The Emmaus Scholars Program is an intentionally diverse and vibrant Christian community that provides a unique opportunity for Hope College students to join head, hands and heart.

Learn more at one of our information sessionsWithin the context of a one-year commitment to live in intentional community with other Emmaus Scholars, students learn about the ways we as Christians are called to participate in God’s redeeming love for the broken world.

Emmaus Scholars:

  • Live together in three adjacent cottages
  • Learn together through 10 credits of coursework
  • Serve together in the community
Convictions
  • God has called his people to pursue justice
    “What is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
  • God has called his people to work for the good of the city
    “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
  • God cherishes diversity and difference within the church
    “Now there is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male and female, for all are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
  • We encounter Christ in the midst of intentional community
    “Where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.” (Matthew 18:20)
Fostering Growth
Spiritually

Through intentional community, daily prayer, weekly worship and communal meals, Emmaus provides a context in which Hope College students can mature in their faith.

Intellectually

Through collaborative research, rigorous coursework, group discussions and theological analysis, Emmaus helps students examine the deep connections between the biblical theme of justice and our call to pursue it in the world.

Socially

Through experiential learning, dialogue with real world professionals and engagement with global perspectives, Emmaus helps students learn how God’s love takes shape in a broken world — particularly with respect to such issues as racial reconciliation, economic inequality and community development.

Vocationally

Through an intentional year-long process, Emmaus helps students hear God’s calling upon their life, identify their unique skills and passions, and discern how their vocation can contribute to God’s Kingdom.

Coursework
  • REL 295 – Reconciliation, Justice and Christian Mission (fall, 4 credits). Credits can count toward religion general education requirement, senior seminar or religion major/minor.
  • MIN 395 – Christian Mission and Intentional Community (fall and spring, total of 4 credits). Credits can count toward ministry minor. 
  • LDRS 201 – Introduction to Servant Leadership and Team-Building (spring, 2 credits)

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Spring Break Trip

We spend the week in Washington, D.C., learning about Christ-centered social justice through on-the-ground experiences, conversations and service opportunities.

About the Name

We encounter God in the midst of community. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the Road to Emmaus story at the end of Luke’s Gospel. In this story two disciples, distraught over the death of Jesus, come to recognize the risen Christ as they share a meal with a stranger. Immediately their world is turned upside down. Their only response is to worship the Lord and tell others what they’ve seen. In short, the word “Emmaus” signifies this new form of discipleship — one that welcomes the stranger, enjoys fellowship with others and witnesses to God’s reconciling work in the world.