Lyfe

Living Your Faith Everyday

Ready for a weekend of biblical teaching, meaningful worship and lasting encouragement with other women? Join us for LYFE Women’s Conference at Clarks Summit University!

Be refreshed as you step away from distractions to be reminded that you are loved by God.

Incomplete...and That's Ok!

Sometimes we all feel like we fall short. We pretend to be something we’re not. We put our best faces on social media so the world will never know. But, what if we were never meant to be complete on our own? The truth is, God made us to need Him. When we acknowledge we are incomplete in ourselves, we will find our need met in Jesus. Then, we can truly live the full life God has promised us.

LYFE has been a favorite event for thousands of women from across the eastern United States since 1983. You’ll hear solid biblical teaching by dynamic speakers and learn in practical, biblically-focused breakout sessions. You will leave encouraged and equipped to live out your faith in Christ.

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May 29–30, 2020

Questions?

Please contact us at LYFE@ClarksSummitU.edu or, call us at 570.585.9198.

Keynote Speaker: Sheila Walsh

Sheila Walsh is a Scottish girl who loves to teach God’s Word to the over 6 million women she’s spoken to around the world. She loves making the Bible practical and sharing her own story of how God met her when she was at her lowest point and lifted her up again. She has sold more than 5 million books including her 2018 release “It’s okay not to be ok, moving forward one day at a time.” She is also the co-host of the television program Life Today and loves to support missions through the Life Today ministry, working worldwide to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, provide medical help to the sick, and rescue boys and girls from sex slavery. Sheila lives in Dallas with her husband, Barry; her son, Christian; and two little dogs—Tink and Maggie.

Special Guest: Ginny Owens

Ginny Owens is an award-winning singer/songwriter known for lyrically-driven, acoustic-style music in her nearly two-decade long career. Her latest album “Love Be The Loudest,” throws off expectations and inspires her fans to seek God’s voice above all others. The Gospel Music Association named Owens “New Artist of the Year” in 2000, and the songstress went on to earn two additional Dove Awards. She’s appeared in films and television shows, co-authored “Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God and What Does He Want From Us,” blogs at ginnyowens.com, is the creator of the “How I See It” video series and has served as an adjunct professor in the songwriting department at Belmont University.

“I want my music to bring comfort and hope—reminding people that God knows and loves them. I want to invite heart change and call us to action, too.”

Workshops:

Get inspiration from the 2019 workshops. Check back for updated workshops and speakers for 2020!

Shhh…Shhh…Get Quiet

Joana Arp
What do we do when life seems unfair? How do we cope when our circumstances seem overwhelming? We talk and complain, and we express our hurts to one another. Psalm 62 instructs us to get quiet and think. Come study Psalm 62 and find out how to get quiet in the midst of stress and calamity.

God saved Joanna  Arp at an early age and she began to teach the Bible in high school. Throughout these years of studying and teaching, she has been nourished and instructed. Since the death of her husband she has been meditating on the Psalms. These Psalms have been a life saver and a source of strength.   She has discovered that now God is her only source of security and safety as she is walking this part of her journey alone.

When It’s Not Your Fault, but You Pay the Price Anyway

Sherry Boykin
It’s bad enough to feel distressed or frustrated as a result of your own actions or oversights, but it’s far worse to be derailed by someone else’s blunder and to be called to judgment because of it. Find out how to achieve and maintain peace amid catastrophe as we walk through the story of Jephthah’s daughter. See how she embraces restraint and manages to be still—even when circumstances require her to pay an extreme price for what is not her fault.

Sherry Boykin loves to present biblical narratives alongside the backdrop of her experiences in urban and suburban ministries, Amazon jungle missions, long-term singleness, and marriage and parenting.  Sherry, her husband Ted, and their seventh-grade daughter Kaki do life with fifty guys on campus in Loescher Hall.

Reflections on Resiliency and Recovery: Faith-filled Women in an Abuse-Filled World

Lynelle Buchanan
The news is full of illustrations of sin’s reign in our world, and women are often negatively impacted.  This workshop will discuss a biblical view of abuse and oppression, and equip attenders to respond to hurting women with wisdom and compassion.

