Symbols (and why we are called Compass Church)

Symbols help us to express truth…to understand and pass on concepts that are otherwise difficult to get a handle on. As we have considered the challenges of ministering in our post-modern world we have been drawn to the symbol of a compass.

 Leonard Sweet in his book AquaChurch raises the problem of trying to follow “maps” in a post-modern world. He observed, “You can’t consult maps in a world where the terra is no longer firma…Postmodern culture is unmappable on flat surfaces.” [1]

In the modern world things were grounded, solid. We could talk of blueprints and formulas and these gave us direction in ministry. In our post-modern world the metaphors and analogies have changed. We are not on firm ground, we are on the sea. Everything is fluid. To navigate at sea takes a new set of skills. We are in a sea of change - to know where we are and where we are going the map must be replaced by the compass. (or GPS)

 The question then is, “How will we navigate this sea of change?” “How will the church discern if it’s following Christ or just following the culture?

We have a compass

Again, we like the way Len Sweet has used this word picture...he says,

No navigator goes anywhere without a compass. No sailor would set out to sea without a compass. The compass is absolutely as essential as you can get. Without it, you can’t expect to get anywhere. Except lost...God has given spiritual navigators a compass: the Scriptures. The Scriptures point us to Christ. They enable us to locate the North Star. They are not Christ. They are not what we worship. But the compass points us to our life work- following Christ.” [2]

The compass of the Scriptures keeps us on course. On changing seas it keeps us from getting lost. It brings us back when we drift. The compass helps us to find the North Star. The Scriptures are the key instrument God has given the Church to navigate by. It points us to our life's work...

Below is a sample of how we have expressed this:

This life work of following Christ we are calling “worship as a life-style”.


We were created to worship God, the one who “made us to love us”. What was lost because of sin (relationship with God, peace, purpose) can be found again through faith in Jesus Christ. When Christ finds and rescues us from ourselves and restores relationship with Himself then our response is worship.


Worship is not a once a week activity it is a life-style. It is a life orientation towards God and godliness. A true worshipper is one whose focus has moved from pleasing self to pleasing Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 Our vision is to produce believers for whom worship is a lifestyle


If you are looking for a church where you will be challenged to worship Christ 24/7 then this might be the church for you!



[1] AquaChurch, Sweet, Leonard I., Group, Loveland, Colorado, 1999. pg. 18

[2] Sweet, pg. 54-55