As women, we don’t spend enough time with each other, let alone make time for ourselves to get away with God. Finding Joy Ladies Night Out provides the connection and soul care we all need by bringing communities closer to Christ in a time of food, fellowship and fun.
// ONE-OF-A-KIND SPEAKERS: Each event features a combination of 4-5 keynote and panelist speakers who have been handpicked to inspire and encourage women in their faith. Visit our speakers page to learn more!
// FOOD & FUN: We love food and we love showering women with gifts to help them know they are loved! Each event features gourmet food and free giveaways and/or swag bags to give women something to remember the night by. Attendees are also given an opportunity to shop from local vendor booths before, during and after the event.
// WORSHIP: We were created to worship our Creator, and we believe there is power when we come together in worship! Every Finding Joy Ladies Night Out event will feature a live performance from a local or popular Christian artist.
// GIVING BACK: Finding Joy Ladies Night Out is proud to be a sponsor of The Lulu Tree. A certain percentage of event proceeds will go toward empowering this organization to keep doing the Kingdom work they have been called to do!
THE HISTORY OF FINDING JOY LADIES NIGHT OUT
As told by event founder, Lauren Gaskill: In 2015, God called me to launch the Finding Joy Podcast to encourage and inspire women to find joy in all of life’s moments and grow in their faith. As a woman who lives with an incurable connective tissue disorder, I know how hard it can be to choose joy and faith every day. But Jesus is worth it, and when we choose His joy and put our faith in Him, there is nothing we can’t overcome.
After hosting the podcast for about a year, I felt the Holy Spirit calling me to do a live version of the podcast in Des Moines, Iowa, where we were living at the time. At first, I laughed at the idea. I had a full-time job on top of ministry at the time and I didn’t see why the world needed another women’s event. But I couldn’t deny the calling, and in faith, I knew I had to trust God and step out into the deep — into the unknown where He was calling me.
I remember praying: God, I don’t see how anyone is going to come to this, but I know it’s what you are calling me to, so I guess let’s do this! By the grace of God, two months later we hosted our first Finding Joy Ladies Night Out (FJLNO) event. I expected maybe 40 people to show up, but that number was closer to 140! After the event, several women came up to me in tears thanking me for hosting the program. Many even asked when the next one was going to be. In that moment, it was clear to me that God had big plans for FJLNO and that He was going to bless His daughters mightily through it.
Fast forward to fall 2017. With two local events under our belts, once again I felt the Holy Spirit calling out to me. This time, however, it was to take the event on the road and do some sort of national tour. Because I know nothing is too big or impossible for our God, I didn’t hesitate at the calling this time. Instead, I got on my knees and prayed. I waited and listened, and, after receiving confirmation after confirmation I took the leap. And that’s where we find ourselves today.
This event was born out of a desire to shower women with joy and strengthen their faith, and that is why, so long as the Lord calls us to continue moving forward, we will continue to host these events. For His glory, for His name. For His honor, for His fame. Our hope with Finding Joy Ladies Night Out is to provide a night out for women to relax and reconnect with Christ — all while making connections with other women in their community. We hope you’ll join us on this amazing adventure of finding joy wherever God leads.