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.
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.
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.