Dr. Lynelle Buchanan is a pastor’s wife, mom of 3, and the Chair of the Counseling Programs at Clarks Summit University.  She speaks often to women’s groups about how we should live in light of Scripture.  Her life keeps her pretty busy, but if she had any spare time, she would love to read, play volleyball, and travel.

Look At Your Selfie: Thriving as a Pastor’s Wife

Sharon Davis
As a pastor’s wife you may find yourself in need of encouragement and refreshment. Research shows that ministry is one of the most stressful and, for some, unhappy vocations. Where can you find the help you need? Who takes care of you? This workshop seeks to make practical recommendations about how to not only survive but to thrive as a ministry spouse.

Sharon Davis lives in Clarks Summit with her husband Ken, is the mother of 4 married children, and Nana to 17 grandchildren. Sharon and her husband have been in missions and church planting ministry in the USA for almost 45 years. She enjoys coming alongside women in ministry, mentoring next generation leaders, traveling overseas, worshipping in multi-ethnic congregations, reading, baking, spending time with family, drinking iced tea, and eating chocolate and boysenberry pie.

Following Jesus in a Pluralistic Society

Ken Gardoski
Living the Christian life in America today is becoming more like the experience of first century believers. We hold a minority view, floating like a tiny raft in a vast pluralistic ocean of non-Christian worldviews. How should we live as faithful followers of Jesus in a pluralistic society? In this workshop you will get a handle on basic yet crucial facts and definitions that will keep you grounded in your Christian faith and equip you to talk with people whose beliefs are very different from yours.

Dr. Ken Gardoski came to faith in Christ in college. After sensing God’s leading toward vocational ministry, he completed studies at Baptist Bible Seminary. Ken and his family then served as missionaries in Poland for eight years. For the past nineteen years, Ken has taught theology at Baptist Bible Seminary, where he also serves as director of doctoral programs.

Still Anxious? Still Anxious.

Heather Hall
We know we shouldn’t, but we do it anyway: worry. Do you feel like you should have a better handle on anxiety after all the years you’ve walked with God? Are you a new believer wondering when victory and freedom from anxiety is coming? Do you want to know more about how to help someone struggling with anxiety? Come get some practical tools to still the anxious.

Dr. Heather Hall has been watching God heal hurts through biblical counseling for over fifteen years. A National Certified Counselor and a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor, she has experience working with special needs children and the elderly, as well as individuals struggling with anxiety and depression. She teaches online and residential courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at CSU. At the end of June she will receive her most favorite title of “Mrs.” and work on completing marriage 101 courses.

Your Identity in Christ: Do you really believe you have one?

Christie Lothamer
Your identity in Christ is everything. You have all of it you’ll ever need. You don’t need more information (though, I’ll give you some); you need more courage to walk by faith in what you already know.  I’m pleased to join you virtually this year to think with you about our relationship in Christ.  I hope to encourage and motivate you to believe what is true of you, live in it, and let it affect all that you do.

Christie Lothamer, one with Christ. Can I really put any anything else in my bio when I’m speaking about being defined by the reality of our identity in Christ.?  I’m just a woman, like you, whose been graced with an identity in Christ. I’m learning to live out that identity while I go about my calling as a wife, mother of 3, missionary in the UK, church planter, neighbor, and barista.

The Bible Still Has Power to Change Lives

Diane Lytle
You know that God’s Word is living and powerful in your own life. Now it’s time to ignite that passion in the lives of others. Discover some basic principles for teaching the Bible to any age and in any situation, along with creative techniques that will spark life change in your learners.

When Diane began helping out at LYFE as a married student, she never imagined that she would end up as the conference director! When she and her husband returned to Clarks Summit University after serving as missionaries to South Africa, she took over the reins of the conference and also began teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in our distance education program. She and Jim (Clarks Summit University’s president) enjoy ministering together as they travel representing the university. Their four daughters live in California, Washington DC, South Africa, and Connecticut. She visits them as often as she can, but not as often as she would like!

