Compass Groups

Language Learning

Language learning takes intentional time and practice. Missionaries often spend several years trying to learn how to communicate in a new context.

The joys and obstacles to communicating well in a new setting are explored in this COMPASS group.

The facilitated group process provides you with a forum to explore and discover with your peers, strategies for effective language learning. The group also provides ongoing support and encouragement to achieve your language learning goals.

“Why is it so difficult to communicate with my neighbors in their native language? I never imagined that learning a new language while trying to adapt to a new culture would be such a formidable challenge.”

Package: 6 x 90-minute sessions with a group of 6-8 plus a skilled coach to identify your language learning goals and support you through your language learning journey.
Normal Value: $900
Cost to you: $0

New groups starting every quarter

Language Learning

Effective Support Raising

A 2003 study conducted with 592 mission agencies representing more than 38,700 missionaries reveals that the single greatest reason most missionaries don’t remain on the field is because they aren’t able to sustain their support.

This COMPASS group provides a safe and supportive environment to have meaningful conversations about raising funds and developing strong relationships with sending churches and agencies.

The group will help you to develop a plan to raise the funding needed, and also offer the encouragement and accountability you need to implement your plan. If a lack of funding is your biggest challenge while serving overseas, this COMPASS group is here to help.

“The lack of financial support we receive each month is the main reason we are unable to stay on the mission field.”

Package: 6 x 90-minute sessions with a group of 4-8 plus a skilled coach to help you develop a strategy to raise the funding you and your ministry need, and support and keep you accountable as you work through the process of support-raising alongside others on the same journey. The group dynamic helps you know you are not alone and helps you learn from others’ successes and challenges.
Normal Value: $900
Cost to you: $0

New groups starting every 2 months

Effective Support Raising

Long-Distance Family Relationships

Despite the availability of online tools, maintaining meaningful long-distance family relationships is an ever-present challenge.

This COMPASS group is aimed at missionaries who want to successfully navigate ways to stay connected with family members while living overseas. The engaging conversations of the group will encourage you and inspire you to create action steps that you can take to narrow the relational gap between you and your family.

We invite you to join the conversation and move towards maintaining a connected family.

“As our family grows, I feel I am missing out on all the special memories that they are creating. I increasingly feel a pull to be part of family relationships, but it is so difficult to be connected when we are thousands of miles apart.”

Package: 6 x 90-minute sessions with a group of 6-8 plus a skilled coach to explore the challenges that you face with living far from your family, be it children at college, parents, or other extended family. You will also work through steps you can take to stay better connected and feel closer to your family.
Normal Value: $900
Cost to you: $0

New groups starting every quarter

Long-Distance Family Relationships

Leadership

Whether you have pushed to gain a position of leadership or leadership has been thrust upon you, we all can be better leaders. Leadership is both a skill and an art. Working with a coach this leadership group will look at each individual’s situation, and look at how to lead well where you are.

You will have a chance to hear from other leaders who may be in similar situations, as well as others that have walked a different path. Together you will be inspired, challenged, and learn to lead better.

  • Explore how to find your vision for those you lead.
  • Explore how to inspire others.
  • Explore how to use your time wisely for ministry.

Join this COMPASS group to learn from others and build a network that can help you be the best leader you can be.

Package: 8 x 90-minute sessions with a group of 6-8 other organizational leaders plus a skilled coach allowing your cohort to work through balancing life and leading your teams, celebrate your successes and understand your frustrations, and work through the best ways to lead a successful team in your context that also has a kingdom impact.
Normal Value: $1200
Cost to you: $0

New groups starting every quarter

Leadership

Thriving Cross-Culturally

Trying to navigate life in a new context where nothing is familiar and simple can be mentally exhausting. There are many challenges associated with living in a cross-cultural context. So many new tastes, sounds, and smells can become overwhelming. As an outsider, it can be a struggle to know whom to trust and where you belong, which impacts your ability to develop meaningful friendships

This COMPASS group offers you a non-judgmental place to explore and develop a plan for effectively managing cross-cultural stress. Guided by a skilled coach you will have significant conversations with peers who can relate to your cross-cultural experiences.

“Leaving a familiar setting and entering into a foreign context has left me feeling lost, confused, and unsettled.”

Package: 3 x 90-minute sessions with a group of 2-3 plus a skilled coach to identify challenges you are facing as you begin to work and live cross-culturally, identify your goals to thrive in this culture, and guide you through this transition.
Normal Value: $450
Cost to you: $0

New groups starting every 6 months

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Re-entry to your Home Culture

Reverse culture shock occurs when you return home after years of service in a different culture. The culture shock of returning home can often be more challenging than the culture shock of moving to an unfamiliar culture.

Adjusting back to your routine at home can be extremely difficult. Symptoms can range from boredom to isolation. How do you successfully bring closure to your service overseas and embrace the new opportunities in your home culture?

This COMPASS group is designed for you to join with others who are learning how to adapt to life after re-entry and discover together how you can thrive in your home culture.

“I was so excited about finally returning to my home country, but I was deeply shocked by how difficult it was to adjust back to life in my own culture.”

Package: 5 x 90-minute sessions with a group of 2-4 plus a skilled coach to identify fears, challenges, feelings of loss, and unexpected stressors that may arise with a return “home”. You will be guided through processing how you have been impacted by your return in order to best thrive back in your home culture.
Normal Value: $750
Cost to you: $0

New groups starting every 6 months

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