“Christian community is the place where we keep the flame of hope alive among us and take it seriously so that it can grow and become stronger in us.” Henri Nouwen
It all begins with God and the decision to follow Him. For Chronic Joy, that includes a clear Statement of Faith.
In addition to our personal relationship with God, we were created for relationship with one another. Community spurs us on, encouraging and inspiring us. It’s where we care for each other and help one another up.
It takes time for churches and organizations to flesh out chronic illness ministries within their walls. And it takes people willing to lead even when we don’t feel well, which is why we’ve created streamlined and easy-to-use tools and resources. Before we even wrote our first book, we developed resources to make this process easier:
Community can be challenging for those with chronic illness. Why?
- Churches may not understand the significant challenges associated with chronic physical and/or mental illness.
- They may not recognize our needs when we don’t look sick.
- They may not yet know how to “do” community for those affected by chronic illness, or how to flesh out small groups in creative ways.
- Meeting times and places may be difficult due to symptoms, medications, treatments, and/or energy reserves.
- We might need transportation to meetings.
- We might need financial assistance to purchase materials.
- We might need wheelchair access to bathrooms, elevators, and classrooms.
These hurdles and so many more make traditional community challenging, yet we were made for community, so where does that leave us?
Let’s begin to broaden the vision for community. There are many creative options available today, tools like Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype. With God at the center, community can creatively thrive.
Because community is important to God, it’s important to Chronic Joy Ministry too. That’s why we’ve published the first three books in the Chronic Joy Thrive study series, the first book in our Abide study series, as well as a companion resource for small group leaders.
Our hearts’ desire is for small group communities to develop, grow, and thrive.
Does your church effectively serve and include those affected by chronic physical and/or mental illness? Do you have 3 minutes? We’d love your help! Include your voice. Take our short SURVEY FOR CHURCHES.
Would your church like to survey those in your congregation and receive specific results? Please email us at: email@example.com.
This 10-chapter study invites participants to experience radical hope and compassionate change in a life with chronic illness.
No matter how dark the days, how wild the storm, how deep the valley, or how long the winter, there is hope.
There is always hope.
What if purpose looks different than we believe?
This 10-chapter study invites participants to release cultural and traditional definitions of purpose, and instead, to embrace God’s – a timeless definition rooted in His Word and as refreshing as a gentle spring rain.
This 10-chapter study powerfully reminds us that our value isn’t found in what we can or cannot do, but in Christ alone. Regardless of what we’ve lost through chronic illness, this isn’t the end of our story, for in spite of our circumstances, in the midst of the hard, when we’re not sure we can take even one more breath, God is still good.
Rejuvenate, Revitalize, Rekindle and Reconnect
This insightful and enriching 10-chapter study, designed just for couples, offers you and your spouse a safe place to grieve, heal, grow, and begin to dream together again – to thrive as one – in sickness and in health.
GRACE, TRUTH & TIME is a valuable resource for leaders. Learn to lead through God’s grace; create a space for spiritual growth and healing; empathize, listen and engage with those in pain; grow in prayer and compassion; foster hope and encouragement; build small group communities that thrive.
CREATIVE WAYS TO USE OUR STUDIES
Looking for creative ways to connect with others as you unpack the Chronic Joy studies? This FREE printable does just that! Click here for Creative Ways to Use Our Studies.
CREATIVE WAYS TO SERVE
Chronic illness can make serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways more challenging, but not impossible. We invite you to discover creative new ways to love God and love others right where you are, however you are able. CREATIVE WAYS TO SERVE
Our Licensing Agreement provides the framework for churches and organizations to launch Chronic Joy programs for those affected by chronic physical and/or mental illness. Taking this important step opens the door to