Imagine you walk through the door, look around, take it all in, and feel the tensions of the day start to roll off your shoulders in little waves. All these girlfriends, gathered around a table and waving you in with words of welcome. You ask, “How did you find this place?”
We look at each other, smile, pull out a chair and say, “Get comfy — we’ll share the secrets with you.”
DaySpring, the Christian subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., has always sought to connect people with the heart of God. In 2009, a talented team of individuals decided to extend that vision to an online community of women.
Our name represents DaySpring’s goal of bringing women into deeper community with Christ and with one another. The (in) means that we are in Christ, connected, and in community with each other. From all of this comes true courage.
We felt called to be real, authentic, brave women for the Kingdom and wanted to connect with other women who did as well.
At its core, (in)courage is a friend that comes alongside you. We aren’t offering a quick fix for your struggles, but rather, a community and the life-giving tools to equip you right in the midst of the chaos. Through blog posts, book clubs, one-of-a-kind products, and sharing encouragement through all our social media channels, our heart is to help every woman build more meaningful relationships and find herself among friends.
2008: Holley Gerth and Stephanie Bryant dream of a home for the hearts of women online.
2009: Holley & Stephanie introduce (in)courage for the first time at the She Speaks conference. First contributors are invited to write for (in)courage. The first post goes up in August.
2010: Guest posts are featured at incourage.me.
2013: (in)Mercy is launched, and the (in)courage community raises $100,000 in 5 months.
2014: (in)courage products are resources are launched at DaySpring.com.
2014: Nine new contributors are added.
2015: Partnership with LifeWay and B&H Publishing begins.
2018: Ten new contributors are added.
Over the years (in)courage has hosted:
(in) Real Life Online Conference and Meetups: 2012 – 2014, 2017
Derived from the social media acronym “IRL” or “in real life,” (in)RL was one of the first virtual conferences of its kind, combining online learning with real life meet-ups. Instead of asking women to travel to us, we brought all the content to them through webcast videos and local meet-ups. In 2017 we hosted (in) real life: FRIENDED in partnership with LifeWay Women. (in) real life FRIENDED was held live in Nashville and simulcast around the world.
Online Community Groups: 2012 – 2014
We believe friendship can transcend time zones, cultures and blog comment boxes – and out of that the vision for (in)couragers’ community groups was born. For two years, thousands of women came together with like-hearted sisters-in-Christin online communities, where they were encouraged, heard, and supported by new friends around the world.
Book Clubs: 2011 – present
We really, really like words, and firmly believe that a good book and a good friend are two of God’s greatest blessings. You can access all of our past Bloom book studies, find our more recent book clubs and recommended reads — read along at your own pace — and join current book clubs based off of our very own titles!
Current Partnership with LifeWay / B&H Publishing: 2015 – present
We’ve partnered with the wonderful people at B&H to write and produce books, devotionals, Bibles, events and gifts that will help women build meaningful relationships. Our bookshelf currently includes:
- Craving Connection: 30 Practical Challenges for Real-life Engagement
- Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships
- We Saved You A Seat Bible Study: Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships
- A Moment to Breathe: 365 Daily Devotions that Will Meet You in Your Everyday Mess
- Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation
- Just Open the Door Bible Study
- … with more titles and projects coming soon!
It’s a place where you’re always welcome, just the way you are. At (in)courage, our heart is for you to always find yourself in the stories shared by women in all ages and stages of life, living in different areas of the world, who all love Jesus. We celebrate unique voices and experiences at (in)courage: married, single, working full-time in or out of the home, stay-at-home moms, empty nesters, young adults, city dwellers, rural farm gals, and everything in between.
Meet our monthly contributors. These are the women who write regularly for (in)courage. Every day they take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their every day, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives.
Along with our current writers, we deeply value our past contributors. These women, the ones who helped shape this place and spoke to our souls, remain dear to our hearts. You can continue to connect with our former monthly contributors — here are their (in)courage posts and websites:
- Amber C. Haines (website)
- Andrea Mitchell
- Angela Nazworth
- Angie Smith (website)
- Ann Voskamp (website)
- Anne Marie Miller (website)
- Annie F. Downs (website)
- Arianne Segerman
- Bianca Olthoff (website)
- Crystal Stine (website)
- Deidra Riggs (website)
- Emily P. Freeman (website)
- Heather George (website)
- Heather Gemmen Wilson (website)
- Kristen Welch (website)
- Lisa-Jo Baker (website)
- Lisa Leonard (website)
- Liz Curtis Higgs (website)
- Lysa TerKeurst (website)
- Melissa Michaels (website)
- Myquillyn Smith (website)
- Sara Frankl (website)
- Sarah Markley
- Shannan Martin (website)
- Tsh Oxenreider (website)
- Past events, book clubs and more on YouTube
- Daily posts of encouragement and beauty on Facebook and Instagram
- Bite-sized words of encouragement on Twitter
- Resources and gifts to uplift and bless, from the (in)courage line at DaySpring
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