what is klife
KLIFE is a community-wide, interdenominational Christian ministry of discipleship and fellowship for youth and their families. Through a variety of activities (klubs, small group Bible studies, mission trips, ski trips, and monthly events), KLIFE kids grow in their faith and have lots of fun in the process. They learn that following Christ and discovering His plan for their life is the most exciting adventure of all and that they can count on friendship and support from leaders and peers who care.
KLIFE works alongside churches and families in the community to teach and encourage kids to be strong in the Lord in spite of all the negative pressures they face as teenagers. KLIFE networks kids from different churches, and those without a church affiliation, to build positive, Godly relationships that can withstand the negative peer pressure so prevalent in today’s youth culture.
The heartbeat of KLIFE lies in the ability to build relationships with kids and bring the content of God’s word to bear on those relationships. Our desire is that kids would choose to participate in one of our small groups led by our staff and volunteer leaders. The purpose of these groups is for kids to gain a greater knowledge of God’s word, build Godly relationships with peers, and have access to a mentoring leader to come alongside them as they navigate those difficult adolescent years. Supporting and surrounding our small group strategy are the more visible components of our ministry: weekly klub meetings, activities, events, and retreats. Weekly meetings consist of songs, games, skits, and talks that contain a lesson with a relevant life application from the Bible.
model of ministry
One to Many - In this format our desire is to fill a room with kids who can participate in a safe environment with lots of energy, laughter, and fellowship. A place where the truth is heard and the right to build a relationship begins to be earned. This level features weekly Klubs and events.
One to Few - Our small groups are same-gender peers that gather on a weekly basis with a trained leader to study scripture, encourage spiritual growth, and promote accountability within the group. Other aspects of this level include going to kids sporting events, sleepovers on the weekend, and playing in the dodgeball tournament once a year.
One to One - Our small group leaders are trained to pursue their kids not only outside of small group but also away from the small group in a one-on-one setting. This context often is necessary to delve into the deepest issues students face as well as provide the greatest genuine encouragement. This level truly embodies our theme verse of 1 Thes 2:8 where Paul says we share our life with our disciples.
"We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us."
- 1 Thessalonians 2:8
meet the staff
josh maynard • chapter director
Josh was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. He graduated from College of the Ozarks in Branson, where he also played college baseball. He worked for KLIFE in Bartlesville, OK his first year on KLIFE staff but has worked in OKC for the last 2 years as the Men's Director and is very excited to now be working as the Chapter Director for Oklahoma City! He just so happens to be married to Taylor Maynard, one of the women's directors for OKC KLIFE!
dylan bone • men's director
Dylan is originally from Greenville, Illinois. He started out at Greenville College where he played baseball, but transferred after his sophomore year to pursue a degree in youth ministry from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. During his time there he played college basketball and held different ministry jobs such as being a youth pastor and head pastor of a church. Dylan has worked for four years on staff at Kanakuk K-7 and loves kids and discipleship! This is his first year on staff at OKC KLIFE and is excited to see how the Lord moves in these kid's lives in Oklahoma City!
taylor maynard • women's director
Taylor is originally from Ada, Oklahoma. She was sooner born and sooner bred and so she attended and graduated from The University of Oklahoma in 2012! Boomer Sooner! Taylor was a small group leader her senior year of college for OKC KLIFE then left to attend the Kanakuk Institute where she gained a year of biblical knowledge, best friends, and met her awesome, goofy, handsome husband, Josh Maynard! This is Taylor's fourth year on staff for Oklahoma City KLIFE and is excited to continue with a job and ministry she loves so much!
ALLIE GLAZNER • Women’s Director
Allie was born and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma. She played college soccer and graduated from Oklahoma City University. After graduation, Allie spent an additional year at OCU where she received her Master's in Criminal Justice. While in school, Allie was a volunteer small group leader for Oklahoma City KLIFE and is excited to be serving in her new role as one of the Women's Directors!
The heart of our ministry is small groups. Our small groups are made up of boys or girls in the same grade. They are led by young professionals and college students who have a heart for ministry and working with kids. Last year our leaders spent over 14,000 hours with their small group kids.
Each small group has one or two KLIFE volunteers (college age or older) or a KLIFE staff member leading it. The volunteer has been through an interview process with a staff member, has been background checked, and has signed a commitment to follow Christ in their own life. The groups are assembled according first to gender, then by groups of friends possibly covering a couple of grades, but are purposeful in bringing groups of kids together to build accountability relationships.
A small group meets once a week and studies the Bible or a biblically-based book keeping in line with the KLIFE curriculum. The time they meet is determined by the leader of the group based on when everyone is able to get together.
JOIN OR START A SMALL GROUP
For information about boys’ small groups, email Josh Maynard: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about girls’ small groups, email Taylor Maynard: email@example.com
Current guys Small Groups
Crossings 6th Grade Boys
Heritage Hall 6th Grade Boys
Deer Creek 7th Grade Boys
Heritage Hall 7th Grade Boys
Edmond Misc. 7th Grade Boys
Crossings 8th Grade Boys
Heritage Hall 8th Grade Boys
Heritage Hall 9th Grade Boys
Heritage Hall 10th Grade Boys
Heritage Hall 11th Grade Boys
12th Grade Boys – Mixed
Edmond 12th Grade Boys
Current Girls Small groups
Heritage Hall 6th Grade Girls
Crossings/Edmond 6th Grade Girls
Heritage Hall 7th Grade Girls
Belle Isle 7th Grade Girls
Edmond Sequoyah 7th Grade Girls
Laura Leigh Turner
Deer Creek 7th Grade Girls
Casady 8th grade Girls
OCS 8th Grade Girls
Dannah Jo White
Heritage Hall 9th Grade Girls
Casady 9th Grade Girls
Mixed 9th Grade Girls
Heritage Hall 10th Grade Girls
Mary Frances Roebuck
Heritage Hall 11th Grade Girls
Heritage Hall 11th Grade Girls (2)
Edmond Misc. 9th-11th Grade Girls
Bishop McGuinness 12th grade Girls
Mixed 12th Grade Girls
LIVE is a digital curriculum that gets kids into the Bible and the Bible into kids. LIVE crafted lessons are easily understood, with principles that our leaders can grasp and pass along to students. Plus, the lessons emphasize discussion, dialogue, and meaningful connections among the group. This allows leaders and students to just enjoy spending time with one another and each will thrive with this curriculum.
Each KLIFE Small Group may use the interactive LIVE Curriculum to help each group be effective and focused. Your KLIFE Staff Director will set you and your group up into the system.
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HOW we are FUNDED
KLIFE is a non-profit organization. We do not receive any funding from a specific church denomination, Kanakuk Kamps or any other organizations. We are completely funded by the generosity of the community we’re in.