The Emmaus Community
Emmaus begins as a three-day, highly structured, weekend, then moves on into small groups with a community that supports each other to create leaders for God’s churches. It takes a New Testament-look at Christianity as a life-style.
It’s mission: Renewing Christian Disciples, Strengthening Local Churches
The program is designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people and through them their families, congregations, and the world. The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two who were walking along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus.
The objective of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip the local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, communities and places of work. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others.
Following a three-day experience, participants are joined in small groups to support each other in their ongoing walk with Christ. Through a formational process of accountable discipleship in small groups and participation in the Emmaus community, each participant’s individual gifts and servant-leadership skills are developed for use in the local church and its mission. Participants are encouraged to find ways to live out their individual call to discipleship in their home, church, and community.
Walk To Emmaus is an ecumenical retreat. The program invites and involves the participation of Christians of many denominations, and seeks to reinforce the whole Christian community. This is one of the great strengths and joys of the Emmaus movement. The Walk to Emmaus is designed to communicate with confidence and depth the essentials of the Christian life, while accentuating those features that Christians have traditionally held in common. We are one of hundreds of Walk To Emmaus communities around the world, all supporting local churches by building faith in Christians.
Luke 24: 13-29
This scripture is the story of our name. It describes how we meet Jesus anew.
Now that same day two of them were walking to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
“What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
Who should go to Emmaus?
Emmaus is open to members of any Christian denomination. Emmaus is 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
On an Emmaus Weekend, you will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups with discussions around fifteen talks. 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’ll also discover how grace is real in your life, how you live a life of grace, and how you bring that grace to others.
After the weekend, you continue to worship at your own church. To nurture discipleship, the Emmaus movement offers optional small groups that reflect and encourage one another in accountable discipleship. We also have optional Emmaus community gatherings of fellowship and worship which support future Emmaus weekends for others to grow.
Grace Emmaus of Silicon Valley was formed in 2005 and serves four areas, 300 miles in size:
- San Jose/Gilroy “South Bay” area;
- “East Bay” of San Francisco centered around Antioch;
- Central Valley of Lodi and Stockton;
- Nevada near Reno, Sparks and Fallon.