Vision & Values

What is Emmaus City's Vision?

To see the Good News of who Jesus is and what He has accomplished transform the heart of New England through a multicultural people coming together to follow Jesus, revealing the way He lived, sharing the Good News He told, and embodying the life He shared with joy and justice alongside others in City Groups across Worcester and surrounding towns .

What is Emmaus City's Call to Action?

To be sent as Jesus’ family of servants and ambassadors in City Groups to the people, neighborhoods, and organizations God calls us to, as we humbly follow Jesus together in sharing and showing His Good News with people in every area of our city

What are Emmaus City’s Values?


Jesus reveals that the mission of God has always been Immanuel – God with us – as He loves us and teaches us how we are to love each other and the creation He desires for us to make flourish. As He walks with us, He shares and shows with us how to live in joy and justice with others in Worcester.

Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 6:12-49; Luke 10:1-21; Acts 1:8; Jeremiah 29:4-7, 11-14; Ephesians 2:8-10; Micah 6:8

Good News of Jesus

Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension can and does transform who we are, what we do, and how we engage the world He’s created to make flourish. We turn to Jesus as we grow in moving from unbelief to belief in how He shapes every area of life.

Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 10:9-13; Colossians 1:13-20


Jesus of Nazareth came as the Son of God and Son of Man to live and walk among us in a specific place and time. So we are committed to live, serve, and be neighbors in a specific place: Worcester, Massachusetts. We value living in Worcester, celebrating its history and cultures, mourning its wounds, and experiencing the fullness of life with Jesus in our beloved city.

John 1:1-5, 14; Isaiah 58; Micah 6:8; Luke 14:12-14; Acts 18:10; Matthew 25:31-46; Jeremiah 29:4-7, 11-14


Jesus created a new community that reconciles God and humanity as well as people across cultures and ethnicities. We pray for and strive for our scatterings and our gatherings to represent the people present in Worcester, demonstrating the power of the reconciling gospel and the diverse family of God’s Kingdom.

Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 22:27; Psalm 67; Psalm 72; Psalm 82:8; Psalm 86:9; Romans 10:9-13; Galatians 3:28-29; Ephesians 2:13-22; Revelation 5:9-10; Revelation 7:9-10

Big "C" Church

Jesus loves His entire Church and has been faithful to Her throughout history. We love Her, too, and seek to remember His faithfulness throughout the past as we bring together people, opportunities, and resources across churches and ministries to bless Worcester today. We seek less to start new ministries and more to connect with existing ones as we are committed to sharing our resources with churches, nonprofits, and people across the city.

Matthew 16:18; John 17:9-26; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:1-5; Revelation 7:9-10

Joy & Justice

Jesus brings healing, peace and transformation to neighborhoods throughout the city of Worcester. Everything we do is to benefit our neighbors and communities, not just those in the gathering of Emmaus City. We come together in order to be dispersed as and to heal as we are being healed, and to pray His Kingdom come to Worcester as it is in heaven.

Psalm 9:7-10; Psalm 33:5; Psalm 37:28; Psalm 82:3-4; Psalm 89:14; Proverbs 21:15; Isaiah 9:2-7; Isaiah 58; Amos 5:14-15, 24; Micah 6:8; Matthew 25:31-46


Jesus prayed that we would be sent into the world to share and show His Good News. Emmaus City Church will accomplish our vision, mission, and values through prayer modeled after King Jesus’ heart. As we pray for His Kingdom come, His will be done, we will be transformed by His Spirit to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God and others.

Psalm 5:1-3; Psalm 61:1-3; Psalm 86; Psalm 118:24-26; Isaiah 56:6-8; Matthew 6:9-13; John 17:9-26; Ephesians 1:16-21; Ephesians 3:14-21; Philippians 1:3-10

Local Church

Jesus brings people together into the family of God as local communities that are part of His Church. We learn from Him and each other through living life together. He teaches us how to turn from our sin and selfishness to love each other in humility, forgiveness, and compassion in the midst of our different backgrounds, stories, ethnicities, and cultures.

Mark 3:33-34; Luke 14:12-24; Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:32-35; Romans 12; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 2 Corinthians 6:18

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