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Focus 2014



“The Bible could not be any clearer. The reason for your entire salvation, the design behind your deliverance, the purpose for which God chose you in the first place is holiness.” — Kevin DeYoung, "The Hole in Our Holiness"

2013 Focus Profile PhotoIf you're a Christian, have you ever wondered, "Why did God save me?" If you are not a Christian, perhaps you have been asking, "Why would God want to save me?" The answer to both questions is the same. Holiness. That's right, "holiness". A somewhat stuffy word with a radically liberating meaning. Jesus saved you (or desires to save you) to make you more like God. To free you from the enslaving power of sin in your life. To transform your very character such that you begin to think like God, act like God, and (though it seems impossible) resemble God!

Yes, the gospel of Jesus offers not only salvation (which is amazingly good news), but also transformation (which is unbelievably great news)!

Join us as we study the topic of holiness in the Bible. Be undone as we begin to understand the holiness of God, be melted as we consider the redemptive work of Jesus for sinners, be transfixed as we see sin defeated at the cross (and in our lives), and be encouraged to ruthlessly pursue holiness in your own life.

"... you shall be my treasured possession ... and you shall be to me a holy nation" (Exodus 19:6).



Separate tracks will be offered only in Week 1 this year.

Track I—Delighting in Your Call: Communing with God in the Psalms

Designed for those who are experiencing Focus for the first time.

Do you want to grow your delight in the Lord, but don't know how? Would you like a practical understanding of how to grow in faith and in delighting in the Lord? In this track we'll put feet to our faith, learning what it looks like to spend time with the Lord and deepen our relationship with Him.


Track II—Walking with Others: Evangelism and Discipleship

Designed for sophomores and those who are anticipating leadership roles next year.

You are learning how to nurture your own faith, but how do you help others in their walk with the Lord? In this track we'll look at the gospels and see how Jesus loved those around him during his earthly ministry. Join us for practical training in how we can make a good investment in others.


Track III (A)—Walking in the Wisdom of the Proverbs

Designed for upperclassmen who have been to tracks I & II.

For many of us, these questions often plague us: "What does wisdom look like? How can I live a life of wisdom and not foolishness?" Those are great questions, and the Bible has clear answers. Join us as we explore the foundations of wisdom in the first 9 chapters of Proverbs. We will explore the beginning (and pursuit) of wisdom, we will examine the Lady & the Tramp, we will expose the heart of lust, and we will hone our love for godly living.


Track III (B)—Life after College: Longing for a Lifetime of Wisdom

Designed for graduating seniors.

Congratulations, “real” life is about to begin! In anticipation of this transition, this track looks forward to the next season of life. What does it look like to have a godly influence wherever you go? How do you manage your money, connect in a new local church, or think about marriage and family? In this track we'll look through the book of Proverbs to discern what wisdom looks like and how that applies to faithfulness beyond college.


Registration is now closed, but you can still sign up for the Week 2 waitlist.

Focus is offered twice to accommodate different academic schedules.

  • Week 1 takes place May 11–16 for Bloomsburg, Bucknell, DeSales, Dickinson, ESU, Gettysburg, Kutztown, LVC, Muhlenberg, Penn State, and Shippensburg.
  • Week 2 takes place May 18–23 for Lafayette. 

When you register, you should receive important information about the conference by email. If you don't receive this email, please email as soon as possible so we can get it to you!


  • The cost for the conference is $240. This covers materials, housing and meals (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch), and must be received in order to complete your registration.
  • You can pay by credit/debit card during online registration, or by sending a check, cash, or money order by mail. You can also pay onsite by credit/debit card, check, cash or money order.
  • If you selected 'Pay Offline' during registration, you can use these links to complete your registration:
  • If sending payment by mail:
    • Payments must be postmarked no later than May 2nd for Week 1 or May 9th for Week 2.
    • Please make checks out to DiscipleMakers and write "Focus" in the memo line.
    • Mail your payment to:
      365 Science Park Road
      State College, PA 16803


Refunds may be given until the registration deadline. If an emergency arises, you can contact the Registrar by Friday, May 2nd for Week 1 or Friday, May 9th for Week 2. Also, any overpayment or credit will be automatically refunded after the conference ends.

Arriving at the conference

Please plan to arrive at Doubling Gap by 4:30pm for check in and unpacking. Registration will be located just inside the main entrance. Please check in and pick up your conference materials, name badge, room assignment and other important information.  It is expected that you will participate in the entire conference (Sunday evening through Friday afternoon), and we know you will be glad you did!



3:00–4:30pm Arrive
4:30–5:30pm Registration
5:30–6:15pm Dinner
6:15–6:30pm Focus Intro
6:30–8:00pm Worship and Exposition
8:00–9:00pm Campus Time
9:00–11:00pm Snacks and Free Time
11:00pm Lights Out

Monday and Tuesday

8:30–9:00am Breakfast
9:00–9:30am Time Alone with God
9:30am–12:15pm Track Sessions
12:30–1:30pm Lunch
1:30–5:00pm Rest and Recreation
5:00–5:30pm Prayer Meeting
5:30–6:30pm Dinner
6:30–8:00pm Worship and Exposition
8:00–9:00pm Campus Time
9:00–11:00pm Free Time
11:00pm Lights Out


8:30–9:00am Breakfast
9:00–9:30am Time Alone with God
9:30am–12:15pm Workshops
12:30–1:30pm Retreat of Silence
1:30–2:00pm Career Reception
2:00–5:30pm Rest and Recreation
5:30–6:15pm Dinner
6:15–7:30pm Worship and Exposition
7:30–8:00pm Setup for Open Mic
8:00–9:15pm Open Mic Night
9:15–11:00pm Free Time
11:00pm Lights Out


8:30–9:00am Breakfast
9:00–9:30am Time Alone with God
9:30am–12:15pm Track Sessions
12:30–1:30pm Lunch
1:30–5:00pm Rest and Recreation
5:00–5:30pm Prayer Meeting
5:30–6:30pm Dinner
6:30–8:00pm Worship and Exposition
8:00–9:00pm Campus Time
9:00–9:30pm Free Time
9:30–11:00pm Campfire
11:00pm Lights Out


8:30–9:00am Breakfast
9:00–9:30am Time Alone with God
9:30–10:00am Campus Group
10:00–11:30am Closing Worship and Exposition
11:30am–12:30pm Clean Up by Campus
12:30–1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Depart


Conference Location

Doubling Gap Retreat Center / Camp YoliJwa
1550 Doubling Gap Road
Newville, PA 17241-9757
Phone: (717) 776-5281


Directions to Doubling Gap

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What to Bring

Things we suggest you bring to conference...

  • A Bible and a notebook. We will be studying the Bible throughout the weekend, and you'll want to take notes!  If you don't have a Bible, please e-mail your DiscipleMakers Campus Staff and he or she will be happy to provide you with one.
  • Recreational items such as frisbees, footballs, board games, etc.
  • Bedding, a pillow, and a towel for your room at the conference site.
  • Any items you might want for the Open Mic Talent Night that will take place Wednesday evening.


Write to or call (814) 234-7975