Joyful Life Church is a House Church seeking to nurture relationships that demonstrate the love of God, bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to ALL people groups, encourage believers to live an unapologetic and transparent Christ-centered life, and build up reproducing communities of believers through discipleship and continuous learning.
As it is written:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
– John 3:16
This small and wonderful House Church is currently led by Pastors Chris and Cathy Gardner in Monticello, Minnesota.
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In Christ and for HIS Glory!
Starting in late 2013, we began engaging in some deep discussions about church planting and explored denominational covering as well as the independent model. Following much prayer, great conversation, and excellent and wise counsel, we launched the process to be formally recognized as an independent church in late 2014.
We worked with an organization called StartCHURCH because of their expertise in this area and by June of 2015, we had established all of our proper documentation (such as Articles of Incorporation, Constitution, Bylaws, Policies, etc.) and received our 501(c)(3) status as a tax-exempt entity.
Throughout this process — before, during, and after we planted — we leaned heavily on (and will continue to lean on) our partnership with Harvest Network International, a truly exceptional organization with Spirit-led leaders.