Royal Servants

COVID-19 POLICY & PROCEDURE

Bummer!

This trip is not available this year, but don't go anywhere check out our current teams! 
(There might be the perfect fit for you.)

Bummer!

This trip is not available this year, but don't go anywhere check out our current teams! 
(There might be the perfect fit for you.)

Bummer!

This trip is not available this year, but don't go anywhere check out our current teams! 
(There might be the perfect fit for you.)

THIS TRIP IS BY INVITATION FOR ALUMNI ONLY. What does it mean to be a leader? What does it mean to be a leader in God’s Kingdom? How has God shaped and gifted you? We believe true leadership isn’t defined by or limited to a certain spiritual gift, type of personality (outgoing, up-front), gift-set (organized and detailed), or perceived spirituality. We believe people demonstrate leadership when they use the gifts they are given to influence others to become more deeply connected to God and more fully the person God created them to be. On Nehemiah, you will have numerous hands-on opportunities to see your unique gifts in action whether you’re an up-front person or feel more comfortable using your gifts to make a difference behind the scenes.

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Nehemiah

dates

Students:
June 9 – July 31
Staff:

required Support

Students
Base cost
(airfare & Ground)
spending Money
TOTAL:
$
$
$
6250
565
6815
Staff:
Base cost
(airfare & Ground)
spending Money
TOTAL:
$
$
$
6250
register now

What does it mean to be a leader? What does it mean to be a leader in God’s Kingdom? How has God shaped and gifted you? What is He calling you to? These are all great questions that every Christ follower asks at some point. The pursuit of the answers to these questions is why the Nehemiah trip exists.

Nehemiah

dates

Students:
June 9 – July 31
Staff:

required Support

Students
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Staff:
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What does it mean to be a leader? What does it mean to be a leader in God’s Kingdom? How has God shaped and gifted you? What is He calling you to? These are all great questions that every Christ follower asks at some point. The pursuit of the answers to these questions is why the Nehemiah trip exists.

Nehemiah

outreach

outreach

On the Nehemiah trip, we want to approach ministry through one lens—relationship. It permeates everything we do. 

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!

The second location Nehemiah will travel to is Israel. The first few days will be a transition time where we will visit many significant biblical and historical sites in the Galilee region. Then it’s on to Jerusalem for the next phase of ministry. You’ll hang out, help out, and chill out as you focus on building relationships among the shopkeepers within the walls of the Old City. Many past Nehemiah students have found this the most rewarding part of the trip. There will also be additional outreach opportunities with the Bible Society and other local ministries. It will become clear pretty quickly that relationships are possible around every corner. And the exciting thing is that God often uses that potential in such great and unexpected ways.

safety

safety

Royal Servants takes the safety and health of each participant seriously. We go to great lengths to ensure that participants remain healthy and safe throughout the trip. Therefore, no participant is allowed to be alone in any city; Royal Servants always travel in groups of three or more, and when possible, with either a male or Summer Staff in each group. The Trip Leaders also continually monitor conditions within the host country both before and during the trip. If a situation arises that threatens the security of the team, either politically or from environmental conditions, the team will be moved to a stable location.

adventure

adventure

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!

Israel - where else can you explore the hill where the greatest sermon of all time (the Sermon on the Mount) was spoken? Or hike to an ancient fortress that was destroyed by the Romans 2,000 years ago? Where else can you go from standing under a waterfall in a bonafide desert oasis (which also happens to be where David hid from Saul) to floating in the saltiest water in the world, a.k.a. the Dead Sea, in a single day? There really is no place on Earth that is as fun to explore as Israel; some would say it’s epic.

experience culture

experience culture

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!


Get ready for another cultural experience when you get to Israel. You will have a chance to observe and experience the unbridled joy of Shabbat as the Jewish people worship at the Western Wall; you’ll learn about the history and customs of the Jewish people, listen to the Muslim call to prayer, and maybe even jump in and join a traveling bar mitzvah celebration as they parade around Jerusalem. You cannot avoid an amazing cultural experience while in Israel, it just happens.

spiritual growth

spiritual growth

Your Nehemiah summer will challenge you to:

