The Drawing Near to God Teaching and & Worship Experience is the cornerstone of the ministry. Beginning almost two decades ago as a small Bible study, it has since grown into an interdenominational ministry that reaches over 200 women each week during Joanne’s live teaching, and hundreds more through DNG Community Groups and online.

The Teaching & Worship Experience is a weekly immersion into the word of the Lord, where Joanne challenges women to declutter their lives and make space for God. The Teaching & Worship Experience is divided into two semesters. It offers women an opportunity to participate weekly in an intimate small group study, an uplifting praise and worship experience and then a “deep dive” into scripture with Joanne. Joanne’s true passion for the Bible makes her an engaging speaker, who expresses both vulnerability and humor in her teachings.

Four Opportunities to Join Joanne for our Teaching & Worship Experience:

  • Live on Wednesday mornings at St. Peter’s Church in Mount Pleasant

  • Live on Thursday mornings at Ashley River Baptist Church in West Ashley

  • By joining or starting a Community Group

  • Via streaming (at your own pace and schedule) 

The Teaching & Worship Experience is divided into two 13-week semesters – Fall (September through December) and Winter/Spring (January through April).

In the Winter/Spring 2019 semester, Joanne will teach two studies that she has written –Tearing Down the Fences of Offenses (3 weeks) and Living in God’s Presence (10 weeks). Scroll down for more information and to register!


In 2019 you can join us for Teaching & Worship and to hear Joanne teach from her studies,  Tearing Down the Fences of Offenses and Living in God’s Presence in the Winter/Spring (13 weeks).

There is a $45 Registration Fee, which covers the following:

  • Study guides & online resources (including a streaming license, so you can view Joanne’s teachings online as well)
  • Engaging group discussion, powerful worship, dynamic teaching & prayer ministry

We also have childcare available for children up to 5 years, for an additional $5/week per family (paid on-site via cash or check as you go).

Wednesday Mornings

Winter/Spring  – January 9- April 3

  • 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Saint Peter’s Church (1307 Porchers Bluff Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466)

Thursday Mornings

Winter/Spring  – January 10 – April 4

  • 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Ashley River Baptist Church (1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407)

Gather with other women to view the streaming of Joanne’s weekly teaching and enjoy small group discussion and fellowship – just like those who are attending our live teaching & worship experience, but in a location and time that works for you. Register below to join a community group in the Charleston area or contact us below start your own.

  • $45 Registration Fee per semester covers study guide, online resources, streaming and equipping for group leaders

Contact us at if you would like to start your own Community Group.


If you cannot join us live or via a community group, you can purchase a streaming license. Those individuals who are registered for Live Teaching & Worship and Community Groups also receive this license as part of their registration fee.

Choose which study you’d like to stream below. The  license to stream the 3-week Tearing Down the Fences of Offenses study can be purchased for $20, the license to purchase the 10-week Living in God’s Presence study can be purchased for $30, or you can purchase the license to stream both for $45.

Teaching & Worship Experience Registration

Complete Form to Register for 2019 Winter/Spring Teaching & Worship Experience

We will accept in-person registrations at the experience each week at St. Peter’s on Wednesdays and at Ashley River Baptist on Thursdays. If you want to sign up to join a Community Group (not our live Teaching & Worship Experience), please sign up here.

  • Please complete one registration per individual.
  • Joanne will teach her course on Isaiah in the fall at both St. Peter's and Ashley River Baptist Church (13 weeks total) and two courses, Tearing Down the Fences of Offenses and God's Great and Precious Promises (13 weeks total) during the winter/spring semester. We also have community groups available where you can join a group that meets in someone's home in various locations across the Charleston area.
  • Price: $12.00 Quantity:
    Our ministry year will conclude with a Celebration Luncheon during the final week of Teaching & Worship (April 3/4) and will be a ticketed event. Location and final date is TBD but if you would like to go ahead and purchase your ticket, you can do so here. **You can also purchase multiple tickets to "sponsor" the lunch for someone else.**
  • Please indicate if you have any requests for a small group leader or if you would like to be with a group of a particular type (age group, other moms, etc.) We will do our best to accommodate any preference requests.
  • We want to be sure to accommodate any special needs that you may have. Please indicate if any of the following apply:
  • We are able to offer childcare for children ages 0-5 on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost of childcare is $5/week per family, which will be collected when you drop off your child. Please indicate if you need childcare, for how many children and their names & ages.
  • The Joyce Petzold Scholarship fund was established in 2017 to honor the life of Joyce Petzold, a beloved member of the Drawing Near to God ministry family. The scholarship fund provides financial assistance to cover the cost of registration and materials fees for others to attend the weekly Teaching & Worship Experience. If you would like to donate to this fund, enter your desired donation amount here:
  • If you have a coupon code, please enter it here.
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