As discussed at the Community Meeting, we are entering into the season where we nominate and elect new members to the board and we have LOTS of opportunities to participate. As you’ll see, there are opportunities for up to 16 board members and scores of committee members. A recent analysis revealed that a fully functioning board and committees involves as many as 95 people. Our board is currently operating with around 10. That leaves plenty of opportunity for you. So, here we go:
The Community Board of Directors
The local Emmaus Board of Directors is a body that governs the local Emmaus Movement and oversees the quality of the program. The Board of Directors is the link between the local Emmaus community and Upper Room Ministries and is responsible for fulfilling the covenant with Upper Room Ministries as stated in the Letter of Agreement.
Our Board is setup in this way:
1. The Board of Directors consists of three classes of five persons, a new class being elected each year, and the oldest class rotating off. The number of positions on the board is based on the number of ongoing tasks that require leadership to enable the Emmaus Walks and to support the community. Our current by-laws identifies the following duties:
a. Board of Directors:
i. Community Lay Director
ii. Vice Chair of Leadership
iii. Vice Chair of Servant Leadership
b. Committee Chairs:
i. Agape Coordinator
ii. Gathering/Candlelight Coordinator
iii. Facilities Coordinator (2)
iv. Woman’s and Men’s Registrar Coordinator (one each)
v. Training Coordinator
vi. Weekend Walk Coordinator
vii. Housekeeping Coordinator
viii. Purchasing Coordinator
ix. Kitchen Coordinator
x. Computer Resource Coordinator
xi. Communications/Outreach Coordinator
2. The Emmaus community elects the board by voting each year on members of the new class from among nominees selected and approved by the board. Nominees will be communicated to the Emmaus community 30 days prior to voting. Voting will be conducted during a special gathering in June as well as via the website. The new board would convene during the July board meeting.
3. Each person on the board chairs one of the committees needed to support the Walks and follow-up. The board annually elects officers consisting of the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs. The Community Spiritual Director is also chosen annually by the board from among the qualified clergy in the community, including those already serving on the board.
How much support is necessary?
The list above describes up to 16 board members, and dozens of committee members. It has been noted that a fully functioning and active board involves over 95 people. There are plenty of opportunities to fit your specific gifts, style, and calling.
Please prayerfully consider taking either a coordinator or committee role on the board. Maybe you have a particular passion for community and fellowship and would like to help re-establish monthly gatherings. Maybe you’d like to work behind the scenes, or technology is your passion. Perhaps you have gift of music, or prayer, or administration. Maybe you’re committed to your share group and would like to encourage others to do the same. Whatever you’re calling, I’m sure we have an opportunity for you.
If you are interested in serving in any capacity – committee chair or committee, please email
We want to make this Emmaus community great and we need you’re help. Christ is counting on you!