‘Emmaus aims for an engagement with God rather than a brush with the church.’
Revd Michael Slade
For a quick two minute guide to the Emmaus course please view our introductory powerpoint presentation:
Introduction to Emmaus (.ppt file)
Emmaus: The Way of Faith is a course designed to welcome people into the Christian faith and the life of the church. It aims to involve the whole church in evangelism, the nurture of new believers and ongoing Christian discipleship. It is rooted in an understanding of evangelism, nurture and discipleship modelled on the example of Jesus in the story of the Emmaus Road.
The Emmaus approach
In his report Finding Faith Today, John Finney, one of the authors of Emmaus, found that most people:
- come to faith in Christ through relationship with a group of Christians;
- become Christians gradually, over a period of time - 'Damascus road' conversions are quite rare;
- find entry into church life reasonably easy – if they come with a friend;
- find that 'belonging' to a church comes before 'believing', and not the other way round.
How does Emmaus work?
Taking this research on board, Emmaus encourages a journey of faith that is life-changing, enduring and that has an impact on the community of believers, as well as the individual.
The Emmaus course progresses through three stages – contact, nurture and growth. It begins, in Contact, by encouraging the vision of the local church for evangelism and giving practical advice on how to develop contact with those outside the church. The full programme includes a 15-week Nurture course that covers the basics of the Christian life and four Growth books that help Christians to deepen their understanding of Christian living and discipleship.
Use the main menu, towards the top-right of this page, to go to the Core publications section for full details of the books that make up the Emmaus programme.
The Emmaus Vision
Emmaus: The Way of Faith enables the church:
- to pattern its life around Christ's call to make disciples
- to make relationships with those outside the church
- to accompany enquirers on their journey of faith
- to bring new Christians to maturity in Christ.
We want Emmaus to serve the church:
- by respecting each person's journey of faith
- by helping congregations to be missionary
- by encouraging flexibility
- by helping leaders to fulfil their ministry.