What is KLIFE
KLIFE is a non-profit youth ministry that’s sole focus is discipleship. KLIFE works with kids from Conway 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 care.
KLIFE starts in the 5th grade with our weekly “Middle School Klub” for 5th-7th Graders. Middle School Klub is on Tuesday nights from 5-6pm. During a typical Middle School Klub we will play awesome games, see funny skits, sing some worship songs and hear a message from one of our staff members. Middle School Klub is an introduction to what KLIFE is all about.
In the 7th grade students have the opportunity to join small groups. KLIFE has over 40 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 an age appropriate lesson where they dive into God’s Word and learn more about our Savior and what His plan is for us. Small groups happen once a week and vary on date and time depending on kids and leaders schedules. Students join small groups every year, not just the 7th grade. If you are interested in getting more information about our small groups please email one of our staff members.
Klub happens for 8th-12th graders as well. “High School Klub” is every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 and is for 8th-12th graders. At High School Klub we’re crazy! We have a great time of hanging out and fellowship, energetic and fun games, hilarious videos and skits, a great time of worship and a phenomenal message from one of the staff members. The purpose of High School Klub 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 great way we introduce kids to KLIFE. We do scavenger hunts, 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 “EVENTS” 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 pressure 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 Thessalonians 2:8 where Paul says we share our life with our disciples.
Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the Gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.
– I Thessalonians 2:8
Meet the Staff
John jedneak • chapter director
John, a native of Princeton, Minnesota, is a 2017 graduate of Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas where he double majored in Psychology & Biblical studies, and also where he played basketball. After Tabor, John attended the Kanakuk Institute, a one year discipleship training program in Branson, MO where he further developed his vision and his passion for discipleship and building up the Kingdom of God. During the summers John functions as the athletic director at Kids Across America 3 which is a Christian sports camp for urban youth.
Sarah Langley • women's director
Sarah is a graduate of UCA, with a degreee in Elementary Education. During college, she was a small group leader for 4 years, and showed a passion for discipleship and ministry. Sarah loves doing things outdoors, hanging with her husband and community, and enjoys fitness. She married her husband, Reese, in May of 2018.
Jena mcjunkin • WOMEN'S DIRECTOR
Jena is a graduate of Oklahoma State University ('15) with a degree in Human Development of Family Science with an emphasis in Child Life Development. She is originally from Dallas where she was very involved at Watermark Church. She oversees half of our girls' small groups, as well as plans and organizes our weekly Klubs. Jena has a radiant personality, and brings joy to people wherever she goes.
The heart of our ministry is small groups. Here are some fun facts about our small groups.
- Our small groups are made up of boys or girls in the same grade.
- They are led by college students or young professionals who have a heart for ministry and working with kids.
- Last year our leaders spent over 14,500 hours with their small group kids.
- Students can join a small group at any point in the year no matter what grade they’re in.
- 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.
- 7th grade small groups have the option to meet immediately following Middle School Klub on Tuesday night from 6:00-6:45pm or a different time of the week that works for everyone.
Join or Start a Small Group
For more information about joining a boys small group e-mail John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current small groups
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.
To best keep in touch with parents and kids please fill out this short survey and we will add you to our mailing list.
HOW EACH CHAPTER IS 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.
4 WAYS TO SUPPORT KLIFE
donate online here
Do you use amazon?
ATTENTION, AMAZON SHOPPERS!
If you are a frequent Amazon.com shopper, you could be donating to KLIFE without changing your shopping habits! We have partnered with Amazon Smile, a program from Amazon that gives money to organizations through online purchases. Would you please consider using Amazon Smile? Every little bit helps us, and this is an easy, convenient way to help the KLIFE team!
1. Go to smile.amazon.com
2. Choose the "select charity" button
3. Type K-life in the search bar (amazon still recognizes us as K-life, not KLIFE).
4. There will be several K-life Ministries pop up on your screen. Scroll to the one that has Conway, Arkansas as your location.
5. Once you select us, it should save us as your default ministry to donate to! If you bookmark the amazon smile main page, it should take you there every time without having to go through these steps again.
Thanks for being involved with KLIFE. We hope this is an easy way for you to give back, and help us continue to run our ministry to the best of our ability. We appreciate you!