Pilgrimages for Christian Ministers

An Investment in Christian Ministry

The Knights Templar Holy Land Pilgrimage is a program related to the Grand Encampment Knights Templar of the United States of America.

Our Mission:  To send credentialed Christian Ministers on a Biblical study and historical / cultural immersion experience who would not have the opportunity otherwise.

PURPOSE: To strengthen Christian ministry by providing an intensive travel and study program for credentialed ministers in the form of a study pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  Our experience tells us how much the opportunity to ‘walk where Jesus walked’ can positively affect the preaching, teaching, and spirituality of Christian ministers.  It is our plan to immerse the Pilgrim ministers in the land, the sights, the sounds, the history, and the cultures of the Holy Land, past and present.

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE for Christian Ministers.  In this program, the various State Grand Commanderies of Knights Templar sponsor Christian Ministers on an expenses paid study pilgrimage in Israel for 11 days.  We do not solicit applications.  Local ministers are invited by individual Commanderies of Knights Templar to consider the possibility and a nomination form is submitted.  Each state has its own process for selection.  Selection of sponsored ministers from each state must be registered with SK Emmett Mills, Jr. (National Chairman and Registrar) by September 30.  This is a fully packed itinerary and a physically aggressive program that involves 5 -7 miles of walking many days, often uphill or up steps and on uneven surfaces The KNIGHTS TEMPLAR HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE for Christian Ministers takes place in February of each year.

2024 – tentatively
Group A, Monday, February 5 – Thursday, February 15, 2024
Group B, Monday, February 19 – Thursday, February 29, 2024

2025 – tentatively
Group A, Monday, February 3 – Thursday, February 13, 2025
Group B, Monday, February 7 – Thursday, February 27, 2025

We do not accept applications for the Knights Templar Holy Land Pilgrimage.  Local Commanderies of Knights Templar (affiliated with the Masonic Fraternity) select Christian ministers from their area to Nominate for the program.  These Nominations may be processed locally and then submitted to the state committee on the Holy Land Pilgrimage.

What an interested minister can do is to express their interest in the program to members of the Masonic fraternity in their congregation or area and have them help you make contact with the nearest Commandery of Knights Templar. You can share with them your willingness to be nominated for the program.  The decision whether or not to proceed with the nomination process is in the hands of the local Commandery of Knights Templar.

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