what is klife
KLIFE is a non-profit youth ministry that’s sole focus is discipleship. KLIFE works with kids from Searcy and neighboring communities starting in the 5th grade and going all the way through the 12th grade. Through a variety of activities, 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 genuinely care.
KLIFE starts in the 5th grade with our weekly “Middle School Klub”, known as SuperK, for 5th and 6th graders. SuperK is on Tuesday nights from 5-6pm. During a typical SuperK we will play awesome games, see funny skits, sing some worship songs, and hear a message from one of our staff members. SuperK is an introduction to what KLIFE is all about.
In the 7th grade students have the opportunity to join small groups. KLIFE has trained volunteers, mostly college students, who lead small groups of 7th-12th graders. Small groups are broken up by grade and gender, and consist of 4-10 students. Each small group goes through age appropriate lessons where they dive into God’s Word and learn more about our Savior, and His plan for us. Small groups happen once a week and vary on date and time depending on the schedule of kids and leaders. Students join small groups every year, not just the 7th grade. If you are interested in getting more information about our girls small groups, please email our Women’s Director, Katelyn Tolle, at email@example.com. If you want more information about boys small groups, please email our Chapter Director, Matt Berry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School Klub is for 7th-9th graders and High School Klub is for 10th-12th graders. At these Klubs we are insane! We have a great time of hanging out and fellowship, energetic and fun games, hilarious videos and skits, awesome worship, and a phenomenal message from one of the staff members. The purpose of these Klubs is to give kids a safe and fun place to be with their friends as they learn about the Lord. Klub is a great way for kids to get introduced to KLIFE and then get plugged into a small group.
“Events” are another way we introduce kids to KLIFE. We do scavenger hunts, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, flag football tournaments, snowball fights, video game nights, sleepovers, and a lot of other fun events on the weekends to give current KLIFE kids a way to have clean fun, and bring their friends who may not normally attend. For more information about our events, click on the “EVENTS” tab at the top of the page.
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 pressures so prevalent in today’s youth culture.
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.
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
Meet the staff
matt berry • chapter director
Matt was born and raised in Arkansas. He graduated from University of Central Arkansas in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in History. While in college Matt volunteered at Conway KLIFE for five years and spent his summers working at Kanakuk Kamps. He enjoys watching and talking about all things sports related, but especially college football. To relax, Matt enjoys a good cup of coffee, being outdoors, hunting and fishing, or listening to music. Matt oversees the guys small groups and the guys volunteer leaders. He is excited about living in Searcy and discipling the students of Searcy.
Katelyn Tolle • women's director
Katelyn was raised in north Missouri and graduated from Evangel University (’14) in Springfield with a degree in Secondary Biology Education. After teaching for a year she decided to attend the Kanakuk Institute, a one year discipleship and leadership training program in Branson, MO. While attending the Institute Katelyn completed an internship with KLIFE, and it was there that she developed a passion for teaching Truth, discipleship, and training up the next generation of Christian leaders.
Katelyn played softball in college, loves all things sports (Go Cards) and outdoors, learning new things, movies, music, traveling, COFFEE, crafty things, and anything that can make her laugh! She oversees the girls small groups and girls volunteer leaders, and is excited to be a part of the Searcy community.
THE HEART OF OUR MINISTRY IS SMALL GROUPS. HERE ARE SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT OUR SMALL GROUPS.
- Our small groups start in the 7th grade and are made up of boys or girls in the same grade.
- They are led by young professionals or college students who have a heart for ministry and working with kids.
- Students can join a small group at any point in the year no matter what grade they are in.
- 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.
- A small group meets once a week and has fun fellowship time, studies the Bible or a biblically-based book, prays with one another, and holds each other accountable to spiritual growth.
- 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 Matt Berry - email@example.com
For information about girls’ small groups, email Katelyn Tolle - Katelyn.firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns.
Matt Berry - Chapter Director
Katelyn Tolle - Women's Director
700 S Main St
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.