WAYFINDERS in the Episcopal Church
What adventure is God calling you on next?
In Wayfinders, you’ll join me on a discernment retreat with 4 or 5 fellow parishioners, to ask “God, where are you calling me next?”
You’ll be taking a careful look at your gifts, at any dreams you have kicking around, and at your circumstances – what can you take on right now?
From that discernment, you’ll each choose a goal, some change (big or small) to make.
Then you and your teammates will stick together for 8 follow up action meetings, helping each other bring those faithful goals to life.
Wayfinders is practical, down to earth, and builds deep fellowship among teammates.
Extra bonus? It’s FUN. There is a lot of laughter on Wayfinders teams!
“Darreby is truly skilled with facilitating and teaching this work. It is transformative beyond belief.”
Is Wayfinders for me?
Wayfinders is for anyone who feels it would be valuable to take a deep breath, look carefully at their own gifts and circumstances, and listen for where God might be calling them next. It’s especially helpful for people in transition, such as empty-nesters, recent retirees, or people who are new in church or in town. Instead of just drifting into your new life, you’ll take some deliberate time to ask God, “So what comes next?” and set off with excitement and purpose.
How much does being on a Wayfinders team cost?
My work for the church is pro bono.
There is a $40 materials cost for the retreat. Usually the retreat is non-residential (everyone goes home to their own bed at night), and to keep costs down we potluck for meals.
For churches that invite me to come at a distance (more than 30 miles from Bath, Maine) I ask for travel expenses.
I have no idea what my goal will be. Do I have to have to have a goal in mind to sign up?
Absolutely not. Keep an open mind, and let God lead you to a goal that rises from your particular gifts and circumstances.
What happens after the team is over?
During the last meeting I’ll give the team several models that others have found work well. Many teams continue to meet regularly – some for years. Others disband, having accomplished what they’d like. Others re-configure with new members. Some teammates pair off and become long-term accountability buddies.
Whether or not you continue on a team, Wayfinders gives you a technique you can use for the rest of your life.
What about my priest? Do I need to do anything?
If you are interested in having a team at your church, reach out to me and then I’ll reach out to your priest, introduce myself, and see if they agree this is a good match for your congregation.
I'm a priest who is curious about Wayfinders and my congregation... but I'm swamped!
Hey, I’m married to a priest – I know how busy you are!
Wayfinders brings a low-cost on-site discernment program to any person of faith in your congregation – and asks only two things of you:
Some initial collaboration with me to identify good candidates for this work, and, of course, continued prayer for your parishioners as they bring their own callings to life!
Much like EFM (Education for Ministry), Wayfinders runs independently of congregational programming. It is an individual ministry to individual congregants.
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I’m Darreby Ambler, and I designed this adventure for YOU.
During your retreat you’ll be asking the kind of BIG questions that open you up to new possibilities.
What gifts give you the greatest joy to use?
What breaks your heart in the world?
Is there something important you need to get done, but feel stuck/overwhelmed?
What would you attempt if you were just a little braver and had some help?