"Impacting a Youth Culture for Christ"
KLIFE is a community-wide, interdenominational Christian ministry of discipleship and fellowship for youth and their families. Through a variety of activities (clubs, small group Bible studies, 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, and talks that contain a lesson with a relevant life application from the Bible.
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.
Drake was born and raised in Jonesboro, AR and is the oldest of four siblings. After high school, Drake attended Ouachita Baptist University where he majored in biology to pursue a career in medicine. He graduated in May 2017, then attended the Kanakuk Institute which is a nine month biblical training program in Branson, MO where his career plans radically changed. After graduating from the Institute, Drake is starting his first year as the St. Louis KLIFE Chapter Director and is so excited to step into this new position. Drake is passionate about discipleship, music, and eating large amounts of ice cream.
Faith was raised in Conway, Arkansas where she first got involved with KLIFE as a student. She was involved in KLIFE all throughout high school as a student until her senior year when she was able to serve as a small group leader. After graduating from high school she was an intern at Solid Rock Outdoor Ministry in Laramie, Wyoming where she was trained in outdoor recreation ministry and educated in wilderness medicine. Faith served as a small group leader at Conway KLIFE during her first two years of college at Central Baptist College. She then graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in Biblical Studies emphasizing in Student Ministry where she was able to learn not only how to interpret the Word of God but how to apply it as well. Faith deeply loves student ministry and is passionate about the Gospel and the Love of Christ becoming true in the lives around her. In high school she was named “Most Likely To Be A Comedian” because she’s hilarious.
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.
For information about boys small groups, email Drake Puryear at: email@example.com.
For information about girls small groups, email Faith Reed at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th Grade Girls
Leader: Faith Reed
9th/10th Grade Girls
Leader: Holley Moates
11th Grade Girls
Leader: Raegan Jackson & Maggie Eames
12th Grade Girls
Leader: Olivia Olgesby
6th Grade Boys
Leader: Drake Puryear
7th Grade Boys
Leader: Alex Arnold
8th Grade Boys
Leader: Jack Hueseman
9th Grade Boys
Leader: David Bross
10th Grade Boys
Leader: Drake Puryear
11th Grade Boys
Leader: Owen Auch
12th Grade Boys
Leader: Matt Earnhart
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.
*all weekly events happen at the KLIFE house (11800 Manhattan Ave)
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