- sharpen your Christian belief system as you encounter other major religions of the world
- learn about yourself through an extensive study of how God has prepared you for ministry
- We will introduce you to your personal SHAPE - Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities (through StrengthsFinder training), Personality, and Experiences.
- build below the waterline through regular encounters with Jesus and His teachings
- learn how to set goals, make plans to accomplish those goals, and trust God to lead you as you work towards those goals
- study the book of Mark and discover the life of Christ in a whole new way in the same location it took place! 
- engage in leadership opportunities throughout the summer as a practical outworking of the things we talk about

Discipleship is not simply a lofty romantic ideal; it involves a “rolling up your sleeves” with everyday determination and intentionality. God is good, and worthy, and worth it all.

who should go

who should go

Maybe the better question is, “Who would do best on Nehemiah?” First and foremost, individuals who have a desire to know God more intimately - those who are spiritually thirsty. They may not have it all together, but they are committed, as Paul says, “to run the race.” We are looking for those who are teachable, open to input, willing to learn from each other, and those who want to understand more about and grow stronger in their unique leadership strengths.

The format of Nehemiah will be different from a normal Royal Servants’ team. The team is built around Leadership Groups (LGs) and Care Groups (CGs). CGs are gender-specific and function as a self-led discipleship group. You’ll meet together to process quiet time assignments and to pray, encourage, and support one another. LGs are mixed gender groups where you will be given leadership responsibilities, from making a meal, leading the team from Chicago through international airports to our destination, or to guiding the team up the hiking trail to Masada. Within your LGs, you’ll learn how to collaborate effectively, set a schedule, give directions, communicate, and problem solve. Your leadership experiences will be varied and valuable.

Nehemiah’s unique preparation begins at Training Camp. In addition to the training you’ll receive, you and the Nehemiah team will help set up camp and get it ready for the coming students and staff. The team will then travel to Chicago with the Trip Leaders to pick up incoming Royal Servants; you’ll likely be the first friendly face the often terrified and confused students will see. Nehemiah will also create, perfect, and then teach the dance, drama, and puppet ministry skills during Training Camp. As you can see, the schedule at Training Camp is going to be full and challenging!

eating & Sleeping

eating & sleeping

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!

In Israel, all you need to do is walk around the corner to find great food! You’ll find that Mediterranean fare is not only good for you, but it is also downright delicious! Have you ever dipped a warm, fresh pita into homemade hummus? You need to! How about munching on shawarma stuffed full of lamb, veggies, french fries, and yummy tzatziki sauce? If you’re especially nice to the leadership, they may show you their favorite falafel stand, which is inside the Old City’s walls and has been in the owner’s family for over 100 years. Eat there once and you’ll know why it’s a favorite … and a secret.

In Israel, you will be staying in hostels and small hotels. If you don’t know what a hostel is, imagine an average American hotel room, subtract the cheesy artwork, add about 8 more bunk beds, reduce the size of the mattress, and there you have it – a hostel! What is most exciting about Israeli hostels is where they are located. Imagine sitting on your balcony on the hills that surround the Sea of Galilee, gazing out over the Sea and the entire surrounding region. It’s breathtaking.

debriefing

Coming home from a mission trip overseas is a difficult transition to make, which is why we believe debriefing is crucial. We want to make sure you process your summer well before returning home and take time to reflect on all that you have experienced throughout the course of the mission trip. Debriefing involves a little beach time, plus massive amounts of laughter, fellowship, reflection, decompression, and pure unadulterated fun in Yafo/Tel Aviv!

debriefing

ministry partners

ministry partners

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!

In Jerusalem, we partner with Palestinian Christ-followers who offer unique insight into what it means to live in the midst of both Muslim and Jewish neighbors. We have formed trusting relationships with shopkeepers in the city over many years, and through relationships of love and trust, reach out to bring the message of Christ and His heart for peace to the people of Jerusalem. We also connect with two Orthodox Jewish brothers who own a shop in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem. They are resident experts on all things Jewish. The brothers serve as a great reference point and are crucial in building bridges of understanding between the Jewish and Christian communities.

street evangelism

street evangelism

On the Nehemiah trip, we want to approach ministry through one lens—relationship. It permeates everything we do. 

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!

The second location Nehemiah will travel to is Israel. The first few days will be a transition time where we will visit many significant biblical and historical sites in the Galilee region. Then it’s on to Jerusalem for the next phase of ministry. You’ll hang out, help out, and chill out as you focus on building relationships among the shopkeepers within the walls of the Old City. Many past Nehemiah students have found this the most rewarding part of the trip. There will also be additional outreach opportunities with the Bible Society and other local ministries. It will become clear pretty quickly that relationships are possible around every corner. And the exciting thing is that God often uses that potential in such great and unexpected ways.

