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, 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
DEREK HANDLEY • CHAPTER Director
Derek was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He went to the University of Central Missouri and played football and graduated with a Social Studies Education degree. Derek went to the Kanakuk Institute after graduating college, and has spent the last 5 summers working at Kanakuk K7. Derek will be getting married to his beautiful fiance in December. He is so excited to get started in OKC as the chapter director and to begin serving the community and the students there.
Haley Burden • Women’s Director
Haley grew up in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She graduated from Arkansas State University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders. She spent the next year attending the Kanakuk Institute and has spent the last four summers working at Kanakuk KWest. She is excited to serve in her first year as one of the Women's Director in OKC.
ALLIE CALVERT • 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. This summer Allie married her best friend Craig. She is excited to serve in her third year as one of the Women's Directors!
OKC KLIFE gathers weekly for klubs for 3rd-12th graders.
SUPER K (3rd-5th graders): every Thursday from 4:00-5:00pm. The first super k klub of the year will be Thursday, September 13th.
MIDDLE SCHOOL (6th-8th graders): every Monday from 6:30-7:45pm. The first middle school klub of the year will be Monday, September 10th.
HIGH SCHOOL KLUB (9th-12th graders): every other Sunday from 7:00-8:30pm. The first high school klub of the year will be Sunday, September 9th.
In addition to our weekly klubs we have small groups that are made up of boys or girls in the same grade. Our small groups are the heart of our ministry. 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 girls small groups, email Allie Calvert: email@example.com
For information about boys small groups, email Derek Handley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current guys Small Groups
Heritage Hall 6th Grade Boys
Casady 7th Grade Boys
Crossings 7th Grade Boys
Heritage Hall 7-8th Grade Boys
Crossings 8th Grade Boys
Edmond 9th Grade Boys
Deer Creek 9th Grade Boys
Heritage Hall 9th Grade Boys
Crossings 10th Grade Boys
Heritage Hall 10th Grade Boys
Heritage Hall 11th Grade Boys
Heritage Hall 12th Grade Boys
Current GirlS Small groups
Crossings 6th Grade Girls
Heritage Hall 6th Grade Girls
Heritage Hall 7th Grade Girls
Crossings/Edmond 8th Grade Girls
Heritage Hall 8th Grade Girls
Bishop McGuinness 9th Grade Girls
Casady 9th grade Girls
Edmond 9th Grade Girls
Laura Leigh Turner
Heritage Hall 9th Grade Girls
Edmond/ Deer Creek 10th Grade Girls
Heritage Hall 10th Grade Girls
Casady 11th Grade Girls
Heritage Hall 11th Grade Girls
Heritage Hall 12th Grade Girls
Edmond 12th Grade Girls
Edmond 10th-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.
SPORTING CLAY TOURNAMENT
Did you know that it costs $13,000 each month for KLIFE to stay open?
Did you know that KLIFE is run completely on donations from local families and businesses?
Did you know that KLIFE receives no financial assistance from Kanakuk?
The sporting clay tournament is a great way to get involved and support KLIFE. This fall fundraiser helps cover the operational expenses of running this full time ministry. 100% of the funds raised go towards: staff salaries, benefits, staff housing, building expenses, local outreach activities, and administrative costs. KLIFE is not possible without the love and support of our community. For sponsorship or team registration follow the link below!
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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.