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 (weekly clubs, 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 club 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.
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 Scott Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
meet the staff
Scott caldwell • chapter director
Scott was born in Cincinnati into a small family of four. After a few moves, he eventually attended high school in Stillwater, Oklahoma where he was involved in Klife all four years. He then attended Oklahoma State University where he joined a fraternity and was very involved philanthropically around campus. When he was encouraged to apply to Kanakuk by a friend, he jumped at the opportunity. Despite being involved with several other ministries at Oklahoma State, he never got too far away from the loving people of the Kanakuk world. After he graduated in the spring of 2016 with a degree in Human Resources, he spent a short year working as a Management Trainee at the Cintas Corporation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After wrestling with the thought of working in ministry, he couldn't say no to an opportunity to join the Klife team in Kansas City once he was told a position was available.
Caroline Gorrell • Women's director
Caroline grew up in Columbia, Missouri where she first got involved with KLIFE as a student. She then moved to Kansas City where she attended Kansas City Christian School for High School. Caroline then attended Kansas State University (Go Cats!) where she graduated in 2014 with a degree in Family Studies and Human Services with a minor in Leadership with a Non-Profit concentration. She then attended the Kanakuk Institute in Branson, Missouri a year long masters level leadership and discipleship program. Caroline and her husband Clay (pictured here) got married this last April. Clay works as a youth pastor in North Kansas City for North Heartland Community Church.
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