Welcome to Joyful Life Church Ministries!
We started a House Church in 2010 in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit in small group fellowship while meeting in our family room. We prayerfully considered any and all opportunities to reach into our neighborhoods and surrounding communities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Over more than a decade, we met many “One Anothers” with whom we prayed and loved, laughed and cried, sang and worshiped, studied and grew.
In late 2022, the Lord showed us that it was time to put a pause on meeting in our home on Sunday mornings. While we will miss the “family room” church experience, we long to be obedient to His call.
We continue to pray about His will for our ministry. We believe that we will be encouraged by discipleship experiences with those whom He places in our path and we are open to His promptings to minister in workplace settings as well as in other parts of the nation and around the world.
Most people experience life in such a wide variety of ways… sometimes these experiences are vibrant and positive, sometimes dark and gloomy, sometimes broken and frightening, sometimes awesome and lovely, and so on. No one has ever lived the perfect life… Except for Jesus Himself. But so many people are seeking comfort and assurance. Some seek it in the arms of loved ones. Some seek it by burying themselves in their work. Some seek it in food. Some seek it in a glass. And so on…
We seek comfort and assurance — and JOY — in a faithful relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. And joy does NOT mean feeling happy all the time. That’s simply not possible. Even for folks who are naturally upbeat and optimistic, it isn’t possible to feel happiness all the time. To define Joy, we have to start somewhere more genuine — and close to Scripture.
Here’s a definition based on Scripture:
Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.
You’ll find nothing in that definition about happy feelings, because, as we all know, happiness is fleeting and temporary.
We strive to offer love and respect to all who wish to participate in BEING the church with us. We don’t get hung up on GOING to church… we believe that we ARE the church and that we should BE the church in everything we do, everywhere we go, and with everyone we meet and spend time with. This is how we can live a JOYFUL LIFE! By walking through our daily life experiences in a genuine, unapologetic, transparent Christ-centered way.