The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two men who were going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They were walking together, sharing their hearts' deepest concerns. The risen Christ joined them and explained the scriptures as they walked, how it was ordained  that Christ should suffer and so enter his glory. This experience on the road was a heart-warming experience as the risen Christ walked and talked with them. The illuminating climax of the experience was when Christ took bread and said the blessing, then broke it and gave it to them. The two had their eyes opened and they recognized him as the risen Christ and they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the hers.   - Luke 24:13-35

Purpose of Emmaus

The focus of Emmaus is God as known in Jesus Christ and how that finds expression in the local church. The objective of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, and places of work. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled life to be lived and shared with others.

Experience the Walk to Emmaus

The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of 15 talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God's grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. 

The "Emmaus community," made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.

Who Should Go To Emmaus?

Emmaus is for the development of Christian leaders who:

•   Wish to strengthen their spiritual lives; 
•   May have unanswered questions about prayer, study, and sharing their faith; 
•   Understand that being a Christian involves responsibility; 
•   Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner; 
•   Have positions of responsibility in the church and in the world.

Emmaus is open to members of any denomination.

Schedule & Application Forms

For Walk Schedule and Application Forms go to the Greater Austin Emmaus website.

If you have already attended a Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis, or similar 72 hour weekend and would like to subscribe to the Bethany Emmaus Email List, Send a blank email message from the email address you wish to subscribe to:

For additional information, contact the church office at 512-258-6017