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  Overview of the Program


The Emmaus Scholars Program is an intentional Christian community focused upon "lived theology" and "integral mission".



Overview of the Program

What is "lived theology"?

"Lived Theology" is about active participation in a vital community of Christian faith that intentionally joins head, heart, and hands. Lived theology seeks to avoid abstract learning cut off from the concrete needs of race, economic inequality, relational poverty and human needs.

What is "integral mission" ?

Integral mission focuses upon both the proclamation and demonstration of God's transformative love. Integral mission connects Jesus and Justice in ways that create space for people to encounter the peace and reconciliation of the Kingdom of God.

You can get a good sense of what current Emmaus Scholars are learning by reading their blogs.


Some of the blog posts focus upon our “site visits” (sharing in community development and justice work in and around Holland), others are personal reflections or even pieces that emerge out of the collaborative research being done by Emmaus Scholars as they consider the intersection of integral mission and issues of poverty, health care, economics, politics, gender, or race.

Why should I be an Emmaus Scholar?

If you are a Christian student (freshman or sophmore) at Hope:

  • looking to join a great community of students who want share in the work of the kingdom of God;
  • wanting to grow spiritually, socially, intellectually, and morally;
  • seeking to learn how to love the poor, demonstrate and proclaim God's love for the broken;
  • wondering how faith in Christ can be the foundation of your learning about racial reconciliation, poverty, economic inequality and social responsibility;
  • open to developing strong servant-leadership skills;
  • eager to grow and learn all of this within a supportive and spiritually vital community; then…the Emmaus Scholars Program is for you!

The Emmaus Scholars Program is an academic and residential program that gives you the opportunity live a fully integrated life: drawing together your desire for Christian commiunity, biblical and theological knowledge, spiritual formation, scholarship, and mission (walking with the poor).

learning integral mission


If you are a current freshman or sophomore you are eligible to apply.

You can Apply Online Here.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about this program and prayerfully consider submitting an application: husbands@hope.edu