GRAPEVINE—The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention is providing a rare opportunity for its pastors next July. A 10-day trip to Israel will be available to the convention’s pastors with $1,000 in financial assistance for pastors visiting the Holy Land for the first time provided by a grant from reserves approved by the SBTC Executive Board at their summer meeting. Clergy members travelling must be currently pastoring an SBTC church.
The trip will depart Dallas, July 12, 2022, and return July 21. Total cost of the trip for pastors, from Dallas, is $2,195 ($1,195 for pastors visiting Israel for the first time, after the $1,000 grant from the SBTC) and $2,495 for pastors’ wives. This price includes various fees and taxes, plus gratuities.
Highlights of the tour include Caesarea Maritima, Megiddo, Mount Carmel, Galilee (including a boat ride on the sea), Caesarea Philippi, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Temple Mount, Masada, the Dead Sea, the Shrine of the Book, the Garden Tomb and the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum. This list is not exhaustive but illustrates the thoroughness of the travel among significant sites.
The tour will be led by SBTC executive director Nathan Lorick. Lorick expressed great anticipation at seeing Israel again, “Traveling in Israel—seeing the places where Jesus walked and preached—is truly a life-changing experience. I look forward to seeing it again with many of our pastors and church leaders. Come join us!” For more information, SBTC pastors can contact the SBTC office.
At this time, Israel is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into the country. This requirement may change between now and July, so travelers are encouraged to keep track of changing requirements. Current information and registration are posted at sbtexas.com/israel.