Still Fighting?

Jim Lytle
Conflict is as inevitable to human relationships as sunrise is to the morning. How can a wife take up her role as the helper God has designed her to be for her husband without creating conflict that might hurt their relationship? How can you bring your unique contributions to church or work without fostering conflict? I have some good news and some bad news for you, and both of them will come directly from God’s Word.

Dr. Jim Lytle became the tenth president of Clarks Summit University in 2015.  He taught Bible and theology here, and then served as a church planter and educator in South Africa. He and Diane have been happily married for forty-four years (and that does not seem possible). They have four daughters: a nurse who is also a senior designer for a tech company, a historian who is also an educator, an administrative assistant who is also South African, and an equestrian enthusiast who is also a veterinarian.  

God is Listening. Are you Praying?

Terry Perrine
Don’t let the problems around you drive you crazy. Instead, let them drive you to your knees in prayer! Join me as we look at some Old Testament people who faced some overwhelming troubles. We will talk about what we can learn from their prayers and God’s responses, and how we can apply the lessons in these stories in a way that can positively impact both our prayer lives and our response to life’s problems.

Terry Perrine is working on completing her Master of Divinity degree at CSU’s Baptist Bible Seminary by May of 2020. Her favorite part of the program so far has been learning the biblical languages, which has helped her not only to better communicate the meaning of biblical passages to a contemporary audience but to come to know God better. Her passion is teaching and helping women to connect with and rely on the truth of God’s Word for every challenge life brings and to encourage them to be lifelong students of the Bible. She and her husband Donald have been married for 11 years and live in the remote mountains of northern Pennsylvania. Having  lived in NYC for 10 years, she feels blessed to be surrounded by so much of God’s natural creation now, and she and Don enjoy exploring their nearby Ricketts Glen State Park.

Acknowledging Loss: Coming Alongside Those Who are Grieving

Sarah Lynn Phillips
We want to care for those around us who are hurting but often don’t know how. We feel inadequate. We’re uncertain about what to say or do, and we sure don’t want to make things worse. Join me as we explore the implications of loss and ways to help those in crisis. We will also consider how to come alongside those who are grieving the death of a loved one.

Sarah Lynn Phillips writes articles, devotions, and poems that have appeared in numerous online and print publications. Her life story has many wonderful chapters, but it has taken some unexpected turns, including a near-fatal car crash and, twelve years later, the passing of her husband, Barry. Sarah offers a vision of hope in hard times and has authored the award-winning book, Penned Without Ink: Trusting God to Write Your Story and its companion Leader’s Guide.

An Unending Joy ride

Candice Richards
“Life is hard!” Isn’t that the truth? The apostle Paul said it best: “we are hard pressed on every side… perplexed… persecuted”  (2 Cor. 4:8-9). Life seems to be filled with more sour days than sweet! So how does the woman of God maintain joy in the midst of the harsh realities of life this side of heaven? Join me as we uncover the not-so-secret formula in God’s Word to unending joy. It’s going to be an unforgettable ride!

Candice Richards was born and raised on the island of Jamaica and surrendered her life to Jesus at the age of 10.  Ever since then, God has been actively molding and making her into a vessel for His honor.  In 1998 she married her  soulmate James and passionately embraced her role as the wife of a pastor. They migrated to the United States in 2008 and subsequently helped to plant a multi-ethnic church in the Poconos under the auspices of Project Jerusalem (a church-planting ministry of Clarks Summit University). Candice loves the Lord and has a strong desire to help others love Him too.  When she is not working at her full-time job in the finance industry, she finds deep joy in serving her heavenly Father alongside her husband.

Discipling Others for LYFE

Wayne Slusser
Yes, there is a cost to follow Jesus. Yet, it is also a joy and a privilege. But what does following Jesus look like? And how do I help others follow Jesus? In this workshop you will learn practical steps to disciple others for LYFE while also establishing appropriate and necessary plans for accountability toward godliness.

