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KIDS OUTDOOR ZONE

Outdoor Adventure Ministry for Boys

KOZ IS AN OUTDOOR MINISTRY FOR BOYS

KOZ provides men of your church with training and curriculum to mentor boys using outdoor adventure.

The training is done by streaming video at the host church. The training includes a one-and-a-half hour section with the leaders and their wives. The second is a 5-hour section with workbook for the men. Once trained, the men are certified as KOZ Harvest Team Leaders (Outdoor mentors).

After training, the men plan their monthly meetings/adventures with the boys based on the monthly curriculum provided.

Today, over 40% of the boys in our nation do not have a dad living at home. The lack of this male role model has created a dramatic increase in drug use, school drop-out, pregnancy, and more. The average kid also spends 40 minutes a week outside, 70 hours in front of a screen. This trend is creating an unhealthy mental, physical, and spiritual population among our boys today. It is at catastrophic levels. However, every socioeconomic, health, and mental statistic improves substantially when a boy receives a mentor. 

Boys are drawn in by the outdoor adventure and training by an adult man. Every boy truly is “Wild at Heart.” This internal longing fits perfectly with the KOZ program.

The KOZ leader’s ability to share the love of Jesus and a Heavenly Father changes the boys. In an outdoor setting boys are more attentive and can focus on the time with their KOZ leader and the gift of knowing Jesus.

The KOZ training dives deep into all these elements of ministry for the men of the church and the boys of our world. CLICK HERE for more info on starting a KOZ group.

SCRIPTURAL MANDATE.  Proverbs 22:6, Psalms 68:5, Psalms 82:3, Deut. 27:19, Psalms 146:9, James 1:27, James 2:14-17, 2 Tim 2:2, Matt. 28:19-20, Psalms 145:4

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Some of our most commonly answered questions are answered here:

KOZ IS AN OUTDOOR MINISTRY FOR BOYS.  KOZ provides men of your church with training and curriculum to mentor boys using outdoor adventure.

KOZ is available for a group of men at any evangelical protestant church. To see our statement of faith and guidelines go HERE. The church must align with these basic Christian doctrines and there must be a willing group of men.

Statistic tell us that kids today spend 40 minutes a week outside, 70 hours a week looking at a screen on some type of electronics. Many men are bound inside because of their jobs. We know that time outdoors is not only healthy but it is a crucial element that Jesus, His Father and the Holy Spirit use to teach life and heart skills. It is a win, win for God, the outdoors and those who choose to “walk uneven ground.”

Every boys finds their stride in KOZ. Many “inside boys” dearly need and want to be taught the outdoor lessons but don’t know how, are afraid of the new experience or have not been encouraged and supported to “try outside.” KOZ’s motto is “No Kid Left Inside.”

The KOZ program began because of the need for fatherless boys to have male role models. Today boys of all backgrounds come and share in the outdoor adventures, God’s message and the friendships that come from the outdoor experiences.

We’ve seen moms, dads, siblings, and even grandparents affected by a boy getting mentoring and discipleship from a group of KOZ men on Saturday morning outdoor adventures.  The outdoors and the mentoring combine for a beautiful and natural Ritalin that focuses and calms a boy’s heart.  This calming and healing effect impacts who he is with his family.

The outside is a place every boy comes from, it is deep and real and true. Take away the electronics, the peer pressure, the false fronts and they are open to God through the outdoors. Boys and the men are designed for outdoor expression, movement and hands on learning.

“It’s a sin to bore a kid with the gospel.” Jim Rayborn Jr., Founder of Young Life.

KOZ is mono-gender – men and boys. A boy needs a Christian man to learn how to become a Godly man. Boys learn biblical masculinity. It is our vision to help this generation of boys become Godly men that will lead and love their future wives and children well.

KOZ is for boys 8 – 18 years old. The curriculum does not work well with the boys under 8 years old. We’ve seen amazing things happen in boys who had to “wait” to be old enough to participate.

No. KOZ is not a place where volunteers get to hunt and fish while on outings. Leaders and volunteers are discouraged to be the hunter or fisherman when with the boys. The focus on all outings with the boys is  the boys.

KOZ provides certified training for the men at each church. Each group should be lead by a certified trained KOZ adult. Each volunteer is encouraged to train at some point but this does not mean that ever volunteer is trained. Each church assumes responsibility of their KOZ group leaders, volunteers and their program.

The kids who come to KOZ do not have to belong to the host church. As a matter of fact, they don’t have to go to church at all to come to a KOZ group. It is not and should not be used a recruitment tools for specific churches. Requiring KOZ kids to attend a specific church or church in general is a violation of KOZ guidelines. However, the KOZ leaders would love to have them!

