What is The 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 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.