Walk to Emmaus®
The Walk to Emmaus® is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders.
The purpose of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, and elsewhere. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others.
The Walk to Emmaus® is a 72-hour experience ~ three busy days of singing, praying, worshiping, and participating in small groups. Discussions are centered around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God's grace, and how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and expresses itself in the world. Pilgrims (new persons experience this Walk) discover how grace is real in their lives, how they live a life of grace and bring grace to others. They have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to understand more fully the presence of Christ in His body of believers. They experience God's grace personally through the prayers and acts of service offered by a vital support community.
Emmaus is open to members of any Christian denomination. Emmaus is for the development of Christian leaders who:
- are members of a local church
- wish 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 Upper Room, a ministry unit of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, sponsors the Walk to Emmaus® and offers it through local Emmaus groups around the world. Although connected through The Upper Room to The United Methodist Church, The Walk to Emmaus® is ecumenical.