About the Walk
The Walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and strengthening that begins with a three-day course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed to you through other believers. The gathering was inspired by the original Walk to Emmaus, shared in Luke 24:13-35.
The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a thoughtful invitation from a sponsor who has previously attended. After one accepts this invitation they complete an application. The Emmaus leaders prayerfully consider each applicant and in God’s time, the person is invited to attend the three-day experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle. Following the three-day experience, participants are joined in small groups to support each other in their ongoing walk with Christ.
Through the small groups and participation in the broader Emmaus community, each participant’s individual gifts and servant-leadership skills are developed. Participants are encouraged to find ways to live out their individual call to discipleship in their home, church, and community.
Emmaus is open to members of any Christian denomination and for the development of Christian leaders who:
- Are members of a local church
- Have a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives
- May have unanswered questions about their faith
- Understand that being a Christian involves responsibility
- Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner
The experience is also available to youth ages 13-18 in the form of a three-day Chrysalis weekend. It’s the same opportunity to get to know Jesus Christ, only with the group discussions and talks beneficial for young adults.
During your Emmaus weekend you will discover how grace is real in your life, how you live a life of grace, and how you bring that grace to others.
You will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by lay people and clergy. These talks present the theme of God’s grace, how that grace comes alive in the Christian community, and how it is expressed in the world.
You will experience God’s grace through the prayers and acts of service offered by the Emmaus community. You will leave with a life-changing experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service and leadership.
What happens after the Emmaus weekend?
You are invited to have a closer walk with Christ for the rest of your life; this is called the Fourth Day. Those who attend a Walk to Emmaus are encouraged to:
- Expand their own spiritual lives through worship, study and active participation in their local church
- Become more active disciples of Christ in service to the world
To nurture this process of discipleship, the Emmaus movement offers specific opportunities for growth:
- Groups of four to six people meet weekly to reflect on their spiritual journey and encourage one another in disciplined discipleship.
- There are monthly community gatherings where Emmaus participants meet for fellowship, worship and instruction.
- Community members are regularly informed of the support needs of upcoming Walk to Emmaus weekends, and other opportunities for servant leadership.