Starting in June, our annual summer discipleship program returns to Emmaus Church with a brand new lineup of courses. Summer Specials exist to give you a chance to grow as a follower of Christ through topic studies on critical spiritual issues. They are also a great way to experience community at our church, allowing you to meet new people and develop meaningful friendships. Summer Specials will happen here at Emmaus on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm starting on June 6, 2018. Childcare is available for those who register. Classes will meet for six weeks, concluding on July 18 (classes will not meet on the July 4 holiday). Classes cost $20/person or $30/family (student class is free).

The seven courses that will be offered this year are listed below, alongside introduction videos from leaders and brief descriptions of the course content. If you would like to sign up, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page or visit the Welcome Desk in the lobby any Sunday in May! If you have any questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God’s Design

God can turn any marriage into a masterpiece. Every marriage is unique, expressed by the colorful personalities of each spouse and textured by the circumstances at play in their lives. Blending these to make marriage work is a divinely inspired art form — challenging to master but definitely worth the effort. In The Art of Marriage, we weave together expert teaching, engaging stories, man-on-the-street interviews, humorous vignettes and much more to portray the hope and beauty of God's design for marriage.

Led by: Mario & Rachel DiAntonio | Download Outline

Getting to the Heart of Parenting

Raising children in the love and fear of the Lord is without question one of the hardest jobs in the world. Luckily, the bible does not leave us without wisdom on how to do this effectively. Join us for this class as we learn how to be an instrument of heart-changing grace in the little moments of life that God will give you with your children, whether they are toddlers or teens.

Led by: Keith & Angela Boeckman | Download Outline

Sharing the Gospel With Others: Developing Confidence and Competence in Sharing Your Faith

Do you struggle in sharing your Christian faith with others? You are not alone - research shows that a majority of people who call themselves Christians fail to share their hope in Christ on a regular basis. Nonetheless, Christ has called the church to make disciples, and we cannot do this without knowing how to share the Gospel. Join us for this 6 week practical workshop where you will be encouraged to overcome your fear and share Christ with others as we seek to develop confidence and competence in evangelism.

Led by: Robert Bowen | Download Outline

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You: Do You Control Your Phone - Or Does Your Phone Control You?

Within a few years of its unveiling, the smartphone had become part of us, fully integrated into the daily patterns of our lives. Never offline, always within reach, we now wield in our hands a magic wand of technological power we have only begun to grasp. But it raises new enigmas, too. Never more connected, we seem to be growing more distant. Never more efficient, we have never been more distracted. This study will help us think through key ways our smartphones have changed us - for good and bad. We will seek to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age. Foundation from this study is built upon Tony Reinke's book, "12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You."

Led by: Tom Watson & Jeff Wit | Download Outline

Good & Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness

It seems like people are angry about everything these days. In traffic, on the news, at protests, someone has probably been angry in your house recently. So how should we as followers of Jesus respond to Anger - whether it is ours or someone else's? Did you know you're supposed to get angry? Ephesians 4:26 tells us to "Be Angry…" but then immediately follows that with "…but sin not." As people created in the image of God our ability to experience anger is a specific way that we can reflect who God is. In "Good & Angry," we will walk through the realities of anger, how it can be an opportunity to glorify God, and how it can reflect His holiness rather than our brokenness.

Led by: Brian Abernathy | Download Outline

Understanding Islam: What is the good news of the Gospel for Muslims?

You've seen it talked about on the news. It has dominated politics and divided public opinion. But what is Islam? What does it teach? How should we respond to the 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, both abroad and right in our own backyards? As we are confronted with the realities of Islam, we should replace fear with understanding. Despite the crucial differences between Christianity and Islam, there is common ground that we can use as a bridge to share the Gospel with Muslims. This class will give you biblical insight into Islam, historically, theologically, and culturally, while we aim to answer the question "What is the good news of the Gospel for Muslims?"

Led by: Patrick Doty & Danny Weiss | Download Outline

Jesus + Nothing = Everything: A Study of the Book of Galatians

A Summer Special specifically for students.

In many churches today, the Gospel is looked at as solely the gateway into Christian faith. Once a believer comes to faith, they are often led to believe that they must only seek more advanced studies into theology and doctrine. While it is the beginning of faith, the Gospel message doesn't stop at salvation. Paul reminds us of this in the book of Galatians. In this course, we will be looking at Paul's letter to the church at Galatia. We will examine how the truths of the Gospel are meant to permeate the day-to-day lives of believers and bring us the joy, freedom, and security we are all searching for.

Led by: Matt Callahan | Download Outline