What Is The Walk to Emmaus?Copied from Upperroom.org
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.
Time and Sponsorship
When I was a child, playing in the shadow of the crumbling ark, listening to my father discuss the finer points of shipbuilding, wine making, and rainbows with the sons of Noah, even a day seemed an interminable amount of time. A month was a difficult concept to master and a year almost inconceivable.
I have seen many rainbows since my childhood and now even the years move with uncomprehending speed. As I’m writing this, I notice the date at the lower right of my computer and see it is near mid October, more than a fortnight into fall, Valentine’s day, Passover, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, and a host of birthdays are blurred into one. To borrow a phrase, Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’, into the future* much more quickly than most of us might have it. I don’t think this is an illusion simply brought on by advancing years. Looking back does seem to have an influence on the perceived passage of time but the busyness of our modern world and a perpetual search for the new contribute to that perception as well. In the case of time, it seems perception becomes reality.
There are many reasons to consider the pace of passing moments. In this particular case, I’m thinking of the swiftness with which the spring 2019 Walks will be here (late February and early March). Yes, it is “only” the second week of October but Halloween is almost here and for many Christmas shopping, if not begun, is at least being planned. Thanksgiving follows shortly on the heels of ”Trick or Treat” and momentum builds until everyone is near exhaustion by the New Year.
Now is always the preferred time to seek God’s leading in everything – sponsoring someone for the upcoming Walks is no exception. A copy of the Upper Room/Emmaus Sponsorship Guidelines accompanies this letter and can be accessed on the Highland Rim website.
Please take some time to review the guidelines, lay them before the Lord and ask Him to lead you to a Pilgrim He has in mind for one or both of the Walks.
Jon Neal, Community Lay Director