Join us for the Spiritual Adventure of a Lifetime
The Footsteps of Jesus Experience is a unique two-week journey to the places where Jesus lived and ministered. The trip begins by exploring the Old Testament roots and the social setting of the Gospels in and around Jerusalem, Judea, and the Dead Sea. Then we follow the course of Jesus’ life from the city of Bethlehem, to the Sea of Galilee, to the north of Israel, and back to Jerusalem for the climactic conclusion of our journey (see the Itinerary page for a day by day description).
Each day will begin with time for prayer and Scripture reading based on our itinerary that day. We will visit the sites with the greatest historical significance that illuminate the biblical account of Jesus’ life. At each site we will offer an overview of the history and archaeology and then conclude with a time of biblical reflection and prayer. Most days we will pause at a meaningful place for worship, teaching, and sharing. The evenings will alternate between opportunities for worship, processing in small group Huddles, and free time (Read the most recent Blog to get a feel for the rhythm).
The group will be limited to 22 people so we can get to know each other and to facilitate more flexible movement. We will stay in Christian guesthouses within the ancient walled city of Jerusalem and on the peaceful shore of the Sea of Galilee. We visit many sites by foot so participants need to be physically fit and able to walk 3-5 miles a day up hills in warm weather (Check the FAQ page for more information).
Before departure you will have the chance to participate in an 8-session online preparatory course introducing the biblical history and archaeology of the sites we will be visiting. The course includes an extensive Companion Guide with hundreds of maps, plans, charts, and site reconstructions, which will become your reference guide for the trip (For more information see the Prep Course page).
Our trip leader is Bob Rognlien, a pastor, teacher, and guide with nearly 30 years of experience. Bob lived in Jerusalem where he conducted post-graduate studies on the archaeology and sociology of Jesus’ life. The cost of the trip is $2550 per person, not including airfare to Tel Aviv. This includes all your meals and expenses during the trip (For feedback from those who have taken this journey read the personal reflections on the Testimony page).
This is not a tour, it is a spiritual pilgrimage. Many people who have taken this journey with us over the last 20 years have called it the trip of a lifetime. It is certainly an unforgettable experience that will profoundly shape your reading of the Gospels. Space is limited, so if you are feeling led to join us on this spiritual adventure, a $550 deposit will secure your spot (See the Register page for details). If you have any questions, feel free to Contact us anytime!
Bob and Pam Rognlien
2012 Trip Video: Here's a video one of our Footsteps participants made which gives you a feel for the journey: https://vimeo.com/67752177