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

EMMAUS: Drawing Into Prayer

This series of sessions will introduce the Zentangle® drawing process as a way to connect with God and self through prayer practices and creative expression.

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EMMAUS: Lay Preaching for the Occasional Preacher (Winter Session)

Using “A Lay Preacher’s Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon” by Karoline M. Lewis, Pastor Jon Mapa will walk the occasional preacher through the book and provide the tools needed to be a good preacher.

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Book Study: Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations

Join Rev. Dr. Sarah Cordray for a book study and conversation that moves us to RECLAIM the gifts of God’s presence and partnership in rural areas where many have boughten the narrative there is only decay and decline.

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Staff Contact:

Deacon Sunni Richardson

Director for Leadership Development