Walk to Emmaus


The purpose of Emmaus is to develop leaders for the church.
Emmaus will inspire, challenge, and equip participants for
Christian action in their homes, churches, and places of work.  
Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be
lived and shared with others.

What is the "Walk to Emmaus"? 

The Walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God's grace and love is revealed to you through other believers. 

The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor. After one accepts this invitation they complete an application. The Emmaus leaders prayerfully consider each applicant and in God's time, the person is invited to attend a three-day experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle. 

Following the three-day experience, participants are joined in small groups to support each other in their ongoing walk with Christ. Through the 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. 

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. 

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 

What happens on the Emmaus Weekend? 

You will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy. 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. 

You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to understand more fully the body of Christ. You will experience God's grace through the prayers and acts of anonymous service offered by the Emmaus community. You will leave with an experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service and leadership. 

What Happens After the Emmaus Weekend? 

You are invited to have a closer walk with Christ for the rest of your life; this is called the Fourth Day. Those who attend a Walk to Emmaus are encouraged to: 

  • Expand their own spiritual lives through worship, study and active participation in their local church • Become more active disciples of Christ in service to the world 
  • To nurture this process of discipleship, the Emmaus movement offers specific opportunities. 

First, groups of four to six people meet weekly to reflect on their spiritual journey and encourage one another in accountable discipleship. 

Second, there are monthly community gatherings where Emmaus participants meet for fellowship, worship and instruction. 

Third, community members are regularly informed of the support needs of upcoming Walk to Emmaus weekends, and other opportunities for servant leadership. 

What does the Walk To Emmaus, Chrysalis, Face-To-Face, mean to:

Church & Pastor?  

  • Positive member's support for Pastor
  • Prayer partners
  • Leaders in the church
  • Aid in spiritual growth of other members
  • Sponsors for future pilgrims
  • Strengthens youth groups
  • Promotes senior member ministry

UMC Conference?  

  • Produces church & conference leaders
  • Affirms biblical teaching of the church
  • Strengthens member churches
  • Provides a renewal weekend for pastors & staff
  • Changes lives for Good and for God 

For more information in your area, go to www.iowawalktoemmaus.org.



What is Chrysalis? First, let us ask you these questions:

Are you...

  • between the ages of 15-18?
  • asking questions about your faith?
  • thinking about God in you everyday life?

Do you want to...

  • strengthen your spiritual life?
  • experience God's love and grace in a new way?
  • meet other people who are sharing God's love in the world?

If you answered "yes", then Chrysalis is for you!

Chrysalis empowers leaders to be the hands and feet of Christ.

What happens on the Chrysalis Weekend?

On a Chrysalis weekend, you will:

  • sing
  • reflect
  • pray
  • worship
  • share Holy Communion
  • participate is small groups
  • experience God's grace in community and in the world, and
  • understand Christian love in action. 

Someone wants to sponsor you.

To attend a Chrysalis weekend, a participant must be sponsored. Your sponsor will travel the Chrysalis journey with you through prayer and love.


Website for all info;  www.iowawalktoemmaus.org