Christian Travel: An underused discipleship tool
Thursday, October 3, 2019
I served thirty-seven years as a clergy person in the United Methodist church. Other than the eight years I was on the cabinet, I was pastoring a local congregation. During that time, I realized that one of the most overlooked and underutilized tools I had for making disciples was Christian travel.
When I talk about Christian travel, I am being inclusive of all sorts of travel experiences, from pilgrimages to the Holy Land to a fellowship retreat cruise to Alaska or the Caribbean. Each one of these experiences will help your people to grow in ways you cannot anticipate.
Places where I saw my congregants deepen their discipleship after one of our many pilgrimages or fellowship trips were: Bible study, small group involvement, community outreach, justice ministries, willingness to serve in a leadership role, and generosity.
The vision of Educational Opportunities Tours is to make disciples though Christian Travel. Check out the ways we can help you use this valuable resource.
- Rev. Dr. Tom Smith, Executive Director of Travel Ministry for EO