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.
meet the staff
Michael Mueller • chapter director
Michael was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He joined KLIFE three years ago as a small group leader and has joyfully served at Kanakuk K-7 since 2014. When he’s not curing cancer, Michael enjoys reading, dancing in Christmas-themed onesie pajamas, training for triathlons, and singing along to everything with most of the correct lyrics. More than anything, he desires for the Lord to use him to make Columbia KLIFE the most welcoming environment for students to feel at home and have the opportunity to experience all that life is intended to be in Him. He recently married his beautiful bride, Morgan in 2016.
audrey High • Women's director
Audrey joined the Columbia KLIFE staff in August 2015. She was born and raised in Victoria, Texas and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2014. Audrey grew up as a camper at T Bar M Camps in Texas where God grew her love for camp ministry and teaching younger women from Scripture. After graduating from SMU, Audrey participated in a year long discipleship program at T Bar M called the Timothy Team. Audrey is passionate about teaching God’s word and building relationships to impact students for Christ. When not doing one of those two things, you can find her on the MKT or somewhere downtown sipping strong coffee.
Karis Briscoe • WOMEN'S DIRECTOR, Part-time
Karis first started serving with Columbia KLIFE in 2008 as a small group leader. After graduating from Ouachita Baptist University in 2013, Karis moved back to Columbia to be The Crossing's Middle School Women's Director. Middle school is a unique time, and she enjoys impacting, learning from, and growing with these students and their college leaders. Her husband, Brandon Briscoe, worked for Columbia KLIFE for 3.5 years. She loved getting a front row seat to the work God does in Columbia KLIFE, particularly after she stayed home with their first child, Riley Joy. She started volunteering with KLIFE in various ways in the spring of 2016 and is thrilled to work part-time with a ministry that God has used so greatly in her and her family's life.
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 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, has been through a formal training process, 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 girls’ small groups, email Audrey High at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Every Monday Middle School Klub at 6:30pm & High School Klub at 8:15pm
- Sunday April 30th - Mother/Daughter Tea
- for girls in 6th-8th grade and their moms
- 2-3:30pm in the Crossing Student Center
- email email@example.com to reserve your spots!
- Monday June 5th - 12th Annual Bob Martin Golf Tournament - register your team or sign on as a sponsor here!
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