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 (KLUBs, small group Bible studies, mission trips, 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 KLUB meetings, activities, events, and retreats. Weekly meetings consist of songs, games, skits, and talks that contain a lesson with a relevant life application from the Bible.
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 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.
Meet The Staff
I grew up in Meridian, TX. I attended Tarleton State University on a football scholarship, but transferred to Baylor after my freshman year to finish out my undergraduate degree in Political Science. I felt the Lord calling me into sports chaplaincy, so I enrolled at Truett Seminary where I am currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity. I’ve spent the last 2.5 years working for the Baylor Visit Experience Department in Baylor Undergraduate Admissions where I’ve helped supervise Baylor tour guides. I have been a member of Highland Baptist Church for 5 years where I currently serve on the Highland College Ministry Leadership Team. I’m someone who loves people, loves big bear hugs, and I’m known to frequent Magnolia Table for a hearty breakfast before starting the day. I’m excited to be a part of the Waco KLIFE family and I can’t wait to see the Lord do big things!
Hi y'all! I was born and raised in Austin and went to Texas A&M. In college I worked at Kanakuk for a summer and got to know my husband through the Afterdark ministry on campus! After graduating we worked in camp ministry in the mountains of New Mexico before moving back to Texas for my husband, Cory, to pursue a PhD at Baylor. For the past 3 years of living in Waco I have been volunteering with an on campus ministry and hanging out with college students. You can often find me on campus or spending time with my friends, my husband, and the best pup ever, Willie. We are members of Highland Baptist Church, where I'm involved with the college ministry and WORTH women's ministry. We have grown to LOVE Baylor and Waco and I am pinching myself that I get the blessed opportunity to get to know all of you and walk alongside you in ministry!
The KLIFE Board is comprised of couples within the community looking to partner with KLIFE in its active pursuit of Christ. These couples serve to assist the ministry by faithfully praying, supporting and assisting the ministry. Each Board member is actively engaged in the ministry.
ROB & LISA FUENTES
BOBBY & JENNIFER DEATON
CASEY & TAMMY HECTOR
TRAVIS & BERRY BLAKE
WESLEY & PAIGE BROOKS
ALvin & Andi daniliuc
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 to three 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 guy’s small groups, email BILLY MILLER: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about girl’s small groups, email KRISTY SUGG: email@example.com
To best keep in touch with parents and kids please fill out this short survey and we'll add you to the mailing list.
Required for participation in KLIFE events
How is KLIFE Funded?
KLIFE is only possible through the financial support of the generous donors. We are not financially connected to any outside source like Kanakuk Kamps, Baylor University, or a large corporate sponsor. We exist from the goodness of people like you who see the value in this ministry.
The majority of KLIFE funding comes from local families. These families either have students involved or believe in the mission of the ministry.
KLIFE also relies on local businesses to give monthly or to fundraisers.
Big and small churches also partner with KLIFE to give either annually or monthly.
KLIFE seeks funding through grant writing as well.
4 Ways to Support KLIFE
Donate once a year
Mark your calendar and make a donation annually. This can be at a fundraiser, at the beginning or end of every school year, or when it’s most convenient for you.
Mail a Check
All checks can be made out to KLIFE and can be given to any KLIFE board member or mailed to the building.
Give a board member a voided check with the amount you’d like to give and we will set up a monthly draft.
You can give with a credit card, e-check, or debit card. You can also set up a recurring gift online.
In addition to money donations, we are now able to accept vehicle donations, jewelry, used cell phones, gift cards, stock, and much more! The proceeds from your donations will go towards impacting a youth culture for Christ.
We ask that you would prayerfully consider making a contribution today to further the impact this ministry can achieve. Thank you for your interest in this ministry and your generosity!
Make an online donation now or make a check payable to: Waco KLIFE PO Box 8577, Waco, TX 76714.
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 Waco, Texas 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!
For any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all of our donors!
Casey and Tammy Hector, Brad and Amanda Holland, Harris Creek Baptist Church, Collins & Team Orthodontics, Alaska’s Bearclaw Lodge, Focus Behavioral Associates, Brad and Melissa Harrell, Gordon and Valerie Robinson, Stuart and Tracy Redding, Rick and Suzanna Abbe, Highland Baptist Church, Chuck and Lisa Lewis, R&R Remodeling and Construction, Lucy Goodwin, Joel and Janet Porter, Mark and Robin Hines, Michael and Shayne Hope, Keith and Jeanie Johnson, Cameron and Irene Hitchcock, James and Judy Shields, Mike and Amy Williams, Tommy and Brandi Ross, Andi Fuentes, Stephen and Alyce Beard, Jimmy Webster, & Brennan and Laura Bailey.