Joy Starts Here! Kansas City

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Have you ever asked yourself “What is it that I’m really looking for in life?”

We search for meaning in our families, careers or in relationship with God. Behind our search is a deep desire to experience true joy.

What is true joy?

Why is it that joy is so elusive?

What can we do to experience it more fully?

Can it really change our relationships and our lives?

Find out at the first ever Joy Starts Here! Conference, coming to Kansas City on September 25 & 26.

Joy Starts Here! draws from Scripture and the latest brain science for powerful transformation.  Participants will experience real joy and practice fun ways to share joy with others.

Don’t miss this opportunity!  Seating is limited, so reserve your place now.

Featured speakers at Joy Starts Here


Dr. Jim Wilder has been ministering Since 1977 and teaching in the areas of trauma and addiction recovery, spiritual and emotional maturity, multi-generational community development, and the brain science of relationships. His understanding of both the theology and neuroscience of joy is foundational for healing, growth and life transformation. More about Dr. Wilder



Ed Khouri is the director of Equipping Hearts where he leads workshops in churches and ministries to help equip workers to serve hurting men and women in their community. As a co-author of Joy Starts Here, and co-creator of Connexus.



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What you will learn at Joy Starts Here

• Practical skills and strategies for building joy in you and others - in all aspects of your life.
• What hinders joy and how to overcome those hindrances.
• How to be better equipped to spread joy throughout your home, work, school and community.

 When & Where

Location: Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114:
• Friday, 9/25 - 7-9pm Joy Starts Here, Main Event with Jim Wilder & Ed Khouri
• Saturday, 9/26 - 9am-5pm - Joy Starts Here, Main Event with Jim Wilder & Ed Khouri

Location: Quiviria Campus, 12501 W 137th St, Overland Park, KS 66221:
• Thursday 9/24 - 6:30-8:30pm - Why Is Love So Stressful? Speaker Jim Wilder, Childcare is available for this session. Register for Childcare (This event is geared toward Caregivers of Foster/Adopt/Children at Risk but anyone is welcome to attend.)

Location: Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114:
• Thursday, 9/24 - 6:30-8:30pm - Immanuel Approach – Practical Applications, Speaker Ed & Martiza Khouri
• Friday, 9/25 - 11am - Joy Starts Here For Leaders Luncheon, Speaker Jim Wilder (This event is geared toward pastors/leaders, although, anyone is welcome to attend.)


Some nearby hotels we suggest include:

Holiday Inn & Suites Convention Center 4.2 miles
Courtyard Marriott 4.3 miles
Hilton Garden Inn Overland Park 4.5 miles


For more info or if you would like to help us promote this event please contact Kim Specker or Wendy Winpigler at