The Gospel, Globalization & People on the Move
Our program focuses around two professionally guided excursions that are complemented by three plenary sessions pertinent to serving the Church, translation and engagement. There is also free time scheduled for informal networking.
Details of the speaker program will be added later, but you can check out the excursion itineraries below and that of the 3-Day Optional Tour starting after the end of the Annual Meeting.
Annual Meeting Excursions
Despite being the first European territory to become a mission field for the Gospel, Greece never became the focus of Christian pilgrimage and was largely spared the typical icons of Bible lands sites. Consequently, the Greek archaeology of today offers the opportunity to literally see and touch the authentic locations of New Testament events.
The in-program excursions are covered by the Annual Meeting registration fee,
Departing the hotel at 8:45am, you will travel the short distance to the Acropolis by coach.
Beginning at the foot of the Acropolis Hill you will climb to the famous Parthenon and the Erechteion temple.
You will continue to the nearby Mars Hill (Areopagus) where the Apostle Paul gave his sermon about the ‘unknown God’ and proclaimed the Gospel as recorded in Acts 17.
From the site you will see the Athenian Agora with the Temple of Hephaestus and the Stoa of Attalus, the center of the ancient city, where the Apostle Paul debated with the Epicurean and the Stoic philosophers. This is the place where democracy was born and the term Ecclesia (Church) was first used.
We will return by coach to the Hotel Titania in time for a late lunch.
Visiting the Acropolis and Mars Hill involves climbing many steps. If you are not able to do this, you will be able to still hear the guide commentary via a headset, and there are places to wait at the foot of the hill and part way up.
Departing the hotel at 8:15am, you will travel by coach to Corinth.
The first stop after leaving Athens is the Corinth Canal cut on the Isthmus of Corinth. The tour continues to see the Diolkos, an ancient road where boats were hauled across the Isthmus.
After that, the tour arrives at the archeological site of Corinth depicted in Acts 18:1-18 and where Paul worked as a tentmaker. You will visit the Roman Forum with the Bema (or Judgment Seat) of Gallio, the temple of Apollo, the fountains and the Roman latrines, as well as the Erastus inscription. Erastus was the aedile or economos (treasurer) of the city and a co-worker of Paul mentioned in Romans 16:23.
A boxed lunch will be provided. We return to the Hotel Titania hotel in time for late afternoon refreshment with free time for networking prior to our closing dinner.
3-Day Optional Tour of Northern Greece - 29 April - 2 May
Immediately after the CEO and Board meeting beginning early evening on 29 April, you are invited to join a remarkable three day tour of Northern Greece taking in Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora and other New Testament sites.
The tour is led by the team at Biblical Tours, a ministry of Hellenic Scripture Union.
The cost per person is €560 with a €140 single room supplement.
Included in the cost are:
- 3 half-board nights in a 4 star hotel (Thessaloniki 2n, Kalampaka 1n)
- All transfers (return transfer is to Athens airport or Hotel Titania)
- Single economy flight from Athens to Thessaloniki
- Professional Christian guide
- All entrance fees
- All taxes
Not included in the cost are:
- Accommodation on the night of 2 May (you will receive the FOBAI conference rate at Hotel Titania for 2 May)
- Health insurance
- Tips and personal expenses
The tour will only go ahead with a minimum of 30 participants.
Friday, 29 April:
Transfer from the hotel to Athens airport. Fly to Thessaloniki. Stay overnight.
Saturday, 30 April:
Full day tour to ancient Neapolis (modern Kavala), Philippi, and Amphipolis (Acts 16:11-17:1).
Neapolis was the port of Philippi and the first place where the Apostle Paul set foot on European soil (Acts 16:9-11) and where he established the very first European Church. Philippi was a very important Roman colony. The tours visits the archaeological site with the Roman forum, the theatre, the octagonal 4th century Church, and where Paul was supposedly imprisoned. Another highlight is the river of Lydia (the Zingates), where Paul met Lydia and the other Jews, outside the city’s walls.
On the way back to Thessaloniki, you will pass by Amphipolis. Stay overnight.
Sunday, 01 May:
Sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki (Acts 17:1-8). You will visit the Old City and see the superbly preserved Byzantine City Walls, the White Tower, the Triumphal Arch of Galerius and the Rotoda; and, visit the Roman Forum and the early Christian basilica of St. Demetrius (the patron Orthodox patron Saint of Thessaloniki).
You will move on to Veria (the Biblical Berea, Acts 17:10-13) where you will encounter the old Jewish quarter. The last stop of the day is Vergina, (ancient Aigai), the first capital of the Macedonians. There, you will visit the museum that houses remarkable artworks from the tomb of Philip II. You continue to Kalambaka, at the foot of Meteora. Stay overnight in Kalambaka.
Monday, 02 May:
Morning tour of Meteora and visit to one of the monasteries. A UNESCO world heritage site, the rocky formations are crowned with Byzantine monasteries dating from 14th -16th century. In the afternoon you head back to Athens, passing by Thermopylae, famous for its 480 BC battle between the Greeks and the Persians.
Arrival in Athens at around 6pm either dropping off at the airport or back to the hotel.
Registration and payment (by wire transfer) for the tour is direct with Bible Tours in Greece.
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