A new season for the Phillips Family

One of the great joys of following Jesus is that you can count on surprises along the way.  I never thought, for instance, that our program would leave the mountains of Western North Carolina.  I now see the tremendous fruit of that step of faith:  new friends, new staff, a much wider ministry impact, internships, partnerships with churches.  The ways in which God has blessed this transition to Florida go on and on.  

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Julia and I are pleased to announce that we are beginning yet another season of transition personally.  And we fully expect the surprises and blessings to continue as we take this next leap of faith!  

Beginning April 1, I’ll resign my position at Emmaus and become the pastor of the local Episcopal church here in Oviedo.  In fact, the church (Church of the Incarnation) meets on the same campus that is home to Emmaus!

Although I’m sad to see my time with Emmaus officially come to an end, I’m thrilled that I won’t be going far.  My office is literally moving to the building next door!  I’m also thrilled to see Emmaus carry on strongly without me.  With solid leadership, excited students, and fruitful ministry, I fully expect Emmaus to continue to grow and flourish.

As Julia and I end our time at Emmaus, we are also grateful for the friendships God has cultivated along the journey.  We could not have sustained these 11 years at Emmaus without our friends, financial support team, and family.  Thank you all so much!

In Christ,

Tom

Hello Emmaus Friends

Since 2006 the core of Emmaus Ministries has centered around our 10-month residential Bible School (the School of Biblical Studies).  We’re so grateful for all the people God has transformed through this program, and we’re grateful for all of those who have labored and given to make the program a reality.  After 10 incredible schools, we’ve discerned that God is asking Emmaus to redesign this core program.  We’ve now crafted a similar school, but one offered in a more accessible format!

Our new School of Biblical Studies will be a part-time school, requiring 20 hours of weekly participation, instead of the 40+ hrs our former program required.  Students will have the option to live in residence, but they can now also commute to our campus.  Additionally, students will have the option to participate in a 10-15 hr/wk paid internship with a local church partner.  The program is still 10 months long, and still takes students through the content of the entire Bible using the Inductive Study Method.  The new program simply asks less of a student outside of the classroom, replacing some of the study time with an internship or local job.  This change makes a year at Emmaus much more accessible.  Additionally, any Emmaus student with an undergraduate degree may now also enroll at Asbury Seminary and receive a significant scholarship through our new Emmaus/Asbury partnership, making Emmaus more attractive to those interested in a seminary education.   

 
 
 

Our new School is accepting applications now for a soft launch in January 2018, with our typical year-long school beginning August 2018.  We’re excited about the new direction we’re headed, and we know it will present a greater opportunity for more students to encounter God through this life changing curriculum and community.

Blessings!

Tom Phillips


Follow us on Facebook and be on the look out for our BIG Facebook post Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017! We will be sharing information on our NEW School of Biblical Studies, Biblical Narrative Series, and Biblical Literacy Program.


Welcoming New Staff!

Emmaus Ministries is pleased and proud to announce that, beginning in June, we will be welcoming three new staff members to our team! Please check out their staff profiles and personal websites below.

 
 Jacob and Samantha McRae  Jacob and Samantha are first year staff members, having graduated from the Emmaus School of Biblical Studies in 2017. Jacob has undergone YWAM’s DTS course and has also spent time as a youth pastor for his home church in Virginia, his current passions are woodworking and training bible students. Samantha hails from Alaska, where she and Jacob met. Along with her passion for Inductive Bible Study, Samantha is an avid reader and lover of animals. Read more about their lives on their website:  jacobsamantha.wordpress.com

Jacob and Samantha McRae

Jacob and Samantha are first year staff members, having graduated from the Emmaus School of Biblical Studies in 2017. Jacob has undergone YWAM’s DTS course and has also spent time as a youth pastor for his home church in Virginia, his current passions are woodworking and training bible students. Samantha hails from Alaska, where she and Jacob met. Along with her passion for Inductive Bible Study, Samantha is an avid reader and lover of animals. Read more about their lives on their website: jacobsamantha.wordpress.com

 Stephen Ray  Stephen Ray is a first year staff member. He was an Emmaus School of Biblical Studies student in 2016-2017. Stephen is a recent college graduate with a BA in Communication from Oakland University. He spent 6 consecutive summers on staff at Camp Lurecrest, and was an R.A. for three years at Oakland University. Stephen has a heart for one-on-one discipleship, and a gift for teaching. Read more about his life on his website:  stephenrayblog.wordpress.com

Stephen Ray

Stephen Ray is a first year staff member. He was an Emmaus School of Biblical Studies student in 2016-2017. Stephen is a recent college graduate with a BA in Communication from Oakland University. He spent 6 consecutive summers on staff at Camp Lurecrest, and was an R.A. for three years at Oakland University. Stephen has a heart for one-on-one discipleship, and a gift for teaching. Read more about his life on his website: stephenrayblog.wordpress.com

 
Ellen Stark
Why the Pentateuch is Important

(We are currently taking the students through the first 5 books of the Bible, the Pentateuch. I originally posted this on my personal blog a couple of years ago. Today I'm finding it is just as relevant and real as it was when I originally wrote it.)

Every year we go through the Pentateuch.
Every year I watch God create something out of nothing.
Every year I listen as He chooses a nation to be His own.
Every year I read the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses.

And every year, through their stories, I’m reminded of who God is, because revelation of  His character is the point of their lives.

It’s amazing how quickly, how easily I forget. It’s incredible that I can go through these stories, and one month, one week, one day, or even one hour later…I forget. I doubt. I lose sight of the goal, of the One who makes the world go ’round.

Throughout the Pentateuch, what I see is consistent. God chooses, God saves, God makes the impossible possible, and the people mess up. They forget, over and over again all that He has done, all that He has promised, all that they have seen and heard. They choose to believe in their own strength rather than the power and supremacy of God.

And yet…God remains true to who He is. He is faithful to an unfaithful people. He accomplishes and fulfills the purposes and promises He has set.

Not because the people deserved it.
Not because they always believed Him.
Not because the people were good.

God does this because He loves His people. He is not obligated, He is not bound to them, He doesn’t need them.

But He loves them.

Love, when stemming from the One who defines it, changes the way life is lived. It’s no longer lived with “me” at the center, but with “Him” and “they” as the focus. Love takes doubt and smashes it against the foundation of the great I AM. The great I AM cannot be boxed in, cannot ever be fully described or fully known, and yet is ever the same. Love destroys hate, defeats death, casts out fear, and dies for the loved.

And yet I forget all this. So easily. So often. So completely. In the moments, days, and weeks when I’m not feeling well and I start to act like the Grinch, or I feel overwhelmed and start running around like the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, or I feel as though my life has no meaning and become the Eeyore who sees nothing but gloom and doom – in these times I forget the Gospel. I forget what God has done in the stories of the lives of the people in the Bible I study every day. I forget the faithfulness that God has shown in my life.

And that’s what the Pentateuch does for me. It’s one of many reasons it’s so important to study, to know, to love. The command to remember.

Remember who God is: The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Remember what He’s like: How did He treat the people He chose?
Remember what He’s done: What did He do in their lives?

And finally, what has He done for me?

A life filled with joy is a life filled with Jesus and remembering all that He’s done with and for me. It’s a life that knows, in the words of JJ Heller, “what love really means”.

Remember Love.

Our New Website

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