Israel Study Tour
Study Tour of Israel (with Bethlehem and Jericho)
All officers and territorial envoys who have served 20 years or more will be eligible to participate in an organised tour of Israel (with Bethlehem and Jericho).
7-16 March 2023
5-14 March 2024
11-20 March 2025
10-19 March 2026
- To enrich and deepen a personal relationship with God
- To strengthen and inform personal spiritual development
- To enhance and inform future ministry and preaching
- To journey as pilgrims in body, soul and spirit to fresh engagement with familiar themes
- To give geographical context to the biblical narrative
- To see the biblical material from a middle eastern viewpoint
- To give opportunity for worship at key biblical sites
- To give insight into starting points for further spiritual and/or academic development
- To prompt a passion to intercede for the believer communities and their varied contexts
- To engage with the recent and current political reality in a highly sensitive manner
- To explore basic concepts in interfaith relations
The officer applying will be asked to contribute 50% to the total cost which would be in the region of £1,000 (June 2021) plus additional funds for lunches, additional activities/trips, personal purchases, compulsory tips and travel costs of getting to the departure location (probably London Luton Airport).
If officers who meet the criteria for this provision have already been on such a tour, an equivalent of TSA 50% contribution to the basic Israel tour cost can be applied for, towards a Study tour to alternative locations that will be believed to enhance future ministry e.g. in the footsteps of St. Paul etc. A full rationale will need to be given with purpose and proposed outcomes matching much of the above subject to the approval of the Territorial Training Board.
Permission will not be granted:
- Within two years of participating in a sabbatical (unless undertaking this in the context of a sabbatical)
- Within two years of participating in a Divisional Leader’s Journey
- Within one year following attendance as a delegate at the International College for Officers
- To overseas officers serving in the UKIT
- In the same year as extended Long Service Furlough.
- To retired officers
Non-officer spouses or a retired officer may accompany their active officer spouse but would be asked to pay the full cost of the tour.
Officers who are engaged in part-time study or study requiring residential time away from their appointment will be advised to assess their workload without jeopardizing the quality of their course work and the impact of additional time away from their appointment in agreement with their line manager and the course leader.