Connecting the Dots: Understanding Changing Culture

Cost: $1825, plus airfare (USD)
Dates: 03/14/2020 – 03/21/2020
Location: Greece (8 Days)

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Day 1cultureprimary

Board your overnight flight across and cross the Atlantic on your way to Greece. (Groups should coordinate their flights to arrive in Athens in the late afternoon for Day 2) 

Day 2

Meet Dr. Johnson (Global Next’s President) at the airport in Athens where we’ll board our charter bus and head into the city of Athens. We will get settled into our centrally located hotel – just yards from the Acropolis! After an afternoon orientation, we’ll enjoy a great Greek dinner followed by a nigh walk to see the Parthenon lit up on the top of the Acropolis. You’ll have to pinch yourself at least twice to believe that you’re really here and have stepped back more than 2 millennia in time. After some fellowship, we’ll drop into bed and get some much earned rest. 

Day 3

After breakfast our group will head out to the iconic Acropolis, the Agora, the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena, and the Theatre of Dionysus, where the plays of Athenian dramatists were first performed. We will also sit on Mars Hill and talk about the Apostle Paul’s brilliant conversation with the intellectuals of his day! After lunch and some free time for shopping before returning to the hotel for the evening and the beginning of our conference, “Connecting the Dots” where we will begin discussing the trends of a changing world and how leaders can respond to those changes. Finally we’ll enjoy dinner together and finish our day!

Day 4

After breakfast, we will continue our studies of all things that are trend-worthy. Our goal is to update your “operating systems” with the latest information on what’s happening in global culture and why! In the afternoon, we’ll hike up to the top of Lycabettus Hill. Standing 277 meters above sea level, this peak provides a stunning view of Athens, including the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panthenaic Stadium and the sparkling waters of the Aegean Sea.  

Day 5

After breakfast, we will head off to the ancient city of Corinth, the subject of two of the Apostle Paul’s epistles. This city, at one time was known for the wild lifestyles of its citizens during the time of Paul. It is now mostly famous for its ancient glories, especially the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo and the Roman Agora and Odeon. We’ll also take a ride over to the beach and see the site where Paul’s ship docked as he began his missionary journey to Corinth. In the late afternoon we will meet to continue our work and discussions for our conference. 

Day 6

Following breakfast, we will continue our leadership training. Then we will head to the Plaka District of Athens to allow for some shopping and lunch. Then we’re off to the city of Delphi, the city that used to be viewed as the “center of the world” and the place where everyone came to hear about their futures and fortunes. Here we where we will see the Temple of Apollo and the Delphi museum. On the way we will visit the mountain village of Arachova, famous for its hand loomed rugs, bags, and blankets. In the evening, after dinner our leadership course will continue.

Day 7

With our stomachs full of breakfasts, we’ll head to the ancient sites of Delphi. We will walk along the marble Sacred Way, the road visitors have walked on for millennia. We’ll see the site of ancient prophecies, via the “Oracle” and discuss the mystery that surrounds this psychic priestess. After lunch, we will head back to Athens where we will enjoy a final meal together and a time of recap!

Day 8

Depart from Athens with a lifetime of great memories!

Training Theme: “Connecting the Dots: Understanding Changing Culture and Trends”
Here in the center of philosophy and great thinkers, students will study what it means to have a truly Christian philosophy of life and leadership. In a practical, humorous and life-changing way we will study various worldviews and ways of thinking about the world. We will study fascinating generational shifts in thinking, trends in entertainment/media, changing societal values and discuss where American culture and global culture are headed!