At Compass, we talk about being both ‘oriented’ and ‘grounded’. Grounded in the truth of who God is and who He says we are. Oriented toward His vision for life and creation.

Oriented (Compass) and grounded (Foundation), pretty cool hey!

This vision for life is found in the story about a loving God who has gone to incredible lengths to restore relationship between himself and his creation. The word the Bible uses to describe the restoration of relationships is ‘justice’. Fully conceived, justice is the hinge upon which all of scripture swings. It is much, much bigger than our modern ideas of fairness, compensation, legal proceedings or revenge.

According to the Old Testament prophets, justice is “the right ordering of relations between God, people and things”. Literally, it is the order of the Kingdom.

A just ordering of life and relationships demands that our hearts be shapef by the greatest story of all. That our identity and vocation be grounded in the image and mission of God, shaped by His character and oriented toward His vision.

Our vision for life then, is the Just Life

The Compass logo captures the essence of a just life.
The symbol is an interpretation of the Hebrew letter tsade (צ), the first letter of tsedeq, which we render as both justice and righteousness. Tsade itself means journey, chase after, people of righteousness. The colour orange is the colour of life and youth. It’s a powerful image!