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New Classroom Fund
 
 
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New Classroom Fund
 
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Current Funding: $1410

In 2015, Emmaus School of Biblical Studies relocated from Western North Carolina to Central Florida and our new base at Canterbury Retreat Center. It was at that time that we rebranded as Emmaus Ministries to reflect a growing heart to equip all Christ-followers with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Inductive Bible Study and Authentic Relationships. In addition to our School of Biblical Studies, Emmaus now provides Biblical Literacy Seminars for churches, designed to help believers understand and connect to their Bible. Along with this, this past year we launched our new Biblical Narrative Series, which invites people who work during the day to be a student of the Scriptures through this series of evening classes which survey the history and heart of every book of the Bible.

In the midst of all the blessings we have experiencing these last few years, we have lacked a consistent, intentional, set-aside space for us to provide Biblical training, community discipleship, and for the staff to work together in the ongoing development of the ministry. This has lead to a semi-mobile classroom, unpredictable workspace, and limited ability to develop new programs. This is why it is such an exciting time for Emmaus, as Canterbury has now provided us with the opportunity to lease an 800 sq.ft. building, which we can set up as a much needed center for training, discipleship, and ministry development.

Over the month of July we are raising $12,000 which will help cover the cost of leasing this new space for the upcoming year as well as equipping it as an ideal center for training the Church to engage their Bibles and follow Jesus. Please prayerfully consider investing in the life and ministry of Emmaus as we enter this exciting new season here in Central Florida!


 
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Greeting Emmaus friends and family. Julia and I are thrilled with what God is doing in and through Emmaus Ministries in Central Florida. Now more than ever, Emmaus needs the support of it’s alumni and friends. Julia and I are committed monthly supporters, and we’re making a lump sum gift to help offset the increase in lease expenses at Canterbury as they set-up this new classroom. I am asking you to join in that effort with us through a special one-time contribution. There is no better way to impact the body of Christ than to send young people into every church equipped with a solid knowledge of the Gospel and God’s word. That is what Emmaus has always been about, and they can’t do it without us. Lets partner with them in this amazing ministry!
— Tom Phillips - Founder of Emmaus Ministries
 
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