Adventures In Leadership 13-day Israel Experience
Designed specifically for Inverness Vineyard Church leaders and pre-leaders.
1. Following Jesus' ministry route, starting in the desert, up to the Galilee, and ending in Jerusalem
2. Planned over Spring Break and two weekends to cost you fewer vacation days.
Mini-itinerary=5 vacation days.
3. Leadership development through spiritual formation exercises and team meetings to build relationship among the IVC leaders team
4. Must be a member & volunteer at IVC to register. (Or related to one. i.e. spouse or child)
I'm ready to apply for this trip via Google Forms!
Easy Payment Schedule:
$500 due with each application
$600 due July 1, 2021
$600 due September 1, 2022
$600 due November 1, 2022
Balance on account due in full January 17, 2022. (~60 days ahead of travel).
If you need to pay on a credit card, please add 3% to the cost of each payment as these prices do not include any office or admin fees.
If you need help arranging your flight, just let us know. Payment on that is separate and will need to be paid at time of purchase. Plan for early Summer 2021 to purchase our flights.
We will try several different levels of accommodation, Boutique Hotel, Hostel, AirBnB, and Resort-and Spa-level, so you can experience the wide variety that is Israel. Please pack your own pillow if you're a finicky sleeper.
There is a ton to learn and catch up on, even if you know your Biblical history. This will be like a college level course, so we require some pre-req. reading or video-course watching so we all have an equal grid of understanding when arriving in Israel.
We offer our team two opportunities to serve the people and ministries of Israel during our trip. We suggest packing a pair of work gloves and a flashlight.
It is not required, but we highly suggest going unplugged at least during the day while you are on mission so you can fully engage in where you are. Share with friends at home & on social media at night or when you return. If your phone is your only camera, decide to use it only for taking photos or ask around and see if you can borrow a camera for the trip . (PS you may want to practice going unplugged once or twice before you leave the country! We know it can be hard even for non-millennials!)
If you want to purchase trip insurance to ensure your travel, trip interruption, or emergency medical evacuation insurance you'll need to contact your personal insurance specialist or try our favorite here: Insurance.
Check out our packing suggestions here! Due to bus space, we are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on sized bag. We suggest a back pack that rolls for ease of transiting long international terminals.
We will have 1-2 team meetings on Zoom or live before we leave the country to prepare you and get questions answered.
Lunch and snacks are on your own. We suggest bringing a box or two of protein bars in case lunch is delayed by our adventures. We don't want any one to get hangry!
Day 10 (March 27th) Transfer to Airport or Air Bnb Day with options (Sunday)
Mini-Itinerary: Hop on a shared taxi bus to Ben Gurion Airport back near Tel Aviv and pass through about 15 security checks as a group, then board your flight(s) home between midnight and 3:30 AM. Flight details will be available closer to time. Then you fly, fly fly! Should be home to BHM by evening on Sunday. (longest day ever--especially if you have to go back to work Monday morning. Sorry, not sorry.)
Full-Itinerary Group: You’ll enjoy a full night’s sleep and we will walk to Jaffa Street in the morning to hop on the light rail to visit Yad Vashem, the world’s premiere Holocaust Memorial. We’ll take a recovery minute and debrief as we walk back to catch the light rail back into City Center and the shuk. We will turn you loose to buy lunch. Then we’ll have our first option: 1. Walk to the Old City for shopping and wandering, early-ish dinner at Mamilla and then worship at Succat Hallel and back to our AirBnb. OR 2. Longer free time at the shuk, and an early dinner, visit a local Church (King of Kings) for an English service 5-7pm, desert back with some local friends to hear their story either at our AirBnb or in their home.
Day 11 (March 28th) David's Citadel and "catch-up" Day (Monday)
Today will be a slow morning on your own. Wander the neighborhood, find a café and/or catch up on your journaling. Around 10:30 AM we will make our way to the Old City and take a tour of David’s Citadel. We can make up any stops we’ve missed, or return to some place we want to see more of. On the way home, we will stop and shop for dinner items and in the late afternoon we’ll return to the AirBnB and cook and host dinner for some local friends and hear their story of Aliyah.
Day 12 (March 29th) Finale Day (Tuesday)
Today is our final day in the land, so we will pack up in the morning and straighten the AirBnB and store our luggage. The take our final walk into Old Jerusalem, for a powerful underground tour of the Rabbinical Tunnels, afterward we will head over to see the Pool of Bethesda (no water for swimming or healing anymore) and explore the ruins, and sing a song in the beautiful acoustics of Saint Anne's Church. Then we will trek back to the Cardo area for lunch and viewing the street-level in Jesus’ day and previous times. There will be time for one more visit to the Western Wall for prayer. We will enjoy a second finale dinner and then head over to pick up our luggage and meet our sharut driver who will take up to the airport. We’ll go through security as “together” as possible and board out midnight flight home.
Day 13 (March 30th) Travel Day (Wednesday)
Fly, fly, fly, and arrive home in the late afternoon or evening.
About two weeks later...
After returning home, we will have a final team meeting and debrief about our time together.