Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Walk to Emmaus about?
The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program’s approach seriously considers the model of Christ’s servanthood and encourages Christ’s disciples to act in ways appropriate to being “a servant of all.”
The Walk to Emmaus is a 72-hour retreat experience that includes 15 talks on various aspects of Christianity, among other activities. 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. Men and women attend separate weekends.

2. What is the scriptural basis for the Walk to Emmaus?
The Walk to Emmaus® gets its name from the story in Luke 24:13-35, which provides the central image for the three-day experience and follow-up. Luke tells the story of that first Easter afternoon when the risen Christ appeared to the two disciples who were walking together along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Like Christians and churches who are blinded by preoccupation with their own immediate difficulties, these two disciples’ sadness and hopelessness seemed to prevent them from seeing God’s redemptive purpose in things that had happened.
And yet, the risen Christ “came near and went with them,” opening the disciples’ eyes to his presence and lighting the fire of God’s love in their hearts. As they walked to Emmaus, Jesus explained to them the meaning of all the scriptures concerning Himself. When they arrived in Emmaus, Jesus “took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them,” and their eyes were opened. They recognized him as Jesus, the risen Lord, and they remembered how their hearts had burned within them as they talked with him on the road. Within the hour, the two disciples left Emmaus and returned immediately to their friends in Jerusalem. As they told stories about their encounters with the risen Lord, Jesus visited them again with a fresh awareness of his living presence.
However, the story of Jesus’ resurrection does not conclude with the disciples’ personal spiritual experiences. Jesus ascended to the Father, and the disciples became the body of the risen Christ through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The disciples were sent forth by the Spirit to bear witness to the good news of God in Jesus Christ. They learned to walk in the spirit of Jesus, to proclaim the gospel to a disbelieving world, and to persevere in grace through spiritual companionship with one another.

3. Is it physically strenuous?
The Walk to Emmaus is not a physical journey. It is a spiritual retreat that serves to re-invigorate our walk with Jesus and build a community of pilgrims who can benefit from a fellowship built on worship, prayer and sharing.

4. Who will walk with me?
Fellow Christians who are on the same spiritual journey will walk with you, as fellow pilgrims. Besides them, there will be others in the Emmaus Community who will be praying for you and your fellow pilgrims throughout the duration of your walk.

5. Is it all about meditation?
There will be time set aside for worship, teaching, sharing and prayer. The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual retreat that focuses on building an authentic fellowship of pilgrims. While mediation is a key component, there will also be time of worship, teaching and fellowship.

6. Is it a silent retreat?
While there will be time set aside for silent meditation, The Walk will also be a time of sharing and learning through discussions and talks. So the retreat is far from silent.

7. Is there a test?
The Walk to Emmaus will test the pilgrim’s resistance to distraction from being connected to the outside world. However, there is no written test or any grade other than how the pilgrim grades his personal encounter with God.

8. Is it intensive Bible study?
The Walk to Emmaus involves a discussions and talks which are Biblical in nature but does not involve long hours of reading the Bible, unless the pilgrim feels prompted by the Holy Spirit to do so.

9. Who are the leaders/organizers?
The leaders and organisers are lay and clergy pilgrims who having been touched by their own Walk to Emmaus journey, will do their best to serve new pilgrims in helping them experience the encounter.

10. Why should I go?
You will be giving yourself an opportunity to experience Jesus like the disciples who walked with Jesus to Emmaus. (Luke 24:13-35). You will find yourself surrounded during the retreat by a community of believers desire like you to rediscover the foundations of your faith (Acts 2:42). More importantly, you will be encouraged through the sharing by all to press on in your Christian journey (Heb 12:1)

11. What is the cost for the Retreat?
You will not need to worry about the cost of the Walk to Emmaus.

12. Is it true that I will not be allowed to make contact with anyone outside during the Walk to Emmaus?
You will be strongly encouraged to allow the activities of the Walk to Emmaus to minister to you and not be distracted by phone calls and emails. As such, it would be good if you can trust your sponsor to act as your point of contact during the period and let the Holy Spirit minister to you and see to all your needs, including at home, at work and with those important to you.