AUGUST 3-7, 2025

Tour the Seven Churches of Revelation with Jonathan Leeman

Two millenia ago, Jesus revealed himself to the Apostle John. The Word given to the Seven Churches of Asia is the same inspired scripture that teaches Christ's churches today.

You'll be accompanied by both an expert guide and Jonathan Leeman, a trusted church pastor, as you explore the depths of Scripture in the midst of the ruins where that Word was first sent.

Meet Jonathan

Jonathan Leeman is an elder at Cheverly Baptist Church in suburban Washington, DC, editorial director for 9Marks, and author of How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics for a Divided Age and Authority: How Godly Rule Protects the Vulnerable, Strengthens Communities, and Promotes Human Flourishing. He is a cohost of the Pastors Talk podcast. Jonathan has earned a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in theology and has served as an interim pastor. He is married with four daughters and teaches as an adjunct professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Reformed Theological Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter.

Jonathan Leeman
Pastor, Cheverly Baptist Church
Editorial Director, 9Marks
Adjunct Seminary Professor
Laodicea Pillars
August 3
Arrival
Izmir, Turkey (ADB)

Fly to Izmir, Turkey (Ancient Smyrna), where you'll be greeted by your guide.

Overnight in Izmir

August 4
Day One
Pergamum & Smyrna

Start your journey with a tour of Smyrna, a principal city of the Roman  Empire vying for the title "First City of Asia."

Then take a short drive  to the sweeping views from the Acropolis of Pergamum, the city of  mythological mystery.

Overnight in Izmir

August 5
Day Two
Sardis, Philadelphia, & Thyatira

Enjoy a scenic drive to Hermes Valley where you'll briefly stop to visit Philadelphia, the city of martyrs. Then spend the morning in Sardis, the place of myriad faiths, creeds, and empires.

After lunch, spend some time in Thyatira,  where the Apostle Paul established a strong Christian community  through his ministry.  

Spend the rest of the afternoon driving through the beautiful countryside en route to Laodicea.

Overnight in Pamukkale

August 6
Day Three
Laodicea, Hierapolis, & Collosae

Spend the morning enjoying the beautiful scenery while crossing the Taurus Mountains on your journey north, followed by a tour of the ancient city of Laodicea, a picturesque reminder of the "lukewarm" church.

Later, explore Hierapolis, the land of hot springs, the illusion of snow, and one of the best-preserved ancient theaters in Turkey.

Enjoy a leisurely drive to the coast in the afternoon.

Overnight in Kuşadası

August 7
Day Four
Ephesus

Spend the morning enjoying the ancient city of Ephesus, where the Apostle Paul’s School of Tyrannus unleashed the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Asia.

Enjoy Turkish hospitality and culture for lunch with Osman, witnessing history through the craft of carpet weaving.

Then, visit one of the world’s oldest baptismals at St. John’s Basilica. Spend some time in the Ephesus museum, which houses the original statues of Artemis.

Transfer to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) by 6:00 pm.

*Overnight in Izmir followed by August 8 morning airport transfer available by request.

On Jonathan's Book The Rule of Love: How the Local Church Should Reflect God's Love and Authority:

I don’t know many people who have thought as long, as hard, and as well about the church as Jonathan Leeman. He helps us to reconstruct our idea of the local church, not by rearranging the walls, but by refitting the two floorboards that undergird the church—love and authority. It seems our culture has been drawn to the former and rejected the latter because it has understood neither. In a world that is quick to react, Leeman challenges us to step back and reconsider love, authority, and the way they were designed to relate to each other. He opens our eyes to our hidden assumptions and fears about love and authority. With theological precision and pastoral sensitivity, he does much more than highlight our problems and fears—he also shows us a grand vision for the gospel working in the world through a church that rightly understands love, authority, and their inseparable connection. This is an excellent work for pastors, church members, and even people on the outside trying to make sense of what Christians believe. I am grateful that Jonathan has condensed his years of study about the church and pastoring in the church into a such a potent book, and I’m excited for others to get their hands on this.

John Onwuchekwa
Director of Resources, Christianity Today; author, Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church

On Jonathan's Book The Rule of Love: How the Local Church Should Reflect God's Love and Authority:

In an age when authority is often undermined in the name of love, Leeman helpfully reminds us that love and authority are not opposites. Instead, he refreshes us with the biblical reality that love isn’t defined by itself at all, but is defined by God. That also means that we cannot love our families, our churches, our neighbors, or our friends and leave God out of the picture. We love truly when we love for Christ’s sake as we are brought into the orbit of God’s love for himself.

Abigail Dodds
Author, Bread of Life; (A)Typical Woman; and A Student’s Guide to Womanhood

On Jonathan's Book The Rule of Love: How the Local Church Should Reflect God's Love and Authority:

It is not only our society that is confused about what true love is and its proper relationship to authority, but also, sadly, the church. After perceptively diagnosing the condition of our culture, Jonathan Leeman offers a biblically and theologically faithful antidote to the distorted views of love and authority that we too often have embraced. Rightly grounded first in our triune God’s holy love before moving to how love and authority function in the church, this book is a must-read if God’s people are to recapture the beauty and glory of how our local churches ought to reflect God’s love and authority before a watching world. My prayer and hope is that this book will be not only carefully read but also put into practice in our daily lives for the health of the church and the glory of our triune God.

Stephen J. Wellum
Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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Exclusions

Traveler insurance
International flight tickets
Visa Fees
In-country transportation outside of tours
Alcoholic beverages
Extra personal fees
Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Tips for guide and driver

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