Serves Middle Tennessee, conducting ministries including The Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis, and Face to Face.
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Members of the Nashville Emmaus Community,
Recently the Board of Directors made the decision to postpone the fall 2017 Men’s and Women’s Walk to Emmaus. The new dates for the walks are: Men's Walk #197, 1-4 March, 2018; Women's Walk #198, 15-19 March, 2018. These will be the only walks scheduled for the year 2018. The fall season has become congested with competing events, vacations, weddings, and school breaks, so there will not be any walks conducted in the fall.
The deadline for applications for walks #197 and #198 is January 1st, 2018. If you plan to sponsor a pilgrim the application and registration fee must be received by the deadline.
The reason the board postponed the walks is that our community did not meet the requirements of the Emmaus model. The men’s walk had only nine pilgrims registered and the women’s walk had just five. Additionally, there was no spiritual team in place for the women’s walk.
Since 2012, the Nashville Emmaus community has come to this same decision point for 11 of 21 walks. During the same period, the board has taken on a number of initiatives toward better communication, connection with the community, greater attendance for community events, and improved sponsorship. These initiatives included training for sponsors, a new format for gatherings, updating personal information, a mass mailing to the community, scholarships for first-time sponsors, and reduced pilgrim fees for early registration. While there has been improvement, these initiatives have not resulted in improvements in our situation with respect to conducting walks.
Moving to one set of walks per year is a big change and we need your prayers, your service and your input as we move forward. The board asks each community member to reflect on your Fourth Day. Are you in an accountability relationship with other believers? Are you discipling new believers, developing leaders in your churches, and guiding others to a greater relationship with Christ? Do you share your experience at the Walk to Emmaus with others? Have you shared your Emmaus experience with your pastor? If not, why not? Do you understand the steps to sponsor a pilgrim on the Walk to Emmaus? Have you offered to sponsor anyone so that they may experience the Walk to Emmaus? Tell us how we can help. Christ is Counting on You!
Board of Directors
Nashville Upper Room Emmaus
by Rev. Mike Frese
I think most people want to make a difference, even in a small way. They want their lives to count for something. But it can never happen until they care about something bigger than themselves. Something that really matters. As I write this today, I have just returned from being the Spiritual Director at a Walk to Emmaus event. Last Thursday afternoon, as I was hurrying out of the office after a frenzied morning making sure everything I typically do in a week was done by Thursday and as I was driving to the camp where the Emmaus Walk takes place, I began wondering if it was worth it. Was it worth it to add the extra time to prepare a long presentation, go through training and then give up a weekend for the actual retreat? Was it worth it to spend the money to participate in the walk, even though I was a leader? Was it worth the hassle of taking on one more leadership position and all the logistics that go with the job? As I arrived, the sacrifice of my time, talent and treasure weighed heavily on my mind. Then the weekend happened. I saw strangers become friends. I experienced closed hearts opening up to share deep hurts and hopes. A number of participants experienced substantial breakthroughs in their spiritual lives and faithful living. Afterwards, as I drove home I realized that what I had earlier named a “sacrifice” wasn’t really a sacrifice, it was an investment – an investment in God’s redeeming work. I know that this Emmaus Walk weekend will not make the history books. Yet, I cannot deny that something significant happened. God’s presence and power was made manifest. The work of the Holy Spirit changed lives. Many of the participants were transformed over the weekend. I didn’t do it all, but I did my part. Others also shared their gifts. For some, the sacrifice was greater than others, but God took the investment of all and used it for significant spiritual growth. This simple experience is a microcosm of our stewardship in the church. We all give what we can. Some give more, some give less, depending on the resource base of each person. God takes the gifts of our time, talent and treasure, empowers them through the Holy Spirt and does significant work for God’s kingdom. The more we give, the more God has to work with. How are you willing to invest your time, talent and treasure?
The Link below will take you to The Upper Room Emmaus Website. There is a lot of very good information about the Walk to Emmaus as well as a video produced by The Upper Room/Walk to Emmaus. This video provides a good introduction to the Walk to Emmaus as well as testimonies and personal stories.
Applications to attend the Walk to Emmaus in Nashville are available in the downloads section of this website. Detailed instructions are provided on the form including where to send it when completed. Note that one of the requirements is to have a sponsor. A sponsor is someone who has attended a Walk. This person has important responsibilities concerning the Walk.
Contact our Community Registrar at email@example.com and put Registrar in the subject line.
An adaptation of The Walk to Emmaus, Face to Face is specifically crafted to meet the needs and life-stages of older adults. The program seeks to invite men and women, ages 60 and older, to experience Jesus through an 8-session journey over anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks – depending on the setting - covering subjects such as discipleship, mission, grief, and end-of-life issues. The highly flexible schedule allows participants the freedom to engage in structured Bible study and prayer in a church setting or other community space. Led by clergy and lay leaders, Face to Face strengthens and renews followers of Christ and bolsters the spiritual life of individuals, families, and congregations everywhere. Face to Face is open to members of any Christian denomination who want to strengthen their spiritual lives, discover answers to their questions about faith, and are open to understanding the responsibility of living a Christian lifestyle. Encounters in the Nashville and surrounding areas are currently being held twice a year at churches and retirement centers. Participation is open to all Christians 60 and above. Sponsors are helpful but not required for Face To Face. Pre-registration is required and participants must commit to attending all sessions.
Go to the downloads section of this website and fill out an Emmaus service sheet. Submit the form to firstname.lastname@example.org