WE WANT OUR WHOLE WORLD TO JOYFULLY KNOW JESUS.
Joyful City Vision
Joyful City began as a small group of people - who didn't really know what was going on, what to expect, or what they were getting themselves into - gathered in Pastor David Jo's office at Joyful Church in the winter of 2011. At that time Pastor David felt led by the Lord to start a ministry within Joyful Church that would empower English-speaking church leaders to reach foreigners in South Korea and to make an impact for God's kingdom in South Korea and beyond.
This led Pastor David to invite Pastor Jimmy Lee to join Joyful Church to plant and start this ministry. This in turn led to that day in Pastor David's office where he introduced Pastor Jimmy to a few members of Joyful Church - predominantly consisting of South Korean nationals - that had a heart for foreigners in Korea but no idea who this guy was that Pastor David was introducing to them, and no idea what was about to happen. Thus, the humble beginnings of Joyful City began.
Since that time in that office, Joyful City has grown not only into a "English-ministry", but rather a dynamic international ministry consisting of English-speaking foreigners, Korean-speaking foreigners, English-speaking Koreans, and yes, Korean-speaking Koreans! Joyful City continues to thrive today as a church with the unique relationship, covering, blessing, unity and support of it's parent church, Joyful Church, to advance God's kingdom in our city, our nation, and to the ends of the earth.
At Joyful City, our desire is to be both a community that is a family of God and an army of the Lord. A group who care for one another but also reach the world together. A people who are blessed and are also a blessing. A company of Believers that prosper for God's purpose. A cadre of disciples standing strong and yet laying down our lives for others. We are the strong and the weak. We are the lost and the found. We are the haves and have nots. We are the broken and the healed. We are the running and the crawling. We are the ones on the mountain top and walking through the valley. We are the struggling. We are the victorious.
That's us. We are Joyful City and we are all about Jesus.
We believe that "kingdom joy" is the key to being and becoming radical disciples of Jesus. Therefore, we want to do all that we can to help people discover the “joy of the Lord” in their lives by helping them to rethink their understanding of God, reimagine what church can be like and ultimately reveal Jesus in the process.
At Joyful City we want God to be glorified and His mission fulfilled by seeing: the Gospel preached, the lost reached, churches planted, missionals activated, missionaries sent, marriages championed, youth impacted, mercy given, resources shared, prayers lifted, worship elevated, spheres influenced, disciples made, and culture changed.