"Take care how you listen."
Emmaus is a place, an environment, a culture where spiritual growth occurs. Together we are learning disciplines, habits and rhythms that give honor and time to the consistent, incremental, hidden working of the Holy Spirit. In Emmaus, we are learning to listen with care; to listen deeply to the Word of God and to the voice of Jesus in our midst. We are learning to pay attention to one another and to the stirrings of our own hearts.
The equipping of leaders that we do during the Emmaus Certificate in Formational Leadership cannot be done in a hurried fashion. This task requires a drawing apart from the normal pressures of life and ministry. It requires discerning what to look and listen for, while discovering how to pay attention more deeply to the works and ways of God.
Emmaus is not the kind of certificate program that ends with files of notes. It is not for those who simply need more information (important though that may be in its own place). Our program is designed around the spiritual development and growth toward maturity in Christ of our participants. It is for leaders who recognize their own need for growth in the Lord as they desire to lead others on a similar journey.
Is Emmaus right for me?
Emmaus is for all those…
- Who want to learn more about Biblical spiritual formation and how it is relevant for the Church today
- Who long to discern the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in their own heart and life
- Who desire to experience how the children of God mature into the likeness of Jesus
- Who are tasked with the soul care of others
- Who have a calling and a desire to be entrusted with the spiritual development of believers
- Who are accompanying someone on their spiritual formation journey
The Emmaus Certificate Program Includes:
Participants gather for six retreats over two years (available online)
One-on-one mentoring/spiritual companioning; community-based learning with ministry peers
Spiritually formative leadership curricula; reading and assignments for personal enrichment and leadership development
Unhurried, reflective, and contemplative settings support Spirit- empowered renewal
In Emmaus, new leaders are formed.
Experienced leaders are transformed.
"The Emmaus experience reminded me after almost 30 years of ministry that maintaining spiritual disciplines is not enough...you need a band of brothers and sisters who are engaged in the same journey. This journey has provided me with wise counsel, spiritual healing, and inspiration for continued ministry. I would strongly advise any spiritual leader who wants to finish well in his or her calling to be a servant of Jesus to consider being a part of the Emmaus journey."
Sarah's Emmaus Experience
Each retreat provides a spiritually enriching environment for ongoing encouragement and growth in the spiritual life, in discernment, and renewal.
What is Formational Leadership?
Formational Leadership involves accompanying people in the process of being spiritually formed in and by the Holy Spirit. It requires a way of being present and attentively attuned to the actual work of God in the soul, and learning to cooperate in that work as it is taking place in real time.
Listening (rather than telling) is the primary leadership posture; discernment (rather than taking charge) is the dynamic in the leader’s role. The fruit of this disciplined and mature leadership presence is the formation of persons and communities of grace, humility, compassion who increasingly yearn after God and hunger and thirst for righteousness. These are people who are open-handed and open-hearted, who are in possession of a capacity for unity amidst diversity, for mercy in judgment, for tenderness with the weary. They are learning to abide in Christ, to walk by the Spirit, to love God with all their heart, mind and soul, and to love their neighbors as themselves.
Watch the below webinar recording, “Servant, Steward, Shepherd: Learning to Lead Like Jesus“, for a panel discussion from Emmaus faculty on what Formational Leadership looks like:
We would be delighted to help you explore if Emmaus is right for you. Please contact Jeremy Stefano at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need assistance in the application process.
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