what is klife
KLIFE is a non-profit parachurch ministry focused on discipleship for youth. 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.
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.
– I Thessalonians 2:8
OUR model of ministry
Through weekly and monthly gatherings we invite kids to be apart of the ministry and have a ton of fun.
Our goal is to get kids plugged into small groups led by college students and young adults. Small groups are split up by grade and gender.
All of our small group leaders pursue their kids 1on1 in order to provide authentic discipleship.
Why KLIFE is so important
Research shows that for every ten Christian’s who step foot on a college campus, only two graduate still professing to believe in Jesus. The overwhelming common denominator for the two out of ten is they had someone intentionally investing in them during their teenage years; someone like a KLIFE small group leader.
Teenagers are walking onto college campuses unable to defend their faith, but when a young adult shares their life with a teenager, transferring spiritual truths and life experiences, they are far more likely to continue walking with Jesus through college.
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
The secret to a successful youth ministry is not organization. The secret is not talent. The secret is not advertising. The secret is not funding. The secret is the supernatural, undeserved, free, sovereign grace of God. It is His grace that prepares the hearts of kids, families and volunteer leaders you will minister to. It is His grace that removes the obstacles that Satan has thrown in your path to prevent you from ministering. It is His grace that gives you the words to speak, places you where you need to be, and makes his or her heart receptive to the gospel. It is His grace that allows the seed of the Word to take root in the soil of a soul and bring forth fruit to everlasting life. It is His grace alone.
And the degree to which we recognize that and make ourselves available to be instruments of His grace, our ministry is guaranteed to be effective .... maybe not by man's standards... but man's standards will be of no consequence when we get to heaven. Conversely, the degree to which we set up a scenario for us or Klub or our small group or our events or our relationships to receive glory for winning souls or growing saints or doing anything else eternal, to that degree we frustrate the grace of God.
If God chooses to use KLIFE in the Kingdom, it is not because we are special. It is because God is special, and He can use anything- especially the weak things of this world to confound the mighty. Our prerequisite for greatness is not found in what we do or how great we are, but in how humbly we fall on our faces before God and ask for His amazing grace. He wants to win the lost more than we do. He wants to grow the saints more than we do. He wants to train the leaders more than we do.
If we would spend at least as much time on their knees, humbling themselves before God, as they do planning and training and organizing, God would come onstage and do wondrous things for His church. It's all of grace, Beloved. It's all of grace. Yes, we train. Yes, we study. Yes, we plan, but only as a means to an end. That end is to bring tools to lie at the feet of our God and ask Him to use them as He sees fit, and to remove them if they get in His way.