The objective of both Emmaus and Chrysalis is to inspire, challenge, and equip the local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, communities and places of work.

Emmaus is designed for adults, aged 20 and older, while
Chrysalis is designed for younger people. 
In the Borderlands Emmaus Community, young people must be at least 16 years old and have finished the 10th grade and not older than 24 to attend a Chrysalis Journey.

Both Emmaus and Chrysalis begin with a three-day cloistered weekend at
Sacramento Camp and Conference Center in Sacramento, New Mexico
(click here for map).

Following the initial three days, participants join or form small groups 
to support each other in their ongoing walk with Christ. 

Through the process of accountable discipleship in small groups and participation in the Emmaus community, each participant’s individual gifts and servant-leadership skills are developed for use in the local church and its mission. 

Participants are encouraged to find ways to live out their individual call to discipleship
in their home, church, and community. 

Who should NOT go on a Walk to Emmaus or a Chrysalis Journey?

Sacramento Camp and Conference Center is in the Sacramento mountains at an elevation of 7,500 feet. While there is not a lot of walking, there is some, and the hills are fairly steep. If you have limited mobility, this environment may be challenging.

There are five talks on each day. Each talk is approximately 20 minutes long. These are following by an equal amount of discussion time in your small group of 6 to 10 people. You may not want to attend if you are unable to take part in these activities.

If you do not meet the criteria stated above Who should go ..., you probably should not attend.

An Introduction to Walk to Emmaus

An Introduction to Chrysalis

What happens on a Walk to Emmaus or Chrysalis Journey?

You will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups.  Discussions center around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy.  These talks present the theme of God’s grace, how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and how it is expressed in the world.  You’ll also discover how grace is real in your life, how you live a life of grace, and how you bring that grace to others.

You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to understand more fully the body of Christ.  You will experience God’s grace through the prayers and acts of anonymous service offered by the Emmaus community.  You will leave with an experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service and leadership.

How do I attend a Walk to Emmaus or Chrysalis?

The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with the prayerful discernment and an 
invitation from a sponsor.
  After you accept this invitation
you and your sponsor complete an application
Applications are reviewed by the Borderlands Emmaus Community leaders and
you are accepted to attend a three-day weekend.

Why do I need a sponsor?

Your sponsor plays a crucial role in your Walk to Emmaus or Chrysalis experience.  Your sponsor will answer any questions you have, get you to and from the site, provide assistance to your family in your absence, pray for you before, during, and after the weekend, and ensure you get involved in a small group after your weekend.

WHAT IS THE WALK TO EMMAUS? WHAT IS CHRYSALIS?

Who should go on a Walk to Emmaus or a Chrysalis Journey?

Emmaus and Chrysalis are open to members of any Christian denomination.
Both are intended for the development of Christian leaders who:

  • Are members of a local church (not required for Chrysalis)
  • Have a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives
  • May have unanswered questions about their faith
  • Understand that being a Christian involves responsibility
  • Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner.