Nurturing the Soul of Ministry

November 2, 2019

Join Northeastern Seminary for a spiritual retreat with keynote speaker Dr. David C. Olsen. Immerse yourself in a slower-paced day and respond to your soul's yearning for understanding and intimate relationship with others. Worship, prayer, teaching, fellowship, and personal reflection time will reveal all aspects of life as a catalyst for spiritual formation and engagement in our faith.

Retreat Schedule

  • 9:00 a.m. | Registration & Light Breakfast
  • 10:00 | Opening Prayer Service
  • 10:30 | Session One with Dr. David Olsen
  • 11:15 | Silent Personal Reflection Time
  • 12:00 p.m. | Small Group or Extended Personal Reflection Time
  • 12:30 | Lunch & Fellowship
  • 1:30 | Session Two with Dr. David Olsen
  • 2:15 | Large Group Reflection & Speaker Q&A
  • 3:00 | Closing Prayer & Communion Service
  • 4:15 | Departure


  • Northeastern Seminary Students/Alumni FREE
  • Guest/Community Member $50.00

A light breakfast, lunch, and access to retreat center grounds are included with registration.

Questions? Contact or 585.594.6420.

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Dr. David C. Olsen

Meet David C. Olsen

David C. Olsen is the Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center located in Scotia, NY. David is a certified marriage and family therapist, clinical member and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a diplomat in the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.

David has authored and co-authored several books including Renewing your Relationship: 5 Necessary Steps (Outskirts Press, 2017), Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), The Spiritual Work of Marriage (Routledge, 2008), The Couple’s Survival Workbook (Echo Point 2001, 2011), When Helping Starts to Hurt (W.W. Norton & Company, 1994), and Integrative Family Therapy (Augsburg Fortress, 1993).

A noted speaker, David presents at many workshops nationally on topics involving families and couples. He is also a sought after consultant to congregations, family businesses, and community-oriented organizations.

About the Retreat Center

Notre Dame Retreat Center

Notre Dame Retreat Center is located on 50 acres of land overlooking Canandaigua Lake. Guests enjoy lake views, walking paths, gardens, a gazebo, and pond. The retreat center’s chapel and numerous meeting rooms offer sacred spaces for reflection, prayer, and conversation.