What is the relationship now between The Upper Room and Journey to the Table / Discovery Weekend?

Monday, December 14, 2020

Journey to the Table continues to be available to all Emmaus communities as a resource for ministry with young adults. While many other things have been changing this year, a group of leaders started a nonprofit dedicated to supporting ministries with young adults, including Journey to the Table. As Emmaus Ministries communities who offer Journey to the Table, you will have access to these leaders, ongoing coaching and support, and other resources they develop to support your ministry.

Follow Journey Together's growth on their website at JourneyTogether.faith, or contact them at [email protected].


In 2017, Discovery Weekend became the newest offering from The Upper Room. Discovery Weekend joined the children’s, youth, and young adult ministries already offered by The Upper Room. Inspired by The Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis programs, the curriculum and weekend design were updated to make a great ministry even better.

Recently, The Upper Room joined in partnership with N2Discovery, Inc. to make Discovery Weekend the centerpiece of N2Discovery’s ministry offerings. The weekend manuals are being enhanced for ease of use. New devotional booklets are in development, as is a high school version to expand options for spiritual formation experiences in local churches. A guide for doing a virtual weekend is also available.

Discovery Weekend is a spiritual formation retreat for middle schoolers that engages high school students in servant leadership. Held in the local church, Discovery invites the entire church family to live out the baptismal promise to nurture young people in their growth as Christian disciples. Surrounded by their faith community, middle schoolers will be encouraged to strengthen their faith with foundational Christian teachings and experiences.

Discovery Weekend is an event is for the entire church family.

  • Middle school youth, no matter where they are on their faith journey, are invited to attend.
  • High school youth lead small groups and worship.
  • Parents share gifts of love, presence, and prayer.
  • Youth leaders provide overall leadership, direction, and supervision of the weekend.
  • Church members serve on the Discovery team.
  • Sunday school classes and small groups provide prayer support, meals, and snacks.
  • Clergy help with teaching, provide spiritual guidance, and, with parental involvement, celebrate baptism.

For more information about Discovery Weekend, check out the website n2discovery.org, or call Rev. Mike Ratliff at 615.800.2791.