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.
Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the Gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.
– I Thessalonians 2:8
meet the staff
Daniel o'Quinn | chapter 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 of 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! 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!
HOW KLIFE IS 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.
4 WAYS TO SUPPORT KLIFE
ATTENTION, AMAZON SHOPPERS!
If you are a frequent Amazon.com shopper, you could be donating to KLIFE without changing your shopping habits! We have partnered with Amazon Smile, a program from Amazon that gives money to organizations through online purchases. Would you please consider using Amazon Smile? Every little bit helps us, and this is an easy, convenient way to help the KLIFE team!
1. Go to smile.amazon.com
2. Choose the "select charity" button
3. Type KLIFE Atlanta in the search bar.
4. Once you select us, it should save us as your default ministry to donate to! If you bookmark the amazon smile main page, it should take you there every time without having to go through these steps again.
Thanks for being involved with KLIFE. We hope this is an easy way for you to give back, and help us continue to run our ministry to the best of our ability. We appreciate you!
If you have any questions at all, email Big D at firstname.lastname@example.org