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Frequently Asked Questions about

the Walk to Emmaus

Q. How do I attend?

A. A person who has experienced the Walk to Emmaus sponsors you. This frees you from any personal responsibilities that might distract you while on the experience, and undergirds your 72-hour experience with prayer and other expressions of God's love.

Q. What happens after?

A. In Luke 24:13-35 the Gospel of Luke relates the story of Christ joining two friends on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Cleopas and his companion immediately returned to tell other disciples about their encounter with Christ. A regular, ongoing time of sharing together our journey with Christ is part of the follow-up to the experience. A monthly celebration open to all encourages discipleship. Weekly, small-group meetings are open to all persons wanting to grow in accountability for their relationship with Christ.

Q. What is the purpose?

A. Emmaus exists to develop Christian leaders for the local church and the world. The approach seriously considers the model of Christ's servant hood and encourages Christ's disciples to act in ways appropriate to being "a servant of all."

Q. Where does it take place?

A. A community of Christians from a variety of churches provides a place, leadership, and all the support necessary to conduct the Walk to Emmaus weekend.

Q. How long must I wait after my Walk before I can sponsor someone?

A. No less than one year; if you wish to sponsor within the year, you must have a co-sponsor who has been in the community longer than you have been.

Q. How long must I wait after my Walk before I can be considered to serve on a team?

A. No less than one year; however, you can serve in other positions (kitchen, housing, etc) as soon as the next Walk.

Q. Do both husband and wife have to attend set same set of Walks?

A. (Taken from the Standing Rules of the Seaside Emmaus community)Husbands and wives are encouraged to attend Emmaus during the same set of weekends. If a sponsor talks with both the husband and the wife and one is not interested; the sponsor should wait six to nine months (between walks) and talk with the couple again. If, at that time, one is not interested, the application for one person should be submitted with an explanation attached that the above process has occurred. All exceptions will be voted on by the Board of Directors or, if no Board meeting is scheduled, by the Community Spiritual Director, Community Lay Director, Reunion Group Chairperson, and the past Community Lay Director. Input should be gathered from the potential pilgrims' minister, if he/she has attended Emmaus.

Q. How many pieces of Agape are needed for each set of Walks?

A. No less than 130 for each set of Walks. If there are extra they will be returned to the Reunion Group for the next Walks.

Q. What are the qualifications for serving on a team?

A. Active in a reunion group; progressive servant hood (from behind the scenes such as kitchen, housing, etc. to ATL to TL to ALD, etc.); cannot serve on successive teams; regular attendance at Gatherings.

Q. What types of things should I bring for snacks for the Walks?

A. Brownies, sodas, and fruit are always good, but don't forget that there are diabetics on the Walk also. Remember to bring some "sugar free" things for them.

Q. How much does it cost to attend a Weekend?

A. Only $125 and that is for room and board for 3 nights and 3 days. What a bargain! (subject to change)