The Cross Country Emmaus Community
does not offer scholarship aid at
If scholarship aid is desired,
please check with your local Mini
Mini-Community web page for details on these Mini Communities.
and Hints for, Sponsors
Good sponsorship is vital to the continuation of the Emmaus
Movement. We are faced with the challenge of educating pilgrims on the role
and importance of good sponsorship. It is the most important part of
Emmaus. It is the first act of agape before the "Walk" even
reason for sponsoring should not be "to get all my friends to
go," to fill up the weekend, to fix people's problems or to reproduce
one's own religious experience in someone else.
purpose should be to bring spiritual renewal to those who will, in turn,
bring a new life and vision back to their church, home, workplace, and
Emmaus is right for many people, but not for everyone!
Possible candidates for Emmaus could be:
The backbone of the church, the quiet "behind the scenes" folks.
Less active members who need their awareness of grace rekindled and their
Christians who are hungry for "something more" and want to grow
Church leaders (clergy and lay) who will bring new vision and vitality back
to the church and who need the renewal and to experience the grace unique
Some questionable sponsorship could be:
Non-Christians and persons without connections to the church.
Persons undergoing emotional crisis (recent divorce or severe grief) or who
are psychological unstable.
A person who decides not to attend a walk after being presented the
opportunity. Wise sponsorship is purposeful and prayerful.
After you have prayerfully selected your pilgrim, here are
some hints on preparing for the Walk and responsibilities at the Walk's
Take the application to your pilgrim and have him/her fill it out in your
presence answering any question he/she may want to ask. Obtain the
registration fee. Take the application to the pilgrim's pastor for his/her
signature and then mail it to the Emmaus Registrar (address on the
After you have received confirmation of the pilgrim's "Walk
date," begin working on letters. Letters are an extremely important
part of the weekend, so spend some time to insure your pilgrim has at least
ten letters in your possession when you take them for their weekend. Be sure
to have the Pilgrim's first and last names on the envelope - otherwise
there is a chance of misdelivery. The letters from family members should
have 'Family' written on the envelope and other envelopes should have
'Friend' written on the front. Some areas to search for letters besides the
spouse are Sunday School classes, work, family, or other organizations the
pilgrim may be involved in and your own church and Emmaus Community.
Be sure your pilgrim knows that you will be delivering and picking them up
and remind them to bring the balance of the money owed for their weekend.
Take your pilgrim to send-off if your community has this activity. Make
sure there will be a pastor present to send them prayerfully on their
weekend. Remind community members of send-off time, so they can attend.
Secure agape from reunion groups, individuals and local community. Sponsors
are to provide 2 food items AND 2 gift items. Food Agape can be eats and/or
drinks. Gift Agape can be pillow and/or wearable Agape. Gift Agape should
consist of 85 pieces each.
the agape, i.e., how much there is, who it is from, and if you have a
preference when you want it delivered. Perhaps you would like it delivered
after a certain talk, in the dining room or agape to be put on their pillow
before bed, etc. This will help greatly with the agape distribution during
the weekend. Either give the agape to someone on the team prior to the Walk
or discreetly bring it with the pilgrim to the Walk. Seek advice from a
team member as to where the agape needs to be left.
Agape represents Godís Love. We should literally drown the Pilgrims in
Agape! All tables and beds should covered in Agape at all timesd!
Be sure to ask the pilgrim's pastor to write a letter and notify the
pilgrim's local church the week before the Walk so a notice can be put in
the newsletter and the pastor can lift them up during the Sunday pastoral
prayers if this is appropriate within your church.
Ask your pilgrim to read Luke 24 several times before the walk.
Find out if your pilgrim needs a special diet or medication regimen and
pass this information onto the Lay Director.
I. Explain sleeping and bathing arrangements. Sleeping and
showers are very personal activities and pilgrims need to know how to
prepare for them. Also, explain some of the activities (wearing of agape,
table activities) that individuals will be performing and that they are
important even though the importance may not be revealed until a later
time. Some individuals are not always immediately comfortable with
performing skits, other table activities or wearing of agape, etc. Remind
the pilgrim of a need for an open mind and open heart.
Let the pilgrim know personal participation is expected from the Walk's
beginning until Closing on the last day.
Explain to the pilgrim there will be no contact with their family or
business except, of course, in an emergency.
Remind the pilgrim to leave at home the following: cell phones, pagers,
radios, clocks, lap tops and cameras. You can ask them to leave their watch
at home or leave it to the Lay Director who asks that their watches be
taken off and put away on Thursday evening.
Tell the pilgrim how each weekend is unique and that each person seems to
find exactly what God wants that person to experience. The pilgrim can look
forward to gaining a new enthusiasm for serving God.
N. Plan on three trips during the weekend your pilgrim is on
(1) Deliver the pilgrim on the first evening and attend
Sponsors' Hour after leaving the pilgrim;
(2) Candlelight at 8:00 PM on the last night of the walk;
(3) Closing at 4:00 PM on the last day of the walk.
Check on any Spouse left at home for the weekend, perhaps inviting them for
dinner on an evening during the Walk, with your pilgrim's permission. Let
them know your pilgrim arrived at the Walk and all is well.
Pray for your pilgrim, his/her family, the Lay and Spiritual Directors, the
team members, fellow pilgrims and all who will share in your pilgrim's
After closing on Sunday, offer to take your pilgrim to eat on the way home.
This gives them an opportunity to share the events of the weekend.
Encourage your pilgrim to become active in a reunion group and Community /
Mini-Community immediately after their return. If none are convenient for
their schedule, encourage and help form a new group. The Internet and local
Communities /Mini-Communities are excellent sources of reunion group
Take or meet your pilgrim at the first Community Gathering after their
Walk. They need to become a vibrant part of their new Community!
The ultimate reason for sponsoring a pilgrim for the "Walk To Emmaus" is to strengthen and deepen that person's
relationship with Jesus and to create an enthusiastic disciple to do God's
work in his/her home, church and community. The ultimate reason for YOUR
wanting to sponsor someone is Christ's love and your wanting that same love
for the prospective pilgrim. Christ's love fills us up and we want to PASS
comments, suggestions, and corrections are welcome.