Chrysalis is an experience in the Emmaus tradition for persons between 14 and 24.
A Chrysalis weekend is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love are revealed to you through other believers. The Chrysalis experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor. After one accepts this invitation they complete an application. The Chrysalis leaders prayerfully consider each applicant and in God’s time, the person is invited to attend a three-day experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle. Following the three-day experience, participants are joined in small groups to support each other in their ongoing walk with Christ.
Through the formational process of accountable discipleship in small groups and participation in the Chrysalis community, each participant’s individual gifts and servant-leadership skills are developed for use in the local church and its mission. Participants are encouraged to find ways to live out their individual call to discipleship in their home, church, and community.
The objective of Chrysalis is to inspire, challenge, and equip the local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, communities and places of work. Chrysalis lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others.
What happens on the Chrysalis Weekend?
You will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshipping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by youth and adult laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God’s grace, how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and how it is expressed in the world. You’ll also discover how grace is real in your life, how you live a life of grace, and how you bring that grace to others.
In addition, you will also have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to understand more fully the body of Christ. You will experience God’s grace through the prayers and acts of anonymous service offered by the Chrysalis community. You will leave with an experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service and leadership.
What Happens After the Chrysalis Weekend?
You are invited to have a closer walk with Christ for the rest of your life; this is called the Fourth Day. Those who attend a Chrysalis Weekend are encouraged to:
- Expand their own spiritual lives through worship, study and active participation in their local church
- Become more active disciples of Christ in service ot the world
To nurture this process of discipleship, the Chrysalis movement offers specific opportunities.
First, groups of four to six people meet weekly to reflect on their spiritual journey and encourage one another in accountable discipleship.Second, there are monthly community gatherings where Chrysalis participants meet for fellowship, worship and instruction.Third, community members are regularly informed of the support needs of upcoming Chrysalis weekends, and other opportunities for servant leadership.
Click here for the Upper Room's Introduction to Chrysalis.