The purpose of Emmaus is to renew the church as the body of the risen Christ in the world through the renewal of Christians as faithful and committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

Emmaus expands participants' spiritual lives, deepens their discipleship, and rekindles their gifts as Christian leaders in their churches and communities.

These aims are accomplished not only during the three-day Emmaus Walk but also through participation in Group Reunions and community Gatherings, sponsorship, prayer, support of Walks, and service on teams.

Persons whose spiritual lives are renewed and strengthened through Emmaus are called to share within their community the grace they receive. They become leavening influences in their local churches. The purpose of Emmaus is not fully realized during the three days of the event itself but in the Fourth Day.