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.
meet the staff
Daniel o'Quinn | Men's director
Daniel, who goes by “Big D”, graduated from Texas Tech University, where he met his wife, Mary Grace. They enjoy hanging out with friends, Crossfit, and dessert! The past several years they have both served and worked at their church in Lubbock, TX.
Outside finding his wife, D’s favorite time of college was working as a camp counselor in Texas. He enjoys both sides of youth ministry, the “loud and crazy” fun side, and the “life application” discipleship side and views both as equally important in life. He also has worked as an intern for several different college and youth ministries throughout his career. He enjoys being around teens and finds that he has the most energy while working alongside them.
Addie jones | Women's director
Addie is from Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Accounting. One of Addie’s favorite parts of college was spending her summers being a counselor at Kanakuk, where she developed a heart for discipling middle and high school girls. After graduating college, she attended the Kanakuk Institute in Missouri, where she received a Master's in Ministry with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling.
Addie loves time with family and friends, and enjoys living driving distance to her parents and in the same city as her brother! She loves sports, calligraphy, and doing most anything outdoors. Some of her favorite memories involve spontaneous road trips, or simply a long meal with friends. She is a cookie fanatic and thinks most anything tastes better with peanut butter.
The heartbeat of KLIFE is to see kids grow in their understanding of what it means to follow Jesus Christ, and to do this with their friends. The KLIFE model of ministry is displayed through how we see Jesus interact with his 12 disciples. He was a life example for them. His actions came first and words followed. Jesus “produced reproducers” and multiplied himself in these men and we see his ministry continue to impact the world 2000 years later.
A K group is essentially designed to draw students closer together as friends by being in conversation with one another as they encounter God’s truth. When this happens on a consistent basis, lifelong friendships can be established between peers and the leader of the group.
“Two are better are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Why K Groups?
Great question! Well, we are called KLIFE from our history with Kanakuk, but that is not the only reason we call our small groups K Groups. The “K” stands for the Greek word koinonia, which means “fellowship.” Fellowship is more than bible study or a Sunday school potluck dinner. It is authentic and transparent community. First century followers of Jesus did more than study scripture – after all they only had a portion of what we have today in our Bible. In Acts we read that the disciples “devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship (koinonia!), to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” We hope to imitate these believers in our K Groups. K Groups not only pray and study God’s Word, but they also share life and community together, learning what it looks like to love one another.
What Does a K Group Look Like?
A K Group has a KLIFE volunteer (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 through a background check and signed a commitment to following Christ in their own life. The groups are assembled according first to gender, then by groups of friends possibly covering a couple grades, but are purposeful in bringing groups of kids together to build accountability relationships. A K Group meets on a regular basis and is determined by the leader and when everyone in the group is able to get together.
Join or Start a K Group
New K Groups form at the beginning of each semester!
If you want to get involved in a group of 4-8 guys or gals in your grade led by one of the awesome KLIFE leaders, let us know. This is the best part of KLIFE!
Get ready for food, games, and our first ever Silent Auction at this year's Fall KickOff! Bring the whole family to enjoy Willy's as we get a chance to be together as one big KLIFE Family for the evening! We will see you at the KLIFE house (1881 Howell Mill) on Sunday, August 28th from 5:30-7:30! Let us know if your family will be coming by clicking below!
progressive riot | september 17
Have you ever wanted a burger from one place, but fries from another, and then dessert from a whole different place in the city? Don't worry we've got you covered! KLIFE senior high students, come hang with us as we drive all over town for our own 3 course meal! We can promise you two things: you won't be hungry and it'll be a night to remember!
fireside: k group parent social | september 18
KLIFE parents, if your child(ren) attend a weekly small group or come to KLIFE on Tuesday nights, join the staff and board members as we talk about issues that face out KLIFErs and prayer for them, their leaders, and our ministry. We will be meeting at the KLIFE house from 3:30-5:00pm. Coffee and snacks will be provided.
dads, dudes, & Donuts | September 24
Gentlemen of KLIFE, join Big D as we get a chance to sit and pray for your kids and KLIFE this fall. We might even enjoy a donut or 2. Or 6. We will see you, your sons, and/or any other guy that might want to come and hang out with us at Dunkin Donuts (Howell Mill & 75) from 10:30-11:30!
lockout | october 7-8
Calling all junior high students! Get ready for the best night of the year because the LOCKOUT is right around the corner! Invite your closest buds to come and hang out with us October 7th and STAY UP ALL NIGHT LONG! Space is limited so keep an eye out for open registration!
A very movie christmas! | December 22
Attention all KLIFe students! It's cold and school is out, so what are you going to do tonight? Come enjoy hot choc and choc chip cookies as we watch a classic Christmas movie! Bring a friend, your favorite mug, and maybe some marshmallows! We will see you at the KLIFE house from 6:00 - 9:00pm.
restoration atl | december 27-28
During the holiday break, we will be spending the night at City of Refuge, a ministry dedicated to getting mothers and their kids back on their feet. This time will be about loving on and building relationships with the women and children who have come to RATL for help. This will be our 7th time to do a RATL retreat and it has always been a favorite among our KLIFE students; however, we would like to offer a unique opportunity for entire families to join alongside us and our students this holiday season! If you would like more info, click the button below.