Orphanages

orphanages

Royal Servants takes the safety and health of each participant seriously. We go to great lengths to ensure that participants remain healthy and safe throughout the trip. Therefore, no participant is allowed to be alone in any city; Royal Servants always travel in groups of three or more, and when possible, with either a male or Summer Staff in each group. The Trip Leaders also continually monitor conditions within the host country both before and during the trip. If a situation arises that threatens the security of the team, either politically or from environmental conditions, the team will be moved to a stable location.

Student/School Ministry

student/school ministry

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!

Israel - where else can you explore the hill where the greatest sermon of all time (the Sermon on the Mount) was spoken? Or hike to an ancient fortress that was destroyed by the Romans 2,000 years ago? Where else can you go from standing under a waterfall in a bonafide desert oasis (which also happens to be where David hid from Saul) to floating in the saltiest water in the world, a.k.a. the Dead Sea, in a single day? There really is no place on Earth that is as fun to explore as Israel; some would say it’s epic.

Relationship Building

relationship building

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!


Get ready for another cultural experience when you get to Israel. You will have a chance to observe and experience the unbridled joy of Shabbat as the Jewish people worship at the Western Wall; you’ll learn about the history and customs of the Jewish people, listen to the Muslim call to prayer, and maybe even jump in and join a traveling bar mitzvah celebration as they parade around Jerusalem. You cannot avoid an amazing cultural experience while in Israel, it just happens.

Children's Ministry

children's ministry

Your Nehemiah summer will challenge you to:

- sharpen your Christian belief system as you encounter other major religions of the world
- learn about yourself through an extensive study of how God has prepared you for ministry
- We will introduce you to your personal SHAPE - Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities (through StrengthsFinder training), Personality, and Experiences.
- build below the waterline through regular encounters with Jesus and His teachings
- learn how to set goals, make plans to accomplish those goals, and trust God to lead you as you work towards those goals
- study the book of Mark and discover the life of Christ in a whole new way in the same location it took place! 
- engage in leadership opportunities throughout the summer as a practical outworking of the things we talk about

Discipleship is not simply a lofty romantic ideal; it involves a “rolling up your sleeves” with everyday determination and intentionality. God is good, and worthy, and worth it all.

sports ministry

Coming home from a mission trip overseas is a difficult transition to make, which is why we believe debriefing is crucial. We want to make sure you process your summer well before returning home and take time to reflect on all that you have experienced throughout the course of the mission trip. Debriefing involves a little beach time, plus massive amounts of laughter, fellowship, reflection, decompression, and pure unadulterated fun in Yafo/Tel Aviv!

Sports Ministry

role

Maybe the better question is, “Who would do best on Nehemiah?” First and foremost, individuals who have a desire to know God more intimately - those who are spiritually thirsty. They may not have it all together, but they are committed, as Paul says, “to run the race.” We are looking for those who are teachable, open to input, willing to learn from each other, and those who want to understand more about and grow stronger in their unique leadership strengths.

The format of Nehemiah will be different from a normal Royal Servants’ team. The team is built around Leadership Groups (LGs) and Care Groups (CGs). CGs are gender-specific and function as a self-led discipleship group. You’ll meet together to process quiet time assignments and to pray, encourage, and support one another. LGs are mixed gender groups where you will be given leadership responsibilities, from making a meal, leading the team from Chicago through international airports to our destination, or to guiding the team up the hiking trail to Masada. Within your LGs, you’ll learn how to collaborate effectively, set a schedule, give directions, communicate, and problem solve. Your leadership experiences will be varied and valuable.

Nehemiah’s unique preparation begins at Training Camp. In addition to the training you’ll receive, you and the Nehemiah team will help set up camp and get it ready for the coming students and staff. The team will then travel to Chicago with the Trip Leaders to pick up incoming Royal Servants; you’ll likely be the first friendly face the often terrified and confused students will see. Nehemiah will also create, perfect, and then teach the dance, drama, and puppet ministry skills during Training Camp. As you can see, the schedule at Training Camp is going to be full and challenging!

Cost

On the Nehemiah trip, we want to approach ministry through one lens—relationship. It permeates everything we do. 

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!

