Emmaus is an intentionally diverse and vibrant Christian community that helps Hope College students grow in Christ, discern their call and love the world.

Learn how to applyWithin 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.

Students in Emmaus:

  •  Live together in three cottages
  • Take a class together on reconciliation, justice and mission
  • Engage in intentional vocational discernment
  • Serve together in the community
  • God has called his people to pursue justice
    “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 sent you.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
  • God cherishes diversity and reconciles 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

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


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.


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.


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.


Students in Emmaus are required to take the 4 credit REL 295 in the fall. Six other credits are optional (MIN 395 and LDRS 201) . 

  • 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 (optional, fall and spring, total of 4 credits). Credits can count toward ministry minor. 
  • LDRS 201 – Introduction to Servant Leadership and Team-Building (optional, spring, 2 credits).
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.