what is klife
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.
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
Chris tuttle • chapter director
Chris Tuttle is in his third year as chapter director for Fayetteville KLIFE and also his third year of marriage to his amazing wife, Shelby. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where he studied Political Science and English. There are few things that Chris likes more than than asking huge questions, reading, playing basketball, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls and Everton FC. More than anything Chris greatly enjoys preaching and teaching the Word of God and watching students fall in love with Jesus as they share the Gospel with everyone around them.
KELSEY VAN HOUSEN • Women’s Director
Kelsey has resided in one-fifth of America’s great states and is now happy to call Fayetteville and the Ozarks home! She is a proud graduate of both Taylor University (go Trojans!) and the Kanakuk Institute, spent five summers staffing at Kanakuk, and worked a semester for Fort Worth KLIFE (go frogs!). She loves art museums more than the average person, is almost always willing to go on a road trip, and once spent a month living in an Italian convent with nuns. Kelsey believes that God transforms lives through discipleship and loves working for KLIFE, where she gets to spend her time discipling. WOO PIG SOOIE!
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.
Join or Start a Small Group
For information about boys’ small groups, email Chris Tuttle at: email@example.com.
For information about girls’ small groups, email Kelsey Van Housen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
CURRENT GUYS SMALL GROUPS
12th Grade #1
Leaders- Caroline Silva + Cassie Blacksten
12th Grade #2
Leader- Emery Steinweg + Emily Calvert
11th Grade #1
Leaders- Hayden Langemeier + Avery Langemeier
11th Grade #2
Leaders- Kelsey Van Housen + SP Ellerman
10th Grade #1
Leaders- Alex Wofford + Allison Brookhart
10th Grade #2
Leaders- Natalie Means + Lauren Pettijohn
Leaders- Kayla Peterson + Madi Marsch + Caroline Backs
Leaders- Shelby Sheets + Alex Luger + Georgia Autrey
Leaders- Lauren Crow + Tori Turner
current guys small groups
Leaders- Chris Tuttle
Leaders- David Harris + Slater Smith + Jack Conklin
Leaders- Nate Booth
8th Grade #1
Leaders- Josh Willis + Hunter Estes + Cooper Lantefield
8th Grade #2
Leaders- Collin Adams + Chris Tuttle
Leaders- Luke Rapert + Carter Franklin
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.
Kick Off Klub is coming! JOIN us on Tuesday, September 5th from 6:30-7:30 pm at Grace Church of NWA for a night of fun, vision casting and getting ready for an incredible year!
For the first time, this school year, we will be joining other KLIFE chapters for a region wide KLIFE Fall Retreat in Lampe, MO at Kanakuk Kamps on September 16th-17th! It is for 7th-12th graders and is $79 per student and we are hoping to get small groups to come together! You can contact Chris or Kelsey to sign up!
Email email@example.com or kelsey.vanhousen@klife to sign up or with any questions!
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