What is Via de Cristo?

Via de Cristo is a Spanish phrase meaning Way of Christ.
Via de Cristo Ministry includes a structured three-day weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, bringing them to a new awareness of living in God’s grace.


The movement originated as Cursillo® in the late 1940’s in the Spanish Catholic church and moved to the United States in the late 1950’s. The Ministry  began in the Lutheran church following lay people and clergy attending a Catholic Cursillo in 1971, both in Iowa and Florida. The first Lutheran sponsored weekends were held in 1972 in Iowa and Florida and have now been held in over 30 states and some foreign countries.

Via de Cristo is the Lutheran expression of this method which is currently being used in many denominations including Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Reformed churches.

The Basis
Via de Cristo is based on the fundamentals of Christianity, concentrating on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ.
The Focus
The focus is not on VIA de CRISTO itself, but on the environment of the community of believers.
The objective
The objective of the movement is to inspire, challenge and equip people for Christian action in their homes, churches and communities.