The Gospel of Luke relates the story of Christ joining two friends on the road from Jerusalem to the town of Emmaus. They were walking together and sharing their hearts’ deepest concerns. The risen Christ walks with them and explains the scriptures, how it was ordained that Christ should suffer and so enter His glory. The illuminating climax of this heart-warming experience comes when Christ takes bread and blesses it. He then breaks it and gives it to them. At that moment, the eyes of the two are opened, they recognize Him as the risen Christ, and they rush back to Jerusalem to tell the others. (Luke 24:13-35)
The above story provides the image for the Walk to Emmaus, an Upper Room program that calls forth and restores Christian discipleship. The Walk to Emmaus, a three-day experience, takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. This highly structured weekend is designed to strengthen and invigorate the faith of Christian people, and through them, their families, their congregations, and the world in which they live.
Emmaus combines the efforts of laity and clergy to renew the church.
How do I attend?
A person who has experienced the Walk to Emmaus sponsors you. This frees you from any personal responsibilities that might distract you while on the experience, and undergirds your 72-hour experience with prayer and other expressions of God’s love.
What happens after the Walk?
Cleopas and his companion immediately returned to tell others about their encounter with Christ. A regular, ongoing time of sharing together our journey with Christ is part of the follow- up to the experience. A monthly celebration encourages discipleship. Weekly, small-group meetings encourage persons to grow in Christian accountability.
What is the purpose?
Emmaus exists to develop Christian leaders for the local church and the world. The 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.”
Where does it take place?
A community of Christians from a variety of churches provides a place, leadership, and all the support necessary to conduct the Walk to Emmaus weekend. Contact the church office or someone on the back of the Emmaus brochure. In addition, the person from whom you received this brochure will gladly help you learn more.
What should I know before attending?
Emmaus is for church persons. Emmaus is designed for active church members and their leaders who want to rekindle their faith or renew their vision.