The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. Emmaus does not intend to become anyone's "new church". The program's approach seriously considers the model of Christ's servanthood and encourages Christ's disciples to act in ways appropriate to being "a servant of all." The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay-people and clergy on the themes of God's grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course in Christianity is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The "Emmaus Community," which is made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, supports the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.