“Take Heart!” – A Respite Retreat for Pastors

Pastors have labored tirelessly for months to provide faithful Word and Sacrament ministry despite all kinds of COVID-19 prohibitions.

Some pastors, prohibited from offering worship together in-person, and unable to do personal visitations, have experienced discouragement, frustration, anger, anxiety and depletion.  Some congregations are struggling with differences of opinion about so many changes and praying that everyone will return to church sometime in 2021.  Pastors report that it is a time of weariness.

The “Take Heart!” respite retreat is an advanced, continuing education experience intended to provide respite, rest and renewal for pastors. The respite retreat underscores five major emphases for healthy ministry. Pastors will be equipped to:

1)  Diagnose existing challenges emerging in ministry

2)  Respond sensitively to difficult issues  to provide care, insight, and assistance,

3)  Apply spiritual care tools and psychological resources

4)  Diminish future discouragement, despair or depletion.

5)  Sustain the work of faithful, confident ministry as they return to the parish

 The retreat will provide encouragement, enhance confidence, and will strengthen pastors for ministry during COVID colored days. The respite retreat will feature worship, didactic presentations, conversations with the brothers and personal reflection as well as engagement with new strategies and resources.  Some pastors have suggested we call the retreat, “Fill Your Tank!”

Click below to learn more and register for one of the following “Take Heart!” respite retreats:

If you would like your name to be on a waiting list in the event of a cancellation, please email Newert@doxology.us

Reporter Article on Take Heart!

A Brief Video Introduction to Take Heart!

COVID-19: Ministry in Plague Time

During this time of challenge we offer the following resources for pastors and congregations. Our goal is to support faithful pastors in their vital service to the dear souls committed to their care.

Thank you to Pastor’s Wives (Rev. David Fleming)

The Challenge of Clergy Isolation During COVID-19 Days (Dr. Beverly K. Yahnke)

Encouragement for DOX Grads: You Are Sufficient! (Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil)

Encouragement for DOX Grads: Eat Your Bowl First (Rev. David Fleming)

Stewardship as Pastoral Care in the Era of COVID-19 (Rev. Dr. Nathan Meador)

Encouragement for DOX Grads: That They May Have Joy (Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil)

Pray to the Lord of Harvest: Prayer and Christian Mission in the Book of Acts (Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil) Bible Study Magazine September/October 2020, Vol. 12. No. 6 (42-45)

Flattening the Curve: When Anxiety Goes Viral (Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil)

Community in Plague Time (Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil)

O Come Let Us Worship Him: Liturgy in Plague Time (Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil)

Worship in Exile: On Video-Streamed Church Services (Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil)

Holy Callings in Plague Time (Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil)

What Can Christians Learn from this Pandemic? (Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil)

Encouragement for DOX Grads: Videos 

A Word of Encouragement: Boasting in Christ

A Word of Encouragement: Times of Refreshing

A Word of Encouragement: The Vine Supports You

Your Labor in the Lord is Not in Vain

Enduring in Christ

You Are Held in Jesus’ Right Hand

 A Bone is Our Foe’s Weapon

Stewardship in these Challenging Times