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

  • Start & End times
    September 23, 2022 - September 25, 2022
    3:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Take Heart!

Renewed to Be a Blessing

A Retreat for Teachers & Commissioned Ministers — Presented by DOXOLOGY and the LCMS Office of National Mission

September 23-25, 2022

The Catholic Conference Center – Hickory, North Carolina

The “Take Heart!” respite retreats invite all teachers and all church workers to step away for a few days. The retreat will provide rest and renewal for all dedicated teachers and for all commissioned ministers who have served faithfully throughout and beyond COVID challenges. The goal is to serve the servants and have them return to their schools and parishes refreshed for the work God has given them to do.

These retreats are fully funded by the LCMS Office of National Mission; there is no cost for participants to attend!

PLEASE NOTE:  Respite retreat registration is available only for those Teachers and Commissioned Ministers who are actively serving an LCMS church, school, or institution.

The respite retreat features:

  • Worship where participants can gratefully receive the Word.
  • Mutual conversation and interaction of the participants.
  • Exploration of spiritual care resources.
  • Christian psychological tools/strategies for resilience and application in home, school and parish settings.
  • Table talk among participants to allow for important sharing, debriefing, and problem-solving.

This retreat will provide encouragement for ministry, enhance confidence in ministry and will strengthen all teachers and all commissioned ministers.  Respite retreat participants often report, “this is just what I needed!”

Presenters for the Retreat 

Rev. David C. Fleming

Executive Director for Spiritual Care


Beverly Yahnke

Dr. Beverly K. Yahnke 

Executive Director for Christian Counsel


CCC – 040214 – center2 – Catholic Conference CenterLocation:  The retreat sessions and single occupancy lodging will be at the Catholic Conference Center, in Hickory, NC.  Learn more about the venue: click here. Address and directions: click here

Cost: All Teachers and Commissioned ministers may register online from this web page and will attend at no cost. (There are no provisions for spouse or family members to attend.) Registration includes instructional materials, meals, receptions, and lodging.

Schedule:  Event check-in begins at 2:15 p.m. and the event begins at 3:00 p.m. on September 23rd.  The retreat ends by 1:15 p.m. on September 25th.  Tentative event schedule will be posted soon.

Registration is open through September 8th, 2022

Please direct questions or cancellations to Nancy Ewert at