DiscoveryBound’s Compass program is a one-year opportunity for Christian Science teens in high school, focused on spiritual exploration and connection with Christian Science peers.

Do you ever try to listen for God’s voice, but you’re not sure if you’re hearing it? Or do you love Christian Science and wish you could discuss it more with your peers? If so, join Compass!

What to Expect

  • Three in-person retreats in different locations around the country
  • Hour-long web hangouts once a month
  • Monthly themes to explore together

SAMPLEs of Teen-selected Topics

  • How to talk about CS
  • Body image
  • Relationships
  • Dealing with drugs & alcohol
  • Global issues
  • Effective prayer

Program Takeaways

  • Moral and spiritual compass
  • Great group of friends
  • Two awesome adult Guides ready to support you
  • Spiritual toolkit that will help you reach out to God and listen for guidance in return

What is Compass?


Should you register?

Compass spans one school year and is for Christian Science youth in 10th–12th grades. The registration period opens in April for the following school year and closes mid-August. Participants can reapply to attend multiple years, if desired. It’s a group of teens – like you – working together and exploring more about listening to God’s voice!

Meet the 2021-2022 DB Compass Guides

Jesse Dehnert
Hi, I’m Jesse! I am an Assistant Project Manager at a mechanical contractor in Seattle. I enjoy my time outside of work by mountain biking or skiing, and I love to spend time with my family (one grandmother, two parents, three siblings, two siblings-in-law, three nieces, and three nephews). I have a long-standing love for music which has been a great hobby over the last year in particular. I play violin, guitar, piano, and ukulele. I grew up going to Camp Bow-Isle and spent several summers there as a counselor as well. It was at Bow-Isle I first discovered my appreciation for working with kids, and that appreciation has only deepened with the addition of each niece and nephew to my life. I am excited to be a part of Compass because I think a lot about the choices that have shaped my life, and I want to help other people navigate their own lives. No two experiences are the same, but I know that what I have learned about my relationship with God can help you as you find your own way.

“Emerge gently from matter into Spirit.” Science and Health, p. 485:14

Rachel Richardson
Hello! I’m Rachel and I’m a professional ballet dancer with American Ballet Theater. Since our company is not currently performing full time, I’m living at home with my parents in Eugene, OR, but I’ve been living in NYC for the last seven years. I was raised in Christian Science and just began serving as second reader of my branch church in NYC after serving as a Sunday School teacher for the past few years. I’m enrolled in Fordham University and I’m loving my classes; I’m taking Computer Science, Theology, Anthropology and Philosophical Ethics right now (they’re all over zoom!). In my free time, I love taking dance classes of all styles and being outdoors, exploring and travelling. During the past year I’ve gotten more into running and biking and have had more opportunities to teach dance classes to all different ages. I attended or worked at Camp Bow Isle, a Christian Science summer camp, for the majority of my life, and I’m excited to be a part of Compass to continue spending time with, learning from and encouraging youth to live fearlessly in their practice of Christian Science.

One of my favorite things about Christian Science is the way it has taught me to think about the world and everyone in it. I’ve found that understanding life as spiritual, as a reflection of an all spiritual, omnipresent God, allows for a very unique sense of freedom, recognizing that all individuals are unlimited in their expression of good. The ideas I’ve been taught from the Bible and Science and Health, the textbook of Christian Science, have allowed me to experience countless physical healings during my career as a dancer, as well as bringing resolution and peace to relationships, mental struggles and challenging circumstances. These experiences have strengthened my trust in the foundational idea that God is good and is all-powerful.

Shepherd, show me how to go...I will listen for thy voice.
– Mary Baker Eddy

Are you currently a Christian Scientist entering the 8th grade or know someone who is? If so, you are invited to learn more about DiscoveryBound’s National Leadership Council program. If you’re interested in year-round teen, adult and family events, DiscoveryBound Outreach is for you!

Questions? See FAQs. You can also email or call 888.416.7348 x137

This program is generously underwritten by the Asher Student Foundation and other partners.