"impacting a youth culture for christ"


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.

upcoming events


Spring 2018 Calendar to be revealed soon!!

Meet the staff


Matt Rau • Chapter director

Matt is from Elk Grove, California where he lived all his life until attending college at Azusa Pacific University in southern California.  He played baseball, football, wrestled, and ran track throughout high school and continued to run track for the Azusa Pacific Cougars as a decathlete.  Throughout the summers during college Matt was hired by Kanakuk Kamps to work at K-1.  Then he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Exercise Science (Class of 2012) and later attended the Kanakuk Institute (Class of 2015).  He enjoys the outdoors, physical activity, having spontaneous adventures, and meeting new people.  And while his family may be a good distance away, he is so thankful for their support and is so thankful to be a part of this Tri-Lakes KLIFE team.  Matt cannot wait for this team to be continuously humbled and used by the Lord to impact this community each year.


Sarah gaines • women's director

Sarah grew up just a few hours from here in Columbia, MO going to KLIFE from 6th grade on. She attended Oklahoma State University where she graduated in 2015 with a degree in Human Development and Family Science. The following year she attended the Kanakuk Institute where she grew so much in her love for the Lord. Last year she worked for KLIFE in Bartlesville, OK but then moved when she married her sweet husband in May! The past six years Sarah has spent her summers working at Kanakuk K-2. She loves being outside, spending time with friends and family, playing sports, laughing and making fun memories. She is so excited and humbled to get to be a part of all that God is doing here in Branson, MO! 


small groups

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 guys small groups, email Matt Rau:

For information about girl small groups, email Sarah Gaines: 

LIVE Curriculum

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.

What's next packet

Made a decision to follow Jesus but wondering what is next? We have just what you need. Click the link below as we walk with you through this amazing decision and where to go from here.

Stay connected

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Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns.


Matt Rau - Chapter Director

Sarah Gaines - Women's Director

Tri-Lakes KLIFE Office Phone - 

(417) 986-4799