“Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing Him…. Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them the things about Himself in all the scriptures…. When He was at the table with them, He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him….
—Luke 24:13–16, 27, 29–31, NRSV
The Emmaus Road Discipleship School (ERDS) is built upon the premise that God desires and willingly provides an ever-deeper relationship for us with the Holy Trinity. Through the risen Christ, we join our lives to His with passion, commitment, and devotion to a new way of life. This deeper relationship with the Holy Trinity then overflows from the believer into service for others, establishment of community, and renewal of the church. To reach these depths of relationship and service, the believer assumes responsibility to learn, to experience, and to travel this Emmaus Road with other believers and disciples.
We will study to inform our minds and transform our lives, drawing from Scripture, from ancient writings of pilgrims who have gone before us, and from more recent contributions to a life with Christ. In addition to reading, study, and prayer, participants will be asked to incorporate and integrate experientially their learnings through various activities. As Seekers, Pilgrims, and Disciples [[link to Discipleship]] we commit ourselves to sharing our experiences as the Holy Spirit works in and among us to build the kingdom of heaven here on earth. The school is not intended to take the place of church in the participants’ lives, but rather to build committed disciples to serve the church, their neighbors, and their communities.