When: April 21st, Saturday, 10:00am
Where: Kirksville Primary School
Who: 1st-College Divisions (Boy/Girls separate)
What: The best local basketball tournament that raises funds for community non-profit KLIFE. This is a huge financial support where all funds go directly to impacting the kids in the community. ALSO, ONE THE BEST WAYS TO SPEND YOUR SATURDAY!
When: March 26th (Monday) @ 7:00-8:30pm
Where: KLIFE House
Who: Middle and High Schoolers
What: Powerful dramatization of the effect Jesus' life, death, and resurrection has on our lives today. Where would we be without Jesus?... Where would you be?
When: April 6-8th
Who: Junior and Senior High
Where: Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO
What: The best weekend of the KLIFE year! We take over 70 kids to Silver Dollar City, a nationally-ranked theme park, where they get to ride incredible rides, listen to incredible speakers, and hangout with their Small Group Leaders! This is a ton a fun.
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, 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 games, skits, worship and talks that contain a lesson with a relevant life application from the Bible.
This is Wade’s second year on staff with KLIFE. From 2008-2012 he played Football and completed his Undergraduate work for Truman State University here in Kirksville. The next two years he obtained his Master’s Degree while coaching football as a Graduate Assistant. Wade is very passionate about football, stories, and traveling; he spent a spring coaching clinics and doing ministry work with AIA (Athletes in Action) in the Middle East as well as Italy. In the summer of 2016 he competed for the US National Football Team in the World Univ. Championships in Mexico serving in a ministry role. He is originally from a small town in Nebraska raised by two amazing parents and a couple of interesting siblings; all of whom he loves dearly.
Wade is grateful to be back in Kirksville working in the community and living life with people he loves.
Cell Phone:(402) 764-0469
Laura was born and raised in the beautiful flatlands of Springfield, Illinois. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (Let’s go Wildcats!) in 2015 with a degree in Secondary Social Science Education and a minor in Leadership. While attending Indiana Wesleyan she spent her summers working at Kanakuk Kamps. She continued her education at the Kanakuk Institute, a one-year discipleship training program in Branson, MO. Laura is a lover of going on adventures, outdoors, soccer, reading, learning new things, all things coffee, spending time with people, traveling, chocolate covered strawberries, and laughing as much as possible. She is excited to be a part of the Kirksville community and what God is doing through KLIFE.
The heart of our ministry is small groups. Our small groups are made up of boys or girls in the same grade, and they are led by our volunteer leaders 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 one of our small groups is led by KLIFE volunteers (college age or older) or a KLIFE staff member. The leaders have been through an interview process with a staff member, have been background checked, and have signed a commitment to follow Christ in their own life. The groups are assembled according first by 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.
KLIFE small groups meet once a week to study the Bible or a biblically-based book, but our leaders also love spending time with their kids at school, sporting events, or for a quick run to Sonic.
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.
For more info, check out LIVE Curriculum
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