FAQ for Clergy

What does Wayfinders bring to my church?

Wayfinders brings a low cost, local discernment process to any person of faith in your congregation. It helps each person take seriously that God is moving in their life, gives them tools and time to listen for God’s voice, and provides them ongoing support to follow where God is calling.


 Who is Wayfinders for?

Wayfinders is especially helpful for people in your congregation who are going through a big life transition (graduation, retirement, widowhood, empty nest, job loss, new in town, or anyone who feels a little “drifty.”) People also join to deepen relationships with others in their church.

Wayfinders  helps the “stuck” get unstuck, renews people’s spiritual excitement, and creates deep fellowship among teammates.

How much does Wayfinders cost?

Wayfinders runs on a shoe-string to make it available to people of all income levels. 

I charge no fee to lead a team. There is a $30 per person charge to cover materials for the retreat weekend – and we potluck meals to further keep costs down. 

If  your congregation is more than 30 miles from Bath, I do ask for travel expenses at the standard mileage rate.


What does Wayfinders need from me?

Wayfinders is a pastoral ministry to individuals, not a program for the congregation as a whole. Much like EFM (Education for Ministry), Wayfinders runs independently of congregational programming.

The key things it asks of the clergy are some initial collaboration with me to identify and recruit good candidates for this work, and continued prayer for the teammates as they bring their own callings to life.


WAYFINDERS IS A WELCOMING Christ-centered gathering for all who want to kindle a spark of inspiration in their lives. Darreby Ambler’s gifts for deep listening, engaging enthusiasm and trust-building provide a roadmap for those who are hoping to explore new pathways. If you are wanting to try something new in your life and long for a caring circle of support, we at St. Columba’s Church wholeheartedly encourage you to grow into Wayfinders. 

The Rev.Maria Hoecker, 

St. Columba’s, Boothbay Harbor 

 I TRULY BELIEVE that small group faith-sharing is where the essence of our faith in Christ is realized and can grow. The Wayfinders process is a wonderful way for folks to come together and share their stories, struggles, and dreams all at the same time. Darreby is a master at bringing a small group together, affirming the gifts and talents of the participants and then inviting all to see where God is leading them in the future. I highly recommend Wayfinders.

The Rev. Tim Higgins,  St. Ann’s Church, Windham 

Let’s talk about how my ministry can support yours.


Drop me a line at Darrebyambler@gmail.com

Curious about how Wayfinders dovetails with the Episcopal Canons?

Here in the Diocese of Maine, the Commission on Ministry (of which I’m a member) is paying more and more attention to its responsibility for discernment beyond just the ordination process. This responsibility to lay people is embedded in our canons:


Of the Ministry of All Baptized Persons 

Sec.1. Each Diocese shall make provision for the affirmation and development of the ministry of all baptized persons, including:

 (a) Assistance in understanding that all baptized persons are called to minister in Christ’s name, to identify their gifts with the help of the Church and to serve Christ’s mission at all times and in all places. 

(b) Assistance in understanding that all baptized persons are called to sustain their ministries through commitment to life-long Christian formation.