Dr. Wayne Slusser graduated with his Master of Divinity and joined the faculty of Baptist Bible College & Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, where he taught for 14 years and was a co-pastor of a church plant. He earned his Ph.D. in New Testament from Baptist Bible Seminary at Clarks Summit University. He is now the Dean and professor of New Testament at BBS and coaches the CSU women’s soccer team. He and his wife, Melissa, have two children: Jack and Nick.

What Single People Won’t Tell You, But I Will!

Kris Schill
Do you have single friends? What about people at your church? Come hear what single people think. Whether they are single because of divorce, death, denial or a decision, let’s step into the mind and heart of single women and see how we can connect, encourage and minister to them in a meaningful way.

Kris is a 40-something year old single women who loves the life God has given to her. She graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s degree in 1994 and taught Christian schools for 18 years until God redirected her life to return to CSU seven years ago.  She earned her master’s degree last year in Organizational Leadership from CSU. She is passionate about connecting with people and she makes it her goal for everyone who comes into her space to feel important and encouraged. Her job in Admissions gives her the opportunity to meet new people on a daily basis, but the highlight of her year is spending time communicating with the women of LYFE. 

 

LYFE Conference Costs

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CONFERENCE
(no housing)

Includes Friday lunch, dinner;
Saturday breakfast, lunch.
Early Bird $135
Student $115

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CONFERENCE
(with housing Friday night)

Includes Friday lunch, dinner;
Saturday breakfast, lunch.
Early Bird $155
Student $130

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CONFERENCE
(with housing Thursday & Friday night)

Includes Friday breakfast, lunch, dinner;
Saturday breakfast, lunch.
Early Bird $175
Student $140

There are no discounts for late arrivals or partial days. All conference attendees must pre-register.

NECESSITIES:

  • Bedding for TWIN bed (pillow, sheets, blanket or sleeping bag)
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Hair care items (curling iron, hair dryer, etc.)
  • Sweatshirt or jacket (can be cool in sessions!)
  • Comfy pjs
  • Umbrella
  • Bible
  • Mirror (optional)

FUN THINGS TO BRING (especially for free time):

  • Banquet/Dinner outfit (Ladies may choose to dress up for the Friday evening special dinner. This is not required by any means.)
  • Book or magazine, puzzle book (word search, sudoku, etc.)
  • Journal and pen
  • Camera
  • Money for the Underground Café (for coffee, specialty drinks, or smoothies)
  • Money for LYFE merchandise and souvenirs

FAQs for Individuals

Q: How do I register for the LYFE Women’s Conference?

Registration is handled completely online to provide faster service and better accuracy. Just click on registration link on the LYFE page and follow the directions. If you are coming with a group, be sure to get your Group Name from your Group Leader before you register. You will need to enter your Group/Church Name, City and State when you register. You also need to use your group leader’s first and last name when registering so that your group can be housed together and seated together at the banquet. NOTE: You will need to contact your group leader once you have registered so that she knows you have joined her group.

Q: What is a Group Leader?

A Group Leader is the contact person for any group of ladies, no matter the size. The Group Leader’s name and Group/Church name and city/state  is used in the registration process to help identify members of a group that want to be housed together and to answer any questions that arise. Every GROUP needs a Group Leader.

Q: What if I come by myself or with just one friend?

LYFE attendees can register as an individual or as a member of a group/church. If you want to be housed with a friend, choose which one of you will be the leader, register, and give the Group Name and group city/state to your friend. Be sure to use your name as the group leader in order to be housed together and seated together at the banquet.

Q: What if I don’t have an email address?

If you do not have an email address, you may register by using this email address: lyfe@ClarksSummitU.edu. However, we do communicate important information to our LYFE attendees, so it is beneficial if you have an email address so that you can receive added information.

Q: Can you guarantee space for me at the LYFE Conference?

Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. If we run out of room, there are local hotels that offer a discount to our LYFE attendees. A list of area hotels and their discount information can be found on our website under the “Helpful Information” tab on our website.

Q: Do I have to stay on campus?

You are not required to stay on campus. We have divided the fee on the registration site so that you may choose to stay on campus or not. Many offer a Clarks Summit University-LYFE discount.

