No Greater Joy is the ministry of Michael & Debi Pearl under the auspices of No Greater Joy Ministries Inc. Michael has been a pastor, missionary, and evangelist for over 60 years. The Pearls have 5 children, all homeschooled. They have grown up to become missionaries and church leaders. Though holding a degree from the Mid-South Bible College, when Michael is asked for his credentials on child training he points to his five children.
As goes the child so goes the future adult—and the future parent. At every moment, parents holding little children are holding the future. Parenting, the most important and demanding job in the world comes on us by default. Ready or not, prepared or ill-equipped, all parents produce fruit that lasts throughout eternity. It is like stopping everyone that walks down the street and seating them at a piano to play for five minutes. The melody or the dissonance goes on and on from one generation to the next unless someone takes the time to break the cycle and learn the skill…of parenting.
Through books, CDs, and now digital media, the Pearls are training parents to break the bad habits passed down from former generations and to recognize and emulate the wisdom of those who have gone before. The Bible and common sense are the foundations for effective parenting.
Our ministry is entirely nonprofit, overseen by the board of directors. No Greater Joy Ministries is registered with the State of Tennessee and complies with all statutes as a non-profit religious organization.
The Pearls do not receive royalties from the sale of their child training materials. The profits from sales are used to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ through missionaries and the production of new materials on parenting and the home.
The Pearls’ first book on child training, To Train Up A Child, was published in August 1994. To date, over 650,000 have been printed in English. Since 1994 it has also been translated into many foreign languages. In response to the many letters and questions, the Pearls publish a free bi-monthly, 40-page magazine, No Greater Joy. Also, a variety of books, CDs, and DVDs have been produced and made available at minimal cost.
In order to fulfill their call as husband and wife, parents, and authors they cannot answer every phone call, letter, or e-mail personally, but have a fine staff and use the bi-monthly newsletter to respond to the many questions that they receive from people. Before you write to them, we ask that you FIRST make use of our publications to find answers to your child training problems. Most questions they receive are already answered in the books and CDs. Unfortunately, they cannot answer the majority of letters due to the sheer volume of mail they receive. We want the email to be available for those with pressing critical problems such as violence, losing children to state welfare agencies, etc., and for unusual problems not addressed in our published materials (books, audio, and video).