our trips

Our educational trips will allow you to see the land of Jesus and experience the Bible in a new way.

2022 Trips

  • July 2-14, 2022 [22.07] – Shepherds Seminary Israel Initiative Study Trip (Went swimmingly – remarkably nice weather for JULY – God is good!)
  • December 10-22, 2022 [22.12] – Shepherds Seminary Israel Initiative Study Trip (Great time w/ STS students – stunningly nice weather for DECEMBER – God be praised!)

 

2023 Trips

  • January 7-19, 2023 [23.01] – Dr. Jon Pratt, Redeemer Bible Church of Minnetonka MN & Pastors Rick Goertzen and Brian Kult, Shades Mountain Community Church of Birmingham AL (Wonderful group – more delightful WINTER weather – sweet providences throughout)
  • April 26 – May 8, 2023 [23.04] – Pastor Gabe Powell, Hope Bible Church of Columbia MD & Pastor Joe Babij, Calvary Community Church, Somerset NJ (Still space)
  • June 12 – 24, 2023 9 [23.06] – Bookman Ministries (very close to packed)
  • September 9-21, 2023 [23.09] – Pastor Dave McManus, Freedom Bible Church of Avon IN (still space)
  • November 4-16, 2023 [23.11] – Pastor Kirk Welch, Cornerstone Bible Church of Westfield IN & Pastor Joe Penberthy, Redemption Hill Bible Church of Bellevue WA (Still space)
2024 Trips
  • February 24 – March 7, 2024 [24.02] – Pastor Luke Rhee, His Place Church of Post Falls ID (still space)
  • April 13-25, 2024 [24.04] – Pastor Josh Stephens, Cape Bible Chapel of Cape Girardeau MO (still space)
  • May 3-15, 2024 [24.05] – Pastor Nigel Shailer, Faith Bible Church of Murietta CA (NO space)
  • May 25 – June 6, 2024 [24.05.1] – Coaches Corner ABF of The Shepherd’s Church of Cary NC (still space)
  • June 22 – July 4, 2024 [24.06] – Pastor Rod Wilgus, Elkton Bible Baptist Church of Elkton OR (still space)
  • September 7-19, 2024 [24.09] – Pastor Art Nakamura, Foothill Bible Church of Upland CA (still space)
  • September 28 – October, 2024 [24.09.1] – Pastor Wayne Muri / Bookman Ministries (still space)
  • November 9-21, 2024 [24.09.1] – Pastor Costi Hinn, Shepherd’s House Bible Church of Chandler AZ (NO space)

NOTE: It is my observation that it is unfortunate that a person has to go to Israel the first time, because the first time is so overwhelming given the amount of learning to be experienced in that land. So if a person could skip the first time and go the second time, it would be even more valuable. But we haven’t figured out a way to skip the first time! So the best remedy is to study the land before you take that first trip.

With that in mind, we have crafted a website where you can access a wealth of resources and instruction concerning the land of Israel – its geography in all of its parts, its history biblical and modern, its culture and dynamics, and more. This link will take you to that site. Click on Bookman Ministries, and then scroll down to Study Trip Preparatory Resources. There will be a registration process (simple, one-time), and you will be asked for an enrollment key – use StudyTrip – just like that. You are welcome to put any of those resources to use, whether or not you ever travel to Israel with us.

The study trips are focused on helping the traveler understand the nexus between the narrative of the Scriptures and the land of Israel – the land which is, after all, the stage upon which so much of that sacred narrative was played out. The focus throughout the trip is on learning, both the geography of the land and the narrative of the Bible.

Our study trips are “land only” trips. This means that the cost of the trip does not include airfare to and from Israel; travelers are responsible to reserve and pay for air flights on their own. An arrival date is announced for each trip, and travelers are expected to arrive in Tel Aviv by that date.

We organize and lead study trips to Israel as a teaching ministry not as a formal business but simply because we love to teach the Bible, and there is no teaching venue more delightful and effective than the land of Israel.

Ask us about starting or joining a trip

What does a trip look like?

Our trips are physically and educationally demanding, but we do have a lot of fun! Check out the sample itinerary and photos from one of our recent trips to Israel.

During a typical trip, this is the type of itinerary you can expect.

DAY 1 – Depart for Israel

DAY 2 – Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel

DAY 3 – Visit the Coastal Plains & The Jezreel Valley

DAY 4 – Visit the Sea of Galilee

DAY 5 – Northern Galilee / Huleh Valley

DAY 6 – Jordan Rift

DAY 7 – Negev /Shephelah

DAY 8 – Introduction to Jerusalem

DAY 9 – Judea/Ephraim/Samaria

DAY 10 – Jerusalem / OT

DAY 11 – Jerusalem / NT

DAY 12 – Jesus’ Final Hours

DAY 13 – Travel home

To view a more detailed sample itinerary, click here.