Q: If I stay on campus, what are the rooms like?

You will be housed with another woman in a dorm room with two twin beds per room. Each suite of three rooms shares a bathroom. 

Q: May I have a private room on campus?

All rooms are double occupancy.

Q: How should I dress for the conference?

Dress is casual for most of the conference, but many women decide to dress up for the Friday night banquet. Wear comfortable shoes since you will be walking between buildings to attend workshops, meals and other sessions.

Q: What is the food like?

All of our delicious meals are served in the campus Dining Hall. They include full hot breakfasts and light lunches on Friday and Saturday; breaks with beverages, fruit and other snacks; and a very special candlelight banquet on Friday night. If you have special dietary needs, just contact Aladdin Food Service when you arrive, and they will be happy to accommodate you.

Q: Can I purchase other food or snacks at the conference?

The Underground Café offers a variety of specialty coffees, teas, smoothies, and other beverages, along with some snack items. Vending machines for soda, water and snacks are also located around campus.

Q: Do you have LYFE souvenirs?

The LYFE Store has themed merchandise such as t-shirts, mugs, and jewelry for sale. The profits are used for a scholarship fund for women Clarks Summit University students who have exemplary Christian character, are heading toward vocational ministry, are working their way through school, and have extreme financial need.

Q: May I smoke or consume alcohol on campus?

Smoking and/or the consumption of alcohol is not permitted anywhere on our campus.

Q: May I bring my nursing baby?

We are sorry, but our facilities are not set up to accommodate babies or children.

Q: What if I need to cancel?

LYFE Cancellation Policy

You may cancel a registration on or before May 15 by e-mailing lyfe@ClarksSummitU.edu and selecting one of three options:
1. Receive a refund of the registration fee less a $50.00 cancellation fee.
2. Send a substitute in your place. (Please provide the substitute’s first and last name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number.)
3. Transfer your registration fee to LYFE 2020.

If your registration is cancelled after the deadline, no refund will be given.

Q: How do we register for LYFE Women’s Conference?

Registration is handled completely online to provide faster service and better accuracy. Just click on the registration link on the LYFE page and follow the directions.

Q: Can I register my whole group at once?

Yes, we have streamlined online registration to make group registration easier. Just follow the directions for Group Leaders by registering yourself; then keep adding more registrations until you have registered everyone in your group. You will only need to enter the information about your group once.

Q: Can I add more to my group later?

Yes, you can return to our website at another time to register someone else by using your Group Leader name and Group/Church name, city and state.

Q: Can my ladies register online themselves?

Yes, the ladies in your group can register themselves, but you MUST register yourself first so that you can give them your Group Leader name and Group/Church name, city and state. That is how we will know that they are part of your group, and we can house you together and seat you together at the banquet.

Q: What is the advantage of my ladies registering themselves?

Each woman can make her own full payment (check or credit card) without giving out her personal financial information.

Q: What are the disadvantages of registering everyone myself?

You will need to gather everyone’s personal information and collect all the registration fees, paying for everyone at once with your check or credit/debit card.

Q: How will I know which ladies have registered for my group?

You will need to communicate to the ladies in your church/group. Each lady will be responsible to notify you when they have registered. They can forward their confirmation email that they receive upon their registration submission or reach out to you in another manner that you set up. Please be sure to provide your ladies with your Group Leader name and your Group/Church name, city and state that they will need to use when they register. This helps us so that we can be sure to keep your group together when arranging housing and banquet seating.

Q: What if some of my ladies don’t have an email address?

If someone does not have an email address, you may register by using this email address for her: (LYFE@ClarksSummitU.edu). Please note: if possible, we would suggest that each individual use her own email address so that she will receive the LYFE Conference email updates that are sent out to conference attendees.

Q: How do we pay for the LYFE Conference?

During the registration process, you may select check or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover). Once the full payment is processed and approved, your registration will be complete.

Q: When will our places be reserved?

