includes all materials, meals, evening receptions, and lodging.

  • Start & End times
    October 5, 2021 - October 7, 2021
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Take Heart!

Strength and Confidence for Demanding Days

A Retreat Presented by DOXOLOGY and the LCMS Office of National Mission

October 5 – 7, 2021

Toddhall Retreat Center — Columbia, IL

The “Take Heart!” retreat provides an excellent opportunity for respite, rest and renewal for pastors. This is a gift that heartens not only the pastor attending the event, but also enhances his subsequent influence and counsel for brother pastors and for his parish. The retreat pays dividends that multiply the positive outcomes exponentially.

This is an advanced educational training experience intended to provide respite, rest and renewal for LCMS pastors.  “Take Heart!”  underscores four major emphases for healthy ministry:

  • Sustain the work of faithful, confident pastors as they serve their parish
  • Diagnose existing challenges of ministry
  • Respond  confidently to provide strategies, insight, and assistance, as needed
  • Equip pastors with essential spiritual care and psychological resources

This retreat will provide encouragement for ministry, enhance confidence in ministry and will strengthen pastors for ministry during the chaotic days of COVID-19 .

Presenters for the Retreat 

Rev. David C. Fleming

Executive Director for Spiritual Care



Beverly Yahnke

Dr. Beverly K. Yahnke 

Executive Director for Christian Counsel

Location:  The retreat sessions and lodging will be at the Toddhall Retreat Center, Columbia, IL.  Learn more about the venue: click here.  Address and map: click hereToddhall Retreat Center - Robyn Foss

Registration:  LCMS pastors may register online from this web page.

Cost: LCMS pastors may attend the event at no cost.  Pastors are responsible for covering their own transportation.

Schedule:  Event check-in begins at 2:30 p.m. and the event begins at 3:00 p.m. on October 5th.  The conference ends by 3:00 p.m. on October 7th.  You may review the tentative event schedule: click here.

Registration is open through September 20, 2021

Please direct questions or cancellations to Nancy Ewert at