Emmaus City Church
Surge School
New England

Surge School is a way to help people walk with Jesus and become more like Him together.


The goal is to see a movement of local faith communities in Worcester united with Jesus to equip congregations, send servant leaders, and bless our city. With this in mind, Surge School seeks to cultivate in its participants a broader and deeper understanding of Jesus’ mission in the places people live, work, play, and rest. By God's grace, thousands of people in North America have benefitted from this collaborative training across ancient and fresh traditions and denominations.


During Fall 2022 through Spring 2023, Emmaus City Church, Living Word Church, FBC Holden, and more will be participating together in the first Surge School in New England.

Surge Quarterly Gathering of Table Groups Together
A Lens for All of Life

Surge School is an integrated 9-month discipleship program used to equip people throughout Worcester County to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in their workplaces, neighborhoods, ministries, and congregations. Surge provides participants with a lens to see all of life in the context of the greater work that God is doing in all of creation, and also the specific work God is doing in each person to bless the world.

Surge 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: Learning to Apply the Purpose and Power of Jesus' Good News to All of Life

5 | B.L.E.S.S. Rhythms to Practice: Bless, Listen, Eat, Speak, Sabbath
4 | Quarters (8 Weeks) with One Focus for Each + Quarterly Gathering:

Q1 The True Story of the Whole World: Learn to Read the Bible as One Story
Q2 The Deeply Formed Life: Live in Light of God's Story in Today’s Culture(s)
Q3 The Symphony of Mission: Wonder at the Breadth of God’s Mission for the World
Q4 Connect Your Work to God's Work: Discover How Your Work Participates in God's Mission

3 | Learning Environments: Surge's holistic model is done over an academic year (September-May), creating an intentionally slow-drip marinade for deep personal formation and communal transformation.

+ Weekly Surge Table Meeting: This primary learning environment for Surge is a weekly meeting where participants discuss the readings and bring out the implications for life and leadership in community together.

+ Regular Spiritual Formation: Each participant is committed to read the material in the Surge Reader, along with practicing B.L.E.S.S. rhythms regularly throughout each week for spiritual formation, in order to grow new disciplines personally and then share learned experiences communally with her or his Surge Table.

+ Quarterly Intensives: Four times throughout the year, all Surge students gather in one place to listen, learn, and pray for each together as they interact with first-rate scholars and front-line servant leaders.

2 | Loves: Love God + Love Your Neighbor
1 | Unity: Spirit, Lord, Faith, Baptism, Calling

Cost Per Person: The cost of Surge School is $99 per person (plus cost of 1 book per quarter).

Consider Next Year: The first Surge School in Worcester, Massachusetts, began in September 2022. The goal was to get 20+ people to participate together alongside 3+ congregations. God brought together 30+ people across 5+ congregations in 2022. We continue to pray for what He'll do among us now. We're anticipating what He'll do next. And you're invited to consider 2023 as your first year of Surge School.

Next Steps to Prep for Surge 2023



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