The second location Nehemiah will travel to is Israel. The first few days will be a transition time where we will visit many significant biblical and historical sites in the Galilee region. Then it’s on to Jerusalem for the next phase of ministry. You’ll hang out, help out, and chill out as you focus on building relationships among the shopkeepers within the walls of the Old City. Many past Nehemiah students have found this the most rewarding part of the trip. There will also be additional outreach opportunities with the Bible Society and other local ministries. It will become clear pretty quickly that relationships are possible around every corner. And the exciting thing is that God often uses that potential in such great and unexpected ways.

Travel

Royal Servants takes the safety and health of each participant seriously. We go to great lengths to ensure that participants remain healthy and safe throughout the trip. Therefore, no participant is allowed to be alone in any city; Royal Servants always travel in groups of three or more, and when possible, with either a male or Summer Staff in each group. The Trip Leaders also continually monitor conditions within the host country both before and during the trip. If a situation arises that threatens the security of the team, either politically or from environmental conditions, the team will be moved to a stable location.

requirements

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!

Israel - where else can you explore the hill where the greatest sermon of all time (the Sermon on the Mount) was spoken? Or hike to an ancient fortress that was destroyed by the Romans 2,000 years ago? Where else can you go from standing under a waterfall in a bonafide desert oasis (which also happens to be where David hid from Saul) to floating in the saltiest water in the world, a.k.a. the Dead Sea, in a single day? There really is no place on Earth that is as fun to explore as Israel; some would say it’s epic.

approach

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!


Get ready for another cultural experience when you get to Israel. You will have a chance to observe and experience the unbridled joy of Shabbat as the Jewish people worship at the Western Wall; you’ll learn about the history and customs of the Jewish people, listen to the Muslim call to prayer, and maybe even jump in and join a traveling bar mitzvah celebration as they parade around Jerusalem. You cannot avoid an amazing cultural experience while in Israel, it just happens.

growth

Your Nehemiah summer will challenge you to:

- sharpen your Christian belief system as you encounter other major religions of the world
- learn about yourself through an extensive study of how God has prepared you for ministry
- We will introduce you to your personal SHAPE - Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities (through StrengthsFinder training), Personality, and Experiences.
- build below the waterline through regular encounters with Jesus and His teachings
- learn how to set goals, make plans to accomplish those goals, and trust God to lead you as you work towards those goals
- study the book of Mark and discover the life of Christ in a whole new way in the same location it took place! 
- engage in leadership opportunities throughout the summer as a practical outworking of the things we talk about

Discipleship is not simply a lofty romantic ideal; it involves a “rolling up your sleeves” with everyday determination and intentionality. God is good, and worthy, and worth it all.

outreach

outreach

On the Nehemiah trip, we want to approach ministry through one lens—relationship. It permeates everything we do. 

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!

The second location Nehemiah will travel to is Israel. The first few days will be a transition time where we will visit many significant biblical and historical sites in the Galilee region. Then it’s on to Jerusalem for the next phase of ministry. You’ll hang out, help out, and chill out as you focus on building relationships among the shopkeepers within the walls of the Old City. Many past Nehemiah students have found this the most rewarding part of the trip. There will also be additional outreach opportunities with the Bible Society and other local ministries. It will become clear pretty quickly that relationships are possible around every corner. And the exciting thing is that God often uses that potential in such great and unexpected ways.

safety

safety

Royal Servants takes the safety and health of each participant seriously. We go to great lengths to ensure that participants remain healthy and safe throughout the trip. Therefore, no participant is allowed to be alone in any city; Royal Servants always travel in groups of three or more, and when possible, with either a male or Summer Staff in each group. The Trip Leaders also continually monitor conditions within the host country both before and during the trip. If a situation arises that threatens the security of the team, either politically or from environmental conditions, the team will be moved to a stable location.

adventure

adventure

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!

Israel - where else can you explore the hill where the greatest sermon of all time (the Sermon on the Mount) was spoken? Or hike to an ancient fortress that was destroyed by the Romans 2,000 years ago? Where else can you go from standing under a waterfall in a bonafide desert oasis (which also happens to be where David hid from Saul) to floating in the saltiest water in the world, a.k.a. the Dead Sea, in a single day? There really is no place on Earth that is as fun to explore as Israel; some would say it’s epic.

experience culture

experience culture

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!


