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July 12, 2013

Practical Apps For Youth Leaders at Kingdom Bound

A Seminar a Day on Spiritual Formation, Interpreting Scripture, and Breaking Stereotypes August 5-7 at Darien Lake

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – During this year’s Kingdom Bound Festival, Northeastern Seminary (NES) at Roberts Wesleyan College will present a series of instructive lectures in the Rock Talk Pavilion designed for youth pastors and other adults who minister to young people.

David Crowder at the NES sponsored pavilion at Kingdom BoundNES returns as sponsor of the festival’s Rock Talk program in Pavilion 3, where youth pastors and workers can receive good counsel and resources from festival artists, seminary instructors, and other experts on youth culture and ministry. Kingdom Bound 2013 takes place August 4-7 at Darien Lake Theme Park in Darien Center, N.Y.

Designed to equip pastors and lay leaders serving young people, three seminars will be led by members of the seminary community and are offered daily at 12 noon and 1:30 p.m.

The first seminar, titled “What Happens When the Bible Doesn’t Say I Can’t: A Practical Approach Reflecting God’s Image,” is led by Dr. Nijay Gupta, professor of biblical theology and exegesis at NES. It tackles the dynamic of the Christian’s desire for a Bible passage to tell them what to do or not to do with their bodies, like “flee sexual immorality,” and a responsible way for applying what it means to be human and to reflect God’s image.

“Something They Never Knew They Needed: A Practical Approach to Spiritual Formation in Teens” is the second seminar. It investigates what spiritual formation looks like for adolescents and for those who provide leadership for them as well as how one can cultivate the readiness and engagement that allows formation to flourish. Doug Milne (M.Div. ‘10), adjunct professor at Roberts Wesleyan College and pastor at Grace Church of the Nazarene in North Chili, N.Y. is the presenter.

The third seminar, led by Larry Petry (M.Div. ’14), youth pastor at open Arms Community Church in Gerry, N.Y., unpacks the tendency to operate according to a one-size-fits-all image that allows us to be accepted and effective.  “A Clothing Store for Everyone: A Practical Approach Toward Authenticity and Breaking Stereotypes” address ways of looking beyond imposed stereotypes for living a life of faith and developing the courage to pursue authenticity and accept it in others.

As an event sponsor the Seminary enables several underprivileged and special needs children and families to attend the festival.

Register for the festival, which includes free access to the seminars, online at:

About Northeastern Seminary:

Since opening its doors in 1998, Northeastern Seminary on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College has continued to grow in prominence as a significant resource for the church community in upstate New York. Northeastern Seminary is a multi-denominational graduate school of theology offering five academically and professionally accredited degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Theology and Social Justice, Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership, and Doctor of Ministry.  The student body is comprised of more than 30 different Christian faith traditions represented among 180 students and 350 graduates ministering around the nation and world.  For more information visit or call 585.594.6800.