Start New JOY Chapter

Is God stirring your heart to reach out to the women in your community with the love of Christ? Would you like to help women embrace a "Prayer...Care...Share" lifestyle?*  Do you want to network with Christian women from other churches in your community in a united endeavor?

If you answered YES to these questions, then launching a JOY Chapter might be right for you!

Who is JOY Interdenominational?

JOY Interdenominational ("JOY") is a cooperative and inter-denominational endeavor to help women in their quest for a meaningful life, a practical faith, and a vibrant relationship with God. It is:

  • The joy of seeing women come to Jesus
  • The joy of women using their spiritual gifts in a meaningful way
  • The joy of Christian unity among the various churches
  • The joy of friendships
  • The joy of answered prayer

How is JOY growing?

In March 2006 Fran Dwelle and a team of women launched JOY in Bismarck. Attendance at the annual JOY Breakfasts has grown to almost 700 women.

We are now expanding to other communities, particularly in North Dakota, and yours could be a chapter location we choose.

What is involved in running a JOY Chapter?

A JOY Council:

  • The leadership team which provides vision, administrative oversight, and training for the entire chapter

JOY Volunteers:

  • JOY doesn't happen without the dedication and help of its volunteers.

JOY Events:

  • JOY Breakfasts - large gatherings held one or two times annually
  • JOY Connection Groups - home Bible Studies
  • Java JOY - monthly casual gatherings at a local coffee house with open-forum discussions on issues of life and faith
  • Prayer Gatherings - scheduled times to pray for the women of the city
  • Growth and Equipping Seminars - spiritual training seminars on various topics
  • Community Outreach - practical help to community organizations that help touch women's lives

How can I start a JOY Chapter in my city? 

Take a look at the resources in the right column, including the information sheets. Once you are ready to take the first step for consideration, please fill out this form.

If you have any preliminary questions, email us at info [at] joyintl [dot] org. Include your name, phone number, and best time to reach you.

* "Prayer...Care...Share" is simply praying for those who are far from God, caring for them with practical acts of love and kindness, and then sharing Christ's love as opportunities open.