The Footsteps of Jesus Experience w Eric Laverentz and John Walker
The Footsteps of Jesus Experience
A Spiritual Adventure in the Holy Land
With Matt Switzer
May 23-June 5, 2020
The Footsteps of Jesus Experience is a unique two-week journey to the places where Jesus lived, made disciples, built a spiritual family, and fulfilled his mission. We focus on the historically verifiable sites from Jesus’ life and the spiritual impact these can have on us personally. The trip begins by exploring the social setting of the Gospels in and around Jerusalem, Judea, and the Dead Sea. Then we follow the course of Jesus’ life from his birth in the city of Bethlehem, to the Sea of Galilee where he called his disciples, to the far north of Israel, and then back to Jerusalem for the climactic conclusion of our journey.
Each day will begin with time for prayer and Scripture-reading based on our itinerary that day. We will visit the sites with the greatest historical significance that illuminate the biblical account of Jesus’ life. At each site we will offer an overview of the history and archeology and then conclude with a time of biblical reflection, sharing, and prayer. Each day we will pause at a meaningful place for worship and teaching. The evenings will alternate between opportunities for processing in small groups and free time.
The group will be limited to 22 people so we can get to know each other and facilitate more flexible movement. We will stay in Christian guesthouses within the ancient walled city of Jerusalem, in the Old City of Nazareth, and on the peaceful shores of the Sea of Galilee. We visit many sites by foot so participants need to be physically fit and able to walk 5-6 miles a day in warm weather, including hills and stairs.
Before departure you will have the chance to participate in an eight-session online preparatory course introducing the biblical history and archaeology of the sites we will be visiting using lots of visual images. The course includes an extensive handbook with hundreds of maps, plans, charts, and site reconstructions, which will become your reference guide for the trip. This book also includes reflection questions on key Scriptures related to the sites we will be visiting each day and space to do some journaling.
Our trip leaders are Eric Laverentz and John Walker, both pastors who have traveled extensively in the Holy Land and have been trained to lead Footsteps trips. The cost of the trip is $2950 per person double or triple occupancy, not including airfare to Tel Aviv. This includes all your meals and expenses during the trip.
This is not a tour, it is a spiritual pilgrimage. Many people who have taken this journey with us over the last 25 years have called it the trip of a lifetime. It is certainly an unforgettable experience that will profoundly shape your reading of the Gospels and your walk with Jesus. Go to
Friday, May 22: Depart for Tel Aviv, arrive by 11:00 AM on Saturday, stay in Old City
Saturday, May 23: Jesus’ World, Herodians, Sadducees, and Pharisees: introduction to Jerusalem, Temple Mount, Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Sunday, May 24: Jesus’ World, Romans, Essenes, and Zealots: Qumran, Scroll Caves, Masada, Dead Sea
Monday, May 25: Jesus’ Birth: Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Shepherds' Fields, and Herodium Fortress
Tuesday, May 26: Jesus' Baptism and Temptation: River Jordan, Jesus’ Baptism site, Wadi Kelt, St. George's Monastery, Wilderness of Judea
Wednesday, May 27: Jesus' Home: Jordan Valley, Nazareth Village, House of Mary, Church of the Annunciation, House of Joseph
Thursday, May 28: Jesus' Family: Mount Precipice, Sepphoris, Cliffs of Arbel, stay at Sea of Galilee
Friday, May 29: Jesus' Family: Capernaum, ancient Galilee Boat, boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, swimming in the lake
Saturday, May 30: Jesus’ Mission Field: Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, Magdala, First-Century Synagogue, swimming in the lake
Sunday, May 31: Jesus’ Mission Field: Bethsaida, Hippos, Chorazin, swimming in the lake
Monday, June 1: Jesus' Retreats: Gamla, Caesarea Philippi, Banias Waterfalls, return to Jerusalem
Tuesday, June 2: Jesus’ Triumphal Entry: Bethany, Lazarus’ Tomb, Mt. of Olives, Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, Pools of Bethesda
Wednesday, June 3: Jesus' Teaching and Healing in Jerusalem: Temple Mount, Southern Temple Excavations, Western Wall Tunnel, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, return via Herodian Street
Thursday, June 4: Jesus' Last Supper and Trials: Upper Room, Garden of Gethsemane, St Peter in Galicantu, Palace of Herod, Wohl Museum, Passover dinner
Friday, June 5: Jesus' Crucifixion & Resurrection: Via Dolarosa, Golgotha, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Easter Service at Herodian Family Tomb, closing dinner, depart Tel Aviv
Saturday June 6: Arrive home!