Brandon Beard is the Executive Pastor of Campus Ministry at Compass Christian Church, a multi-site church in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. A great lover of his native Seattle sports teams and all things Star Wars, Brandon is also passionate about seeing people connect in genuine Christian community. Six years ago, Compass began to implement the curriculum Rooted and the rest, you could say, is history. Mariners Church in Irvine, California may have been the first church in the US to develop Rooted, but Compass has proven it works outside of sunny, southern California.
Brandon, you served a thriving, growing church in Southern California and now you serve a thriving, growing church in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. You’ve served churches without a common curriculum, but your current church starts all new small groups with a set, core study. What is Rooted and why did you start using it?
Rooted is a 10-week discipleship experience that helps people connect with God, the Church, and their purpose. We implemented Rooted because we wanted to establish a more robust discipleship pathway and a more effective group launching system.
Since you have experience with and without a core curriculum, what have you found helpful through a common study?
Rooted gives us a consistent foundation to build a deeper and wider community at all five of our campuses. As a multisite church, having a common discipleship experience across all campuses helps us infuse our Compass DNA into those who are new and people who have a desire to get more connected. We do our Rooted Celebration at the end of each session all together. The celebration is an exciting and unifying moment for all of our campuses.
When this idea was first presented to your church, ...