What is the Mission of Emmaus? I’ll bet the answers are as wide and deep as Lake Michigan. But the official answer in a nut-shell is – To develop leaders for Christ.
How is this done? Well, hopefully it starts on the weekend; by expanding participants’ spiritual lives, deepening their discipleship and rekindling their gifts as Christian leaders in their churches and community.
And it’s more than just the weekend event, it is more about AFTER the weekend with participation in Group Reunions (4th Day Group) and community Gatherings, sponsorship, prayer, support of Walks and service on teams. With participation we can become leavening influences in our local churches. These acts spill over in to our lives and the people we interact with in our local churches.
Growth takes place; in our lives where we thought we’d never go. If you told me back in 1993 when I took my walk that someday, I’d be the community lay director, I would have told you that you’ve been out in the sun too long. But if you let God, He can help you along the way. It just doesn’t happen – like spoof! No, it’s a gradual process like making bread; mixing the necessary ingredients, kneading, setting aside to let things happen with time, baking and cooling… hmmm, I’m getting hungry! But I digress.
We’ve had several individuals go in to full time ministry after attending an Emmaus weekend. If you ask them, they will tell you it didn’t happen all at once, but it was a process where they heard God call them and they prayed long and hard before “letting go and letting God.” I’m hoping we can get some of them to come to a Gathering soon to give us an overview of how that happened to them; so be on the lookout for this.
Emmaus Weekends are more than just pouring out God’s grace on new pilgrims; it’s also about developing stronger disciples for Christ in the world. Those that are participating by sponsoring, working in the conference room, auxiliary, kitchen teams and the host of other activities that allow us to work together for remembering why we’re here but for a short time. We are to be and make disciples for Christ, with His help and others around us, because we can’t do it alone. Remember... Christ is counting on you.
GLYASDI ~ Rocky