Joy of Jesus, Inc.

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Joy of Jesus, Inc. ("Joy of Jesus") is an interdenominational Christian organization whose mission is to positively influence urban youth, families and their environment with Christ-centered programs that can be replicated in other communities. This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with As such it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Joy of Jesus, Inc.
12255 Camden
Detroit, MI 48213


Phone: (313) 839-4747


Organization details

EIN: 382138661

CEO/President: Mr. Allen Sheffield

Chairman: Mr. David Gamlin

Board size: 5

Founder: Rev. Eddie Edwards

Year founded: 1977

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Joy of Jesus, Inc. ("Joy of Jesus") is an interdenominational Christian organization whose mission is to positively influence urban youth, families and their environment with Christ-centered programs that can be replicated in other communities.

To fulfill this mission, Joy of Jesus conducts coordinated programs in the Ravendale neighborhood of Detroit to promote community awareness, health and employment, positive relations between youth and adults, and to build a strong community for all residents. These ongoing programs include: Youth Development (summer camp, after school spiritual, recreational, and character development programs); New Child Development Center (a Christ-centered, preschool through second grade learning facility); Training Community Development (referrals for job training and placement, food bank, assistance to residents, community activities, and sale of homes to low and moderate income residents); Camden House (provides counseling and family intervention to residents of the Ravendale neighborhood); Detroit Center for Entrepreneurship (mission is to assist youth and adults alike in the development of their vision as an entrepreneur; to change the mindset and rate of illiteracy in inner-city youth and aid in the development of character, self-esteem, leadership and employment skills); and, G.A.P. (provides guidance to welfare families from the start, when they still have a welfare mentality, to the development of dependable working habits, flowing from a new "work mentality"). Joy of Jesus receives the majority of its funding from corporate foundations and individual contributions.

This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with As such it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.

Prudent donors want to understand what it is they are going to support. Some ministries claim they have no legal obligation to share financial or other information -- but they do have a moral obligation to do so. Without access to comprehensive ministry information it is not possible for donors to make optimal giving decisions. Ministries that seek to obscure critical information from scrutiny undermine the faith and trust of donors and damage attitudes that have a long term negative impact. For those few ministries that state it has no legal obligation, it should be noted that donors are even less so obligated with any legalist obligation to give, but they do have a moral obligation to give in a prudent and wise fashion. Transparency is a consensus of practical sound wisdom. Many Christians are willing to live ethically without a governmental entity mandating that they do so. Transparency is the key component to a growing and prosperous donor -- ministry relationship and fundamental to long-term ministry success. Information, however, must be timely, relevant, accurate and complete for it to be used effectively.

Christians should have nothing to fear by being open. All will be judged at a future date, and with this thought in mind, how are we to conduct ourselves before God today? Organizations described as "Christian Ministries" are at least giving people an image of God. Is God characterized as closed, impartial and hidden; or, open, personable and knowable? Scripture enjoins Christians to conduct themselves honestly (1 Thes. 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:2), with due candor (Jms. 5:12) and grace (Col. 4:6), without deliberate offense to Jew, Gentile or the Church of God (1 Cor. 10:32), with decency and orderliness (1 Cor. 14:40), blameless, giving no occasion for rebuke (Phil. 2:15), and offering no opportunity for false accusation (1 Pet. 3:16). Responsibility for the resources God has placed in the trust of His saints is called "stewardship" in the Bible (1 Pet. 4:10), the person responsible for the resources is called the "steward" (Lk. 12:42; 16:1-8). Most Christians would not argue with the principle that the chief aim of man is to ..."to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." However, how can a "Christian Ministry" "glorify God" if they are not open? Are not organizations that hide things characterized as cults? Should not Christian ministries lead by example? Besides being characterized as a steward, Christians can be characterized as ambassadors and as light because God is light. Just these few summary ideas indicate that Christian ministries should be open and transparent. In addition, responsibility to God is linked to responsibility to government and mankind.'s hope is that Christian ministries are indeed an example to follow and not otherwise. It is one of our premises that Christians should be light in a world of darkness and as such, Christians should be setting the standard by their conduct.

It is not enough for ministries to live up to the minimum of any written law, or to give all men their due. Ministries ought to give them more than their due. Ministries should be concentrating on the good of others, seeking reward in self-denial and sacrifice, and not of personal advantage. Therefore ministries should treat others as they would want to be treated by them, regardless of unworthiness and ingratitude.

Donors should be seeking information before they give as well as after. Before in order to have an idea where the money is intended, as well as if it corresponds to the donors values. And then after to see if it really happened. Trust but verify, so that they know if they would desire to continue to give.

Mission statement

The mission of Joy of Jesus is to equip urban youth to lead and succeed; to positively influence their families and environment through exciting Christ-centered programs that can be replicated.

Statement of faith

We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son, is fully God and became truly human through His virgin birth. His sinless life, voluntary death, shed blood, and bodily resurrection were necessary and sufficient for the redemption of man-the justification of sinners through faith in Him. He will return to earth in glory.

We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God. Through His power and presence, He is the effective agent in the new birth, and through His indwelling, empowers the believer for godly living and service.

We believe that God created man in his image as a moral and rational being. The historic fall of man into sin and his disobedience, individually and corporately, produced divine condemnation.

We believe the redeemed will be resurrected to the everlasting presence and enjoyment of God, and the unredeemed will be resurrected to judgment and everlasting punishment.

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Sector: Community Development

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$36,846
Short-term investments$0$0
Other current assets$0$0
Total current assets$316$46,559
Long-term investments$0$0
Fixed assets$235,949$770,579
Other long-term assets$1,284,899$1,116,571
Total long-term assets$1,520,848$1,887,150
Total assets$1,521,164$1,933,709
Payables and accrued expenses$458,380$250,457
Other current liabilities$0$0
Total current liabilities$458,380$250,457
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$300,314$283,083
Total liabilities$758,694$533,540
Net assets20102009
Temporarily restricted$0$0
Permanently restricted$1,284,899$1,116,571
Net assets$762,470$1,400,169
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$65,707$181,537
Program service revenue$625$35,190
Membership dues$0$0
Investment income$0$0
Other revenue$0$0
Total other revenue$625$35,190
Total revenue$66,332$216,727
Program services$691,537$0
Management and general$9,315$0
Total expenses$704,031$0
Change in net assets20102009
Surplus (deficit)($637,699)$216,727
Other changes in net assets$0$0
Total change in net assets($637,699)$216,727


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/18/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Joy of Jesus is a faith-based nonprofit organization founded in 1976 by the late Reverend Eddie K. Edwards. The ministry was founded as a result of prayer, fasting and crying out to the Lord to help the young people in the City of Detroit, Michigan. Since its inception, Joy of Jesus has developed programs that enhance academic achievement, build leadership skills, and promote self-sufficiency in young adults and their communities. Joy of Jesus has received recognition and numerous awards over the years for the impact made in the lives of youth, their families and communities. One of those awards was the 107th Points of Light Award received in 1990 from President George H. Bush for its work in the community.

On June 22, 2001, at the "A Joyful Celebration" event celebrating 25 years of faithful service to youth, families and churches, Reverend Edwards retired and handed the mantle of responsibility for Joy of Jesus to Pastor Allen T. Sheffield. Pastor Sheffield had served Joy of Jesus with Rev. Edwards in various capacities over the previous 10 years. Prior to becoming President of Joy of Jesus, Pastor Sheffield served as its Chairman of the Board for three years.

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