The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program’s approach seriously considers the model of Christ’s servanthood and encourages Christ’s disciples to act in ways appropriate to being “a servant of all.”
The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity,
comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God’s grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The “Emmaus community,” made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.
During and after the three days, Emmaus leaders encourage participants to meet
regularly in small groups. The members of the small groups challenge and support one another in faithful living. Participants seek to Christianize their environments of family, job, and community through the ministry of their congregations. The three-day Emmaus experience and follow-up groups strengthen and renew Christian people as disciples of Jesus Christ and as active members of the body of Christ in mission to the world.
Emmaus is designed for active church members who want to rekindle their faith or renew their vision.
Emmaus is for people who want to grow spiritually, who simply want to understand the Christian faith more fully and to mature as disciples of Jesus Christ. It is for persons who want to build up the church in love and contribute to its ministry
The Emmaus Walk is mainstream in theological outlook, it is for those who seek to follow Christ without regard to labels and camps.
Emmaus is for building faith and discipleship.
Emmaus is for fostering unity in Christ, not for theological debate. It tries to foster appreciation and openness to the different faith perspectives of the participants and to bring a spirit of Christian tolerance and charity toward others.
Emmaus is a concentrated three-day course in Christianity.