2015 Religious Travel Planning Guide

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Church leaders planning travel for their congregations, whether it’s a mission trip at home or a big tour abroad, will find inspiration in the pages of the 2015 Religious Travel Planning Guide.

In this all-new, fifth annual edition of the faith travel market’s leading resource, Europe takes center stage. A special eight-page section spotlights Luther 2017, Germany’s ambitious tourism campaign to promote the approaching 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Readers learn about Luther-related attractions, including the houses where the Great Reformer was born and where he died, churches where he preached and the castle where he translated the New Testament into German. A sample nine-day itinerary from Frankfurt to Munich highlights the most important sights. The section also includes a list of LutherCountry exhibitions and events for 2015 and beyond.

In “Divine Designs,” Managing Editor Randy Mink looks at the magnificent cathedrals of England, most of them dating from medieval times. Highlighted are Gothic gems in York, Lincoln, Durham, Bath, Wells, Canterbury, Salisbury and Manchester, plus two 20th Century masterworks in Liverpool. A sidebar spotlights three London churches—Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral.

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Also in the issue, writer Daniel Morrill provides suggests five destinations for youth fellowship trips—Branson, Missouri; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Orlando, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and the Tennessee mountain communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. In “Walking in Circles,” Rachel Gilmore, the author of The Complete Leader’s Guide to Christian Retreats, discusses the prayer labyrinth as a retreat component. And Pastor Richard Krieg talks about the spiritual rewards reaped by participants on mission trips.

Rounding out the planning resources is a section on tour operators that specialize in faith travel and the services they offer the church leader charged with making his group’s travel dreams a reality.

Special Section: Luther 2017

A special supplement to the 2015 Religious Travel Planning Guide looks at Germany’s Luther 2017 tourism promotion, a multi-year event that observes the approaching 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The section spotlights important exhibitions, plus major sites related to Luther’s life, from his birthplace, to the castle where he translated the New Testament into German, to the church door memorializing his 95 Theses.

Looking to Explore Luther’s History and Impact? Here are some suggested routes.

Divine Designs: Cathedrals of England

Divine Designs: Cathedrals of England

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Ever since taking a college course in Late Medieval Art and Architecture, I’ve been drawn to the magnificent cathedrals of Europe and make a beeline to them as soon as I arrive in town. Such was the case in York, which turned out to be my favorite city on a recent Christmastime trip to Northern Engl…

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LutherCountry: Feel the Spirit of the Reformation

LutherCountry: Feel the Spirit of the Reformation

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A visit to LutherCountry is not only a powerful spiritual voyage but also a special way to honor and learn about Martin Luther. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to explore scenic LutherCountry and to follow in the footsteps of the great reformer, a transformational figure in the history of the C…

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Walking in Circles

Walking in Circles

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By definition, a retreat is a going-away time, a taking a little time for yourself time. It's a time to renew and refresh your mind, body and spirit. More specifically, though, a retreat is designed to model God's concept of Sabbath. God created the world and included time to rest, but the busyness…

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Five Destinations for Your Next Youth Trip

Five Destinations for Your Next Youth Trip

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If you were to ask your graduating seniors which youth group trip had the greatest effect on them, you would probably get answers like “the inner-city mission trip we took, where I learned what it truly looked like to serve.” Or “the winter retreat my sophomore year, where I really started to see th…

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Mission Trips Let Us Put Our Faith Into Practice

Mission Trips Let Us Put Our Faith Into Practice

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It was 1981. I was two years out of seminary and on a church staff as a minister of youth and education. I loaded a dozen teenagers and four adults into a church van and a pickup truck and left the comfort of our home church in Missouri for a mission trip to the farm land west of Pittsburgh, Pennsyl…

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