Sponsoring a Pilgrim

   A great way to support Emmaus is to sponsor a pilgrim. Prayer and careful consideration before selecting a pilgrim to sponsor is extremely important. Please do not push anyone to come to an Emmaus weekend before they are ready. Let God be your guide in approaching someone for sponsorship. Be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading and you will be blessed to be part of a wonderful experience for others.

Duties of a Sponsor include: praying for your pilgrim before and during the walk, answering any questions that the pilgrim might have about the walk before hand, bringing your pilgrim to Send-Off and 4th Day; attending Sponsor Hour, collecting letters for your pilgrim, making sure any concerns of your pilgrim are taken care of during your pilgrims walk so they do not have to worry about those they left at home, attending candlelight and closing. Sponsors submit an application for their pilgrim to the Emmaus Registrar, Lanny Bell at [email protected] or 1290 Pigeon Springs Rd, Tracy City, TN 37387. Their contact info is listed on each application. Both the sponsor and the applicant will receive a confirmation letter that he/she is accepted for a walk. It is important to reply and confirm back to that letter that your applicant is indeed coming to that walk. Get forms turned in early!

Agape Needs

   Agape is a very busy area of service. Your help is needed to fill all the needs of Agape!! Food, drinks, water, fruits, vegetables and dips, candy, and snacks of all kinds are needed for every walk. Any home-made item is always popular!

Volunteers are also needed to help Agape with the Saturday night events, with setting up candlelight, and with packing up supplies after 12 noon on Sunday.

Agape gifts and banners are also needed. If you or your reunion group can supply some of these, please try to have them at the walk early so the Agape Team can be ready for the weekend.

  • Note Cards, Stationary, Envelopes
  • Small Paper Plates, Napkins, Plastic Forks and Spoons
  • Scott 1 Ply Toliet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Hand Soap (Pump)


   One of the first areas of sharing agape love with the team and the pilgrims is to assist with Set Up/Take Down. This is a very important part of the weekend and one that is often overlooked. People are needed to help with setting up the mattresses in the church, breaking down the rooms and setting them up for the walk, bringing supplies up from the storage room and also breaking down and repacking everything on Sunday.

   This area of service is demanding and often thankless because you are behind the scenes making the way easy for those who follow behind you. It is rewarding in knowing that you are vital to the success of the weekend. You take part in beginning the walk with great form and sacrifice and lay a foundation for the whole weekend for service given with a sincere and open heart of agape love.

   Call any of the current Set-Up/Take-Down board member reps for more information.

(You do not have to volunteer for both set up and take down. One or the other is very much appreciated.)


   Volunteers are also needed to help prepare and serve meals for each walk.  There are many ways to serve: cooking, cleaning up after a meal, washing dishes, setting up the tables, and many more. Breakfast preparation and clean-up is typically from 6am-10am, lunch prep and clean-up is from 10 am-2pm, and dinner prep and clean-up is typically from 2pm-7pm. The more people we have helping, the easier it all comes together. There is always some need that can be fulfilled. If you have any questions, please contact Judy, (931) 581-3308, or Kathy, (931) 247-5706.

Board Members

   A very important aspect of service to the Highland Rim Emmaus community  is serving as a board member. This requires dedication and commitment. You are required to attend meetings, gatherings and candlelight services. Board meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at 4:30 before the gathering.  You are responsible for every aspect of the Emmaus Walks and will be assigned duties each year to help keep Emmaus running smoothly. It is a rewarding area of service but it does demand time and energy.

   Board Members are elected each year in November and will serve for three years. Please pray about this very important part of Emmaus. All board members need your prayers  and support to do the best job they possibly can. If you are interested in serving as a board member or if you know someone who would be, please contact any current board member or send us an email through the Emmaus web site. Board Nominations are taken up to November 1st each year. We need your input to fill these very important seats. Please be in prayer for your board and all the decisions that they must make.