If you pay with a credit card, your place will usually be reserved immediately. If you pay by check, we will wait until your check has been received and cleared before reserving your place, so please send checks immediately after you register.

Q: Can you guarantee space for all of us at the LYFE Conference?

Space is limited, so please encourage your ladies to register as soon as possible. Due to the high volume of registrations, we are unable to offer a waiting list for on-campus housing.

Q: Do we have to stay on campus?

No, you are not required to stay on campus. We have divided the fee on the registration site so that you may choose to stay on campus or not. A list of area hotels that are offering a LYFE discount is available on our website.

Q: If we stay on campus, what are the rooms like?

You will be housed in our residence halls. Each room has two twin beds per room. Each suite of three rooms shares a bathroom. If you have an odd number of ladies, one will be housed with a member of another odd-numbered group. If you would rather have that person housed with the rest of your group, please notify the LYFE Registrar (LYFE@ClarksSummitU.edu), and we may be able to place an extra mattress in one of your rooms.

Q: When do I need to let you know if we would like three in a room?

Please let the LYFE Registrar (LYFE@ClarksSummitU.edu) know at least one month in advance if you would like three in a room. 

Q: What is the best way to contact the LYFE Registrar if I have questions?

The fastest way to contact the LYFE Registrar is through email (LYFE@ClarksSummitU.edu). If you do not have email access or prefer phone calls, you can contact her at 570.585.9198.

Q: What if someone needs to cancel?

LYFE Cancellation Policy:

A $50 cancellation fee per person is included in each registration. Should you cancel your registration, you will be refunded the amount minus the $50 cancellation fee.

An additional $30 per registration will be charged for registrations received after May 1.

You may cancel a registration on or before May 15 by e-mailing LYFE@ClarksSummitU.edu and selecting one of three options:
1. Receive a refund of the registration fee less a $50.00 cancellation fee.
2. Send a substitute in your place. (Please provide the substitute’s first and last name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number.)
3. Transfer your registration fee to LYFE 2020.

If your registration is cancelled after the deadline, no refund will be given.

Attendance at the LYFE conference is limited—register early!

A $50 cancellation fee per person is included in each registration. Should you cancel your registration, you will be refunded the amount minus the $50 cancellation fee.

An additional $30 per registration will be charged for registrations received after April 16.

You may cancel a registration on or before May 15 by e-mailing LYFE@ClarksSummitU.edu and selecting one of three options:
1. Receive a refund of the registration fee less a $50.00 cancellation fee.
2. Send a substitute in your place. (Please provide the substitute’s first and last name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number.)
3. Transfer your registration fee to LYFE 2021.

If your registration is cancelled after the deadline, no refund will be given.

LYFE Conference Schedule
May 29–30, 2020

Check-in opens between 6:30–9:30 p.m. on Thursday and continues Friday morning from 8–9:15 a.m. There will be a special concert Friday night at 7:30 p.m. featuring recording Christian artist Ginny Owens.
The conference concludes on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

LYFE Promotional Materials

Please CHECK BACK FOR FREE items to help promote the LYFE Women’s Conference with your friends and others:

  • LYFE promotional video (on YouTube)
  • LYFE promotional poster (COMING SOON)
  • Image for PowerPoint (COMING SOON)
  • Image for PowerPoint (widescreen—COMING SOON)
  • LYFE bulletin insert (color—COMING SOON)
  • LYFE bulletin insert (grayscale—COMING SOON)

LYFE Scholarship

The LYFE Scholarship helps many of CSU’s women students who work very hard to finance their education at Clarks Summit University by themselves. It can be a great “load lifter” to award them a scholarship.

Several years ago the LYFE Scholarship began at the request of LYFE attendees who wanted to show their appreciation to Clarks Summit University. Thus, a scholarship fund was set up to be used in assisting students to be Christ-centered, career-ready CSU graduates.

Most of the money is raised through product sales at the LYFE Store, but some women also give extra gifts towards the fund.

Watch the video testimonies of four of the students who received the 2018 LYFE scholarship and see how the dollars raised are affecting lives.

VIDEO: LYFE Scholarship

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