The Walk to Emmaus is a planned experience of Justifying grace and an organized rite of passage into spiritual adolescence.

J. The Walk to Emmaus is a planned experience of Justifying grace and an organized rite of passage into spiritual adolescence.[1] Reunion Groups are small groups where sponsors meet with pilgrims after a Walk to strengthen their discipleship in a mentoring relationship. When Emmaus is utilized as a discipleship system, the vitality of the community is measured “by the number of ongoing Reunions among the pilgrims.”[2] The JUMP or Life Transformation Group would provide an excellent format for Reunion Groups that desire to work at a more challenging level of discipleship. The Prayer Tool would help pilgrims become sponsors and mentors of others and significantly enhance the recruitment of potential pilgrims. Walk to Emmaus Reunion groups can become a Discipleship System through use of these tools.





[1] The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through

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All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

[1]The Upper Room,

What Is Emmaus? (accessed June 15, 2007).

[2]Stephen D. Bryant, The Upper Room Handbook on Emmaus (Nashville: The Upper Room, 1989), 115. A version of the JUMP group brochure adapted for Emmaus Reunion groups is available at ( accessed June 15, 2007).

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