Many churches are fortunate to enjoy a following that relishes traveling with their fellow members. It’s during these trips that community members build lasting relationships and gain meaningful experiences they’ll never forget.
If you have a member at your church who typically plans all the group trips throughout the year, we highly recommend you consider sending them to this year’s Going On Faith Conference.
Why? Three main reasons:
1. BUILD CONGREGATION LOYALTY
Group travel is a wonderful way to engage your congregation beyond any given Sunday. Many churches will organize a trip to a ballgame or theater to enjoy each other’s company. As memories are made and relationships deepened, these trips act as an invisible cement of loyalty, bonding members to each other and to your church.
2. CONNECT WITH NEW MEMBERS
Organized travel is an effective way to increase church membership. When new members are looking for a church, they often seek not only spiritual guidance, but also a broader community to welcome them. If a family is new to town, there is great comfort in knowing that they can join a network of like-minded people and immerse themselves in their new town.
3. LEARN, LEARN, AND LEARN SOME MORE
Throughout the two and a half days of Going on Faith, there are keynote addresses, presentations and two open marketplaces. There’s plenty to soak up and learn. This year’s keynote address is being given by acclaimed hospitality travel & tourism speaker Keith Powell. In the marketplaces, faith-based travel planners and industry delegates meet for one-on-one discussions.
Currently in its 12th year, the Going On Faith Conference brings together 150 churches from all faith denominations across the country. The Conference is a three-day event in Ontario, California from August 9 - 11, 2016.
A 12-year veteran of the group travel industry, Joe specializes in building new business, strengthening relationships with business partners and stakeholders, coaching, and mentoring.
He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Public Accountant. Joe serves as an usher of his church and is a founding member of the St. Paul School Foundation. Joe and his wife Amy have five children and live in Salem, Ohio.