Empowering disciples through lifelong learning.

What if our vision is a church full of curious disciples eager to continue learning and forever mining treasures of their faith? We commit to this vision by partnering with them and their leaders to ensure access to high-quality, well-grounded formation materials and lifelong learning opportunities which are well-coordinated and well-communicated through a single umbrella—Emmaus.

As lifelong learners we recognize the beauty and gift of the Emmaus story. Cleopas and companion share their recognition and new insights with one another as a result of Christ’s inspiration and turn those insights into actions. It is a learner-to-learner-with-Christ model.

Emmaus is for all ages, levels of expertise and learning styles. Participants may choose to engage in online or in-room workshops, webinars and conversation groups.

Emmaus is learning how to be a congregational treasurer, minister to grieving people, implement the “Growing Young” strategy, lead from your strengths and/or care for creation.

Emmaus is a new way to engage in education around the Bible, Theology and Ethics, Lutheran
Confessions, Church History and Worship taught and facilitated by a faculty of qualified pastors in the Nebraska Synod.

Each quarter Emmaus will offer a new schedule of classes and workshops. Schedule and registration will be posted on the web site. Topics will vary based on needs and interest. The Emmaus: Lifelong Learning Team will curate resources, establish the schedule, set fees and recruit presenters always keeping in mind the vast diversity of the Nebraska Synod.

Whether you’re discerning a call to rostered ministry, stepping into lay leadership or ready to go deeper as a growing disciple, Emmaus: Lifelong Learning is for you.

“As I come back from EMMAUS , I am very excited to grow the theology that was planted. But I am more excited to see how this experience will help me share the good news with others even in the times when I’m not sure where I am going.”

— Lauren Spilinek, 2020 EMMAUS Participant

Register for a Class

Vacation Bible School How-To: Assets, Goals, and Curriculum Selection

This workshop will include discovering your assets, determining your goals, and choosing curriculum that aligns with your assets and goals for your upcoming Vacation Bible School.

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EMMAUS: ‘Growing Young’ Book Study & Planning for Change

Explore the book Growing Young by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin with colleagues from across the state who would like to better engage youth, young adults and families in their ministries.

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EMMAUS: Boundless Compassion Creating a Way of Life Book Study

Participate in a seven-week transformation process for developing and deepening compassion by exploring the book Boundless Compassion Creating a Way Of Life by Joyce Rupp.

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EMMAUS: It’s Not Just a Title: Knowing Yourself – Leadership Development

Are you leading or just holding a leadership position? Starting with scripture and a look at leadership basics we will move into a hands-on, experiential learning tool will point the way toward working together more effectively and productively as participants learn process their thinking styles and explore the preferences of others.

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EMMAUS: The Post-Quarantine Church

In his book, The Post-Quarantine Church, Thom S. Rainer poses “six urgent challenges and opportunities” that he suggests will “determine the future of your congregation.” Join Bishop Brian Maas for this high-altitude view of Rainer’s book and a discussion of which of these challenges and opportunities seem to ring true for you.

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EMMAUS: All Are Called to Lives of Justice & Abundance

Experience a sampling the "Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action' study guide and learn strategies and tips for leading your own study!

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Staff Contact:

Deacon Sunni Richardson

Director for Leadership Development