The kids who come to KOZ do not have to belong to the host church. As a matter of fact, they don’t have to go to church at all. It is not and should not be used as a recruitment tool for specific churches. Requiring KOZ kids to attend a specific church or any church is a violation of the KOZ guidelines. Obviously, the KOZ leaders would love to have them!

Sure. The default way to train is to utilize the “Start a Group” page on our website and utilize the videos in Step 4, after you’ve registered and paid for your church. The videos and the manuals work well together and you and your men simply go through the training together (approximately 6 hours). However, if you would like a KOZ staff member to come to your church to train your men, you will need to pay for travel, and per diem. This would be scheduled by contacting KOZ National Office at 512-292-1113.

KOZ Statement of Faith and Foundation

God

We believe that there is one true, perfect God. God eternally exists as one God in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. He lived a perfect, sinless life on earth and was obedient to God the Father. He voluntarily paid the price for the sins of all people by dying on the cross as our substitute. After His death, He was raised to life with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. Jesus then ascended into heaven and is now at the right hand of God where He is the only mediator between God and man.

Holy Spirit

Once we enter into a personal relationship with God, through faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to permanently reside (indwell) within each believer. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and is thus fully and eternally God. The role of the Holy Spirit is helping us understand the Bible, convicting us of wrong and sin, giving us confidence in God, and enabling us to help others.

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word to us. The Bible was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is in essence, God’s manual for our lives.

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the major theme of God’s revelation in the Bible. In the Bible, we discover that throughout history man has been made right with God on the basis of faith. In the Old Testament, this faith looked forward to the coming of Christ, who would provide the ultimate payment for sin. Because of His great love for us, God provided forgiveness and eternal life through his Son, Jesus. When a person places their faith in Jesus Christ as the forgiver of their sins, they receive salvation as a free gift. This is the most important decision we will ever make in our life.

The Church

The result of accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is that we become a part of His body, or “the Church” universal. The Church universal is not limited by denominations, but is limited only by whether or not we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ.

MEET THE KOZ TEAM

Mission Statement: To Train Men in Churches to Mentor Boys Using Outdoor Adventure.

Greaney Family

TJ Greaney, Founder of KOZ

TJ is an award winning outdoor travel and adventure writer, photographer, radio show host and past President of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association.

He published a Texas lifestyle magazine with his wife Sandra for more than 20 years from their home in Austin, Texas. Country Line Magazine. Countrylinemagazine.com

He is also co-host with his oldest son, professional bass angler Cody Ryan, of the #1 outdoor adventure radio show, The Outdoor Zone. Theoutdoorzone.com

TJ’s daughter graduated from Texas A&M as an Ag teacher, his youngest son Jon-Michael is working on his Photography education.

If you ask TJ his passions he would tell you. Jesus Christ, his family including dear friends, the ministry of KOZ, writing, coffee and the cool air of the mountains. He is involved daily working with KOZ leaders, creating materials, fundraising and mentoring.

TJ is available to talk by calling his office – 512-292-1113.

Rick Magee, COO and East Coast Director KOZ

Rick is an outdoorsman by heart. Raised in Mississippi, Alabama and now living in Lynchburg, Virginia, Rick knows the outdoors. From the timber industry to ministry, he came to KOZ after years as the Executive Pastor at Hyland Heights Baptist church in Lynchburg.

Married to an amazing lady, Martha, and dad to three boys, Rick enjoys Jesus, family, a good tree stand in the fall and a farm pond or lake just about any time of year. Contact him at rick@kidsoutdoorzone.com

The Magee Family

Sandra L Greaney wife to T.J. & Special Event Coordinator/Office Support Manager

Sandra loves being involved in any and every aspect of KOZ. From organizing special events to speaking with the wives of the men serving, its all a joy to her.

On her off time, Sandra likes to go hiking with her husband T.J., playing board games, cooking with their adult children, and of course having fun with her grand-baby!

Her heart is joyful when she gets to study her Bible and God’s leading to connect older and younger women together for His glory.

Nicole Greaney

Nicole Greaney has been volunteering with KOZ over the last 10 years and loves everything about it!

She brings a high level knowledge and experience in nonprofit and corporate marketing, events, database management, fundraising and more.

Nicole is married to Cody Ryan Greaney, the son of TJ, and they have a beautiful little girl. Cody and Nicole recently moved on to a farm and are building their dreams in the countryside. Nicole loves Jesus, spending time with family and friends, singing, hunting, fishing, and visiting small town coffee shops.

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