UPDATE: Living Compass takes off in Texas
Since we last wrote about Living Compass in EHF’s October Congregation Connection, interest in Living Compass has spread like wildfire across the diocese. From Tyler to Austin to Galveston, churches are beginning to implement Living Compass-based ministries in congregations and communities.
The Rev. Bob Flick has been working with EHF to help interested congregations use Living Compass resources in their communities. He trained 25 members from Christ Church and St. Francis in Tyler to facilitate wellness circles in their congregation and community. Grace Galveston is also offering Living Compass with its congregation and in the community in partnership with a local nonprofit organization. Flick also facilitated a six-week series with Grace Houston to help EHF assess the program.
On March 18, St. John’s La Porte hosted Living Compass founder, the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner for a Community Wellness Advocate training. In addition to 21 participants from St. John’s La Porte, 22 people representing eight additional congregations across the region attended. As newly-trained facilitators, they are now poised to offer Living Compass Wellness circles in each of their communities. On that visit, Rev. Stoner also met with Palmer Memorial leaders to help them think about how Living Compass could be used to create a community wellness center.
On April 1, The Rev. Stoner provided an orientation to Living Compass hosted by Good Shepherd on the Hill in Austin. The congregation intends to offer Living Compass wellness circles at local housing developments and community centers where they are development partnerships. Representatives from six other Austin-area congregations attended to learn more about Living Compass.
Living Compass resources are designed to support positive mental health practices and help build strength, and resilience in the areas of heart, soul, strength and mind. These are not new dimensions of wellness, they are ancient and Biblically rooted in both the Old and New Testaments calls to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind.” (Deuteronomy 6:5, Luke 10:27)
If you would like to learn more about Living Compass, we encourage you to reach out to one of the congregations mentioned above to learn about their experience. You can also contact EHF for additional information.