Join us next TOMORROWThursday, February 26th, 7:30pm @ Blue Star Cafe & Pub in Wallingford. Our time will include a presentation and discussion on the COUNTER-CULTURAL CALL OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY and it's COUNTERFEITS. What are the theological underpinnings of healthy spiritual community in Christ? What are the substitutes we often settle for? 

Chris Fulkerson will lead our conversation. Chris is a CRC (Christian Reformed Church) pastor who has been doing ministry for about 20 years.   He is serving at Harbor Church in Seattle.  One of his first ministry roles was helping coordinate small groups for a college ministry.  Since that time he's made it a focus to explore and discover what builds Christian community in a variety of contexts.  Chris has an MDiv from Fuller, and a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies.  He lives with his lovely wife Christina and his dog Gabby.   He does life with them as well as his church family and a number of close friends.

FYIpub theology as a national trend/movement has been noticed; check out a recent PBS special.

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The Emmaus Road Story

In the winter of 1997, we began as a small team of about 10 people, committed to gathering and growing a church that would connect with others like ourselves; people interested in connecting with God, in the person and work of Jesus Christ, but disconnected from the activity of many mainstream congregations. With the financial support of a larger church organization, our pastor was able to work full time with the team in planning, leadership development, and meeting people in the community.

Our first meetings were open discussion forums. We talked about prayer, scripture, spiritual discipline and the issues with which we all struggle. As friends talked to friends, the first group expanded and we multiplied into two.

Inspired by the journey process as a metaphor for spiritual growth, we searched for a name which would reflect that idea. In the resurrection narrative of Luke 24, we found our name "on the road to Emmaus."

After our first worship event on Good Friday of 1997, both groups began to gather together for worship once a month. In various coffee shops and rental spaces, we gradually increased our worship times to twice a month, and in September of 1998 we decided to gather every Sunday. Since the beginning, numerical growth has been gradual but steady, most often through the personal contact of friends talking to friends.

Today, several small groups continue to meet for open discussions on prayer, scripture, and the process of encountering God in daily life; we all gather for worship each week.