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:

  • Jan 27-29, 2021 – Green Lake, WI
  • Feb 3-5, 2021 – Plymouth, IN
  • Feb 8-10, 2021 – Bel Aire, KS
  • Apr 19-21, 2021 – Green Lake, WI
  • Apr 26-28, 2021 – Plymouth, IN
  • May 24-26, 2021 – Bel Aire, KS
  • Jun 7-9, 2021 – Aurora, NE (for NE & IA-W LCMS District CV’s only)
  • Jun 21-23, 2021 – Boise, ID
  • Jun 28-30, 2021 – Citrus Heights, CA
  • Sep 13-15, 2021 – Marvin, SD
  • Sep 20-22, 2021 – Bolivar, PA
  • Oct 5-7, 2021 – Columbia, IL
  • Nov 16-18, 2021 – Plymouth, IN

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

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Doxology provides a safe environment for clergy to reflect on their own spiritual and emotional health and assists them to review and enhance their professional competencies and skills as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s sacred mysteries.

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