Who we are • What we do
Pilgrimage is a spiritual renewal movement with the goal of renewing and invigorating the faith of participants, inspiring and equipping them to reform their environments after the Kingdom of God.
Pilgrimage expresses the love of Christ through a weekend of uplifting music, laughter, learning and worship. It is a lay-led spiritual retreat that that expresses and celebrates Christ’s love for you.
Pilgrimage grew out of the Spanish Cursillo movement. Pronounced ‘cur-SEE-yo’, this is a Spanish word meaning “short course.” Cursillo originated within the Catholic Church in 1949 in Spain and migrated to the U.S. in 1957. It teaches basic Christian doctrines and is used by many denominations. Presbyterian Pilgrimage is faithful to the teaching of scripture and to the reformed doctrine of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Pilgrimage is a spiritual renewal movement that calls participants to intensify their commitment to God. Its goal is to renew and invigorate the faith of participants, inspiring and equipping them to reform their environments after the Kingdom of God.
Presbyterian Pilgrimage is for Christians who are tired of being the “frozen chosen” and want to fire up their faith and deepen their relationship with their Lord. It is not a conversion experience. It helps committed Christians better understand the Father’s love for them and His will for their lives (1 John 3:1).
Dr. Fred L. Keith, who wrote the Presbyterian Pilgrimage manual, said the objective is to help believers “make every relationship, every situation, every experience an occasion for the manifestation of God’s Kingdom according to the example of Jesus Christ.”
We do that through a weekend spiritual retreat that is lay-led and includes:
- A short course about what we believe and why
- Music, fun and laughter
- Fellowship with new friends
- Talks from laity and clergy on what it means to be a Christian
- Breakout-group discussions about the joys and challenges of living out our faith
- Worship, meditation, and prayer
- “…psalms and hymns and spiritual songs … singing and making melody to the Lord…” (Ephesians 5:19)
The retreat is a long weekend, usually 5 p.m. Thursday to 5 p.m. Sunday, that expresses and celebrates Christ’s love for you.
Pilgrims come away from their retreat awed by God’s love and overflowing with the Holy Spirit. Following the retreat, members meet in small groups on a regular basis to sustain and support one another in their Christian walks.
Pilgrimage graduates are educated, enabled, and empowered to be active participants in the lives of their local congregations.