Get ready for another cultural experience when you get to Israel. You will have a chance to observe and experience the unbridled joy of Shabbat as the Jewish people worship at the Western Wall; you’ll learn about the history and customs of the Jewish people, listen to the Muslim call to prayer, and maybe even jump in and join a traveling bar mitzvah celebration as they parade around Jerusalem. You cannot avoid an amazing cultural experience while in Israel, it just happens.

spiritual growth

spiritual growth

Your Nehemiah summer will challenge you to:

- sharpen your Christian belief system as you encounter other major religions of the world
- learn about yourself through an extensive study of how God has prepared you for ministry
- We will introduce you to your personal SHAPE - Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities (through StrengthsFinder training), Personality, and Experiences.
- build below the waterline through regular encounters with Jesus and His teachings
- learn how to set goals, make plans to accomplish those goals, and trust God to lead you as you work towards those goals
- study the book of Mark and discover the life of Christ in a whole new way in the same location it took place! 
- engage in leadership opportunities throughout the summer as a practical outworking of the things we talk about

Discipleship is not simply a lofty romantic ideal; it involves a “rolling up your sleeves” with everyday determination and intentionality. God is good, and worthy, and worth it all.

training

Coming home from a mission trip overseas is a difficult transition to make, which is why we believe debriefing is crucial. We want to make sure you process your summer well before returning home and take time to reflect on all that you have experienced throughout the course of the mission trip. Debriefing involves a little beach time, plus massive amounts of laughter, fellowship, reflection, decompression, and pure unadulterated fun in Yafo/Tel Aviv!

training

who should go

who should go

Maybe the better question is, “Who would do best on Nehemiah?” First and foremost, individuals who have a desire to know God more intimately - those who are spiritually thirsty. They may not have it all together, but they are committed, as Paul says, “to run the race.” We are looking for those who are teachable, open to input, willing to learn from each other, and those who want to understand more about and grow stronger in their unique leadership strengths.

The format of Nehemiah will be different from a normal Royal Servants’ team. The team is built around Leadership Groups (LGs) and Care Groups (CGs). CGs are gender-specific and function as a self-led discipleship group. You’ll meet together to process quiet time assignments and to pray, encourage, and support one another. LGs are mixed gender groups where you will be given leadership responsibilities, from making a meal, leading the team from Chicago through international airports to our destination, or to guiding the team up the hiking trail to Masada. Within your LGs, you’ll learn how to collaborate effectively, set a schedule, give directions, communicate, and problem solve. Your leadership experiences will be varied and valuable.

Nehemiah’s unique preparation begins at Training Camp. In addition to the training you’ll receive, you and the Nehemiah team will help set up camp and get it ready for the coming students and staff. The team will then travel to Chicago with the Trip Leaders to pick up incoming Royal Servants; you’ll likely be the first friendly face the often terrified and confused students will see. Nehemiah will also create, perfect, and then teach the dance, drama, and puppet ministry skills during Training Camp. As you can see, the schedule at Training Camp is going to be full and challenging!

eating & Sleeping

eating & sleeping

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!

In Israel, all you need to do is walk around the corner to find great food! You’ll find that Mediterranean fare is not only good for you, but it is also downright delicious! Have you ever dipped a warm, fresh pita into homemade hummus? You need to! How about munching on shawarma stuffed full of lamb, veggies, french fries, and yummy tzatziki sauce? If you’re especially nice to the leadership, they may show you their favorite falafel stand, which is inside the Old City’s walls and has been in the owner’s family for over 100 years. Eat there once and you’ll know why it’s a favorite … and a secret.

In Israel, you will be staying in hostels and small hotels. If you don’t know what a hostel is, imagine an average American hotel room, subtract the cheesy artwork, add about 8 more bunk beds, reduce the size of the mattress, and there you have it – a hostel! What is most exciting about Israeli hostels is where they are located. Imagine sitting on your balcony on the hills that surround the Sea of Galilee, gazing out over the Sea and the entire surrounding region. It’s breathtaking.

ministry partners

ministry partners

Information on the first location for Nehemiah is coming soon!

In Jerusalem, we partner with Palestinian Christ-followers who offer unique insight into what it means to live in the midst of both Muslim and Jewish neighbors. We have formed trusting relationships with shopkeepers in the city over many years, and through relationships of love and trust, reach out to bring the message of Christ and His heart for peace to the people of Jerusalem. We also connect with two Orthodox Jewish brothers who own a shop in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem. They are resident experts on all things Jewish. The brothers serve as a great reference point and are crucial in building bridges of understanding between the Jewish and Christian communities.

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