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

  • Start & End times
    February 13, 2023 - February 15, 2023
    3:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Take Heart!

Strength and Confidence for Demanding Days

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

February 13-15, 2023

Bergamo Center — Beavercreek, OH (near Dayton)

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 these chaotic days.

Presenters for the Retreat 

Rev. David C. Fleming

Executive Director for Spiritual Care


Beverly Yahnke

Dr. Beverly K. Yahnke 

Executive Director for Christian Counsel


Bergamo Center 4400 Shakertown Rd Beavercreek, OH Convention & Meeting Facilities & Service - MapQuestLocation: The retreat sessions and single occupancy lodging will be at the Bergamo Center, in Beavercreek, OH (near Dayton).  Learn more about the venue: click here Address and directions:  click here

Cost:  LCMS pastors may register online from this web page and will attend at no cost. Registration includes instructional materials, meals, receptions, and lodging. This retreat is for pastors only.

Schedule:  Event check-in begins at 2:15 p.m. and the event begins at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13th. The retreat ends by 1:30 p.m. on February 15th. Tentative event schedule:  click here

Registration is open through January 29, 2023

Please direct questions or cancellations to Nancy Ewert at