Got a question about Wayfinders? Here are a few answers.
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.
What is the structure of the program?
The program has two parts: a weekend retreat + 8 team meetings (scheduled at the team’s convenience every 1-2 weeks.)
In the retreat you’ll spend a weekend with your team taking a good long look at where you are in life right now. You’ll discern your own particular gifts through prayer, written exercises, and in-team discussions. You’ll be listening for where God might be calling you next, and then fashion a goal in response to that calling. You will leave the retreat as a member of a cohesive, focussed team, each of you with a working goal in hand.
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.
How much does being on a Wayfinders team cost?
My goal is to make this program available to as many people as possible. I charge no fee to train and launch a Wayfinders team.
There is a $30 materials cost per person 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 groups that invite me to come at a distance (more than 30 miles from Bath, Maine) I ask for travel expenses.
What happens after the team is over?
During the last meeting I’ll give your team several models that have worked for others. Many teams continue to meet regularly – some for years, supporting each other through new goals and dreams. 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 to use for the rest of your life: to listen for God’s voice, gather support around you, and respond to that call.
What about my priest? How is s/he involved?
If you are interested in having a team at your church, let me know. After you and I talk, I’ll reach out to your priest, introduce myself, and see if they agree this is a good match for your congregation. Most priests are delighted to make space for lay discernment to interested congregants.
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