Through Walk to Emmaus of the United Methodist Church, the Cursillo Movement spread in many other Protestant Churches of the United States. In 1982, members of the Presbyterian Church implanted Walk to Emmaus in Madisonville, Kentucky. However, its founder, the minister Jack Pitzer, gradually pulled away from the Walk to Emmaus format, insisting that the Movement should not be influenced by any particular denomination.
Ten years later, Jack Pitzer restructured its Movement under the name of "Great Banquet" and entrusted it to the direction of an ecumenical committee. However, eventhough the content of the three days has been modified, Great Banquet preserves the inspiration and the method of the Cursillo Movement, in its way of conducting the three days and promoting, afterwards, small group meetings. Its purpose is the same: "to christianize the environment by a strong testimony".