Welcome to the Biblical Education Tour homepage. This page provides information about the annual Biblical Education Tour offered by The Salvation Army Central Territory to active officers, retired officers, soldiers and employees. Officers are notified of their eligibility status in May of the year prior to the tour. Soldiers, retired officers and employees of the Central Territory are also invited to participate in this exciting experience as space becomes available. For more information about the tour, navigate through this site using the menu at the bottom of the page.
The Salvation Army began offering a Biblical Education Tour in 1989. A group of Pilgrims has traveled each year since to either Israel or Greece and Turkey. Each group has returned home recounting the many blessings they experienced on this tour.
In 2024 the Biblical Education Tour will return to Israel with an optional extended tour to Egypt. This tour brings to life the richness of scripture as you visit sites where Jesus ministered and the Christian church launched to the rest of the world. As we travel through this amazing country each day offers countless opportunities to deepen your spiritual walk. You will walk the paths and enter the cities and towns recorded in the Bible affording you the opportunity to gain a deeper biblical and historical knowledge as well as a better understanding of current events. Please Note: All prospective Delegates must agree to, and potentially have a doctor’s clearance, concerning the Fit to Travel & Participate Requirements (below).
Registration for the 2024 tour for OFFICERS, RETIRED OFFICERS, SOLDIERS, & EMPLOYEES has begun. Please click here to begin your registration. Registration will close on September 29, 2024.
Fit To Travel & Participate requirements
By applying for the tour, you are accepting the responsibility for being in good physical health. The tour includes walking an average of seven to eight miles daily (but as many as ten or twelve), sometimes at a brisk pace! Many ancient sites are not accessible to physically challenged individuals. Ancient sites include rough and steep terrain, ancient uneven stairways, and wet and slippery surfaces. Some parts of the tour are also underground, walking through caves with tight passageways as well as a cable car over extreme heights. Temperatures in Israel during the trip are in the 60º – 90º F range and may exceed 100º F at times. Those requiring assistance in walking, or who cannot navigate difficult terrain and conditions will find the tour extremely limiting and should not participate. The Salvation Army may ask applicants to secure a doctor’s clearance for participation.