Almost three years ago we opened wide the door of this online beach house called (in)courage.

We invited you to come in, put your sandy feet on the coffee table, talk late into the night with your friends and listen for God’s voice in return.

And it was beautiful.

Yet as time went on, we realized it simply wasn’t enough.

We wanted a way to also be in your lives, your real life.

Not that online isn’t real but it is different. And we wanted a way to also hug your neck, hear your laugh, wipe that tear away and pass the chocolate. We wanted to be able to say, “Cute shirt!” and hear your accent or watch that crease in your brow take shape when you talk about the hard day you had this week.

We wanted to connect in the face-to-face, the day-to-day.

And we wanted a way to connect you to each other more too.

Jesus is “the Word made flesh” and there’s something powerful about stepping out of the spiritual and into the tangible too. It’s what He did. And it’s what we wanted to do too.

Especially Lisa-Jo. She has carried the (in)RL vision the way a mama carries a baby. Pregnant with promise. Faithfully laboring with the (in)courage team.

Now it’s time.

It’s time for you to join us today for the opening sessions – A Community Keynote, Sara’s Story and our silly behind-the-scenes blooper reel. Then it’s time tomorrow to slip on your favorite shoes, slide out the door and find your way to a local meet-up. It’s time for coffee shops, church fellowships, living rooms and more.

It’s time for us to see each other not just with with our hearts but with our eyes too.

It’s time to hug and laugh and connect and be together.

In real life.

Will you join us? It’s not too late. You can register here. Then just find a local meet-up here or curl up on your sofa with a cup of tea and tune in with us.

We invited you in on the first day to this place online.

And we’re inviting you again because it’s not the same without you.

You are (in)courage…always have been, always will be.

And we love you.

Now go love on each other too.
~Holley, co-founder of (in)courage

Some helpful handouts, tips and FAQs for (in)RL:

  • A handy-dandy technology checklist in case you run into bumps on the Internet highway trying to tune into the webcast!
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  • sonyamacdesigns

    and Thanks be to you ALL in the BODY of Christ for your crazy obedience to HIM that loves and keeps us.

    • Holley Gerth

      Crazy obedience, love that Sonya! Thank you! :)

  • Kristen Strong

    Let’s get this party started!

    • Holley Gerth


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  • Sarah Royal

    Hi Ladies,
    I’m new, but I am loving Incourage! Will InRL be available to view after the fact? I’m traveling this weekend, but would love to view later!
    Enjoy your time together, ladies!

  • Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home

    I hope more people sign up today!

    • Holley Gerth

      Yes, it’s not too late!!

  • Celeste

    I love you women for doing this!!! Just watched the webcast and Chosing Joy this day, as I continue to walk through this HARD season in my life. HE is so faithful to bring this to me for such a time as this. May the Lord bless all of us for participating and cherishing each other.
    Until HE shouts,
    Celeste Hill

    • Holley Gerth

      Thanks for joining in with us, Celeste!

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  • Reese

    Kudos to the (in)courage team, and prayers for all meet-ups. May you feel Jesus holding you, as you bravely venture out into your community. : )

    I’m in Oklahoma, and attending the Tulsa meet-up, so holler if you are near!! I would love to meet you.

    • Holley Gerth

      Howdy, neighbor! Miss you!

  • Hannah

    This is definitely a little off topic, but I was wondering if (in)courage is still doing monthly desktop calendars. I LOVED them! And maybe I’m just missing them now?

    • LJ

      Yup, just click the “calendar” tab in the top navigation menu.

  • Gina

    I totally missed this info until this morning!! How awesome! I soo wish that I could join you all. I think God is using this as a test for me this morning. I got so excited when I saw that you guys had this going on this weekend and then realized that I don’t have any money to even register. Could I borrow it from a friend….sure….but we are in need of other things right now so it was definitely a test and I hope I passed. I will be praying for you as you all come together. I will be there in spirit :)

    Again….what an awesome way to bring women together in Christ!!!

    • Lisa-Jo@thegypsymama

      Hey Gina,

      Maybe He wanted us to give you a sponsored registration? We have a few left and we’d love to bless you with one – email and she’ll hook you up :)

  • Roxane Miller

    Anyone else not get their t-shirt yet? I signed up on April 11th, but still waiting.

  • Nikole Hahn

    I’ll be there from home. I’ll be attending today at 3 p.m. MST for the 6 p.m. webcast and on twitter, too.

  • Nikole Hahn

    And tomorrow, too, early in the morning though.

    • Lisa-Jo@thegypsymama

      Oh no! Shoot us an email and we’ll look into it!

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  • Debbie

    I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the videos this morning! I was almost late for work as I was engrossed in hearing Sara’s story. But it was well worth it. Her story touched my heart. I am in the process of writing a book about lessons learned from the dying and so this one was special to hear. I’ve sat beside many a dying patient as I worked for 25 years as a cardiovascular nurse specialist. I kept notes on the lessons I learned from each one.

    I look forward to the other sessions. What a blessing to be able to access this conference online. And I love getting to see and hear many of my favorite bloggers!

    Blessings and love,

  • Karen

    I thought today was really wonderful! I know SOOOO much time and effort went in to it….KNOW it was worth it!!!!

    THANKS!!!!! I am looking forward to tomorrow….though I will probably be right up to the 48 hour deadline getting all the videos in!

    GREAT JOB! May the Lord multiply all of it!!!!!!

  • Mel

    Loved, loved, LOVED the videos today! What a blessing this (in)courage community is…so grateful to be a little part of it. Thanks SO much for all of your time and hard work! I can hardly wait for tomorrow! :)

  • Dessie

    Thank y’all so much for sharing what community really means.. This is awesome.. I’ve been the quite (shy) person. I would keep to myself and still do. But y’all having open up doors that I thought could not be opened. Thank you and God bless y’all.

  • Jeri Taira

    Today was amazing. Tomorrow can come fast enough. Thank you so much and for the materials coming in May. I’ll be able to share with other people as well and learn even more about community.

    God Bless – You all rock community :D

  • cindy

    A huge round of applause to the inCourage team you ladies are a true blessing and an amazing encouragement for millions of us. I live in Las Vegas (Yes Sin City) ladies here are so reserved and not very in to community so I am often discouraged but am not determined more than ever to carry on to keep trying to keep reaching out and opening my home to women all over the valley thank you for all you do day after beautiful day for being REAL and sharing your hearts with the world!!! Cindy

    • cindy

      should say NOW* determined Cindy

  • Stacey Dawn

    The words “thank you” for (in)RL are so inadequate. Even though I ended up watching the videos alone at home, I felt so apart of the Community of Christ. Bless you all for all you’ve done and shared. Thank you for being real and encouraging me to be vulnerable and real – exactly who Jesus made me to be.

  • Courtney F.

    Thank you to incourage for an amazing opportunity, to come together in real life, to experience community… to just BE. So glad that your God-sized dream was realized because it has brought so many women together, online and in real life. Today was wonderful!