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 and 2022.  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!”

2022 “Take Heart!” Pastors Respite Retreats:

  • January 24-26, 2022 – Green Lake, WI — Registration has closed
  • February 14-16, 2022 – Federal Way, WA — Registration has closed
  • April 25-27, 2022 – Lake Dallas, TX — Registration has closed
  • May 10-12, 2022 – OR Spring Pastors Conference in Corvallis, OR — Registration has closed
  • May 15-17, 2022 – MI West Region Pastors Conference in Traverse City, MI — Registration has closed
  • July 25-27, 2022 – Donaldson, IN — Registration has closed
  • September 12-14, 2022 – Middleton, WIRegistration has closed
  • October 10-12, 2022 – Bradenton, FL  learn more—  Registration has closed.  Contact Nancy Ewert to learn if seats are still available.
  • October 17-19, 2022 – Federal Way, WA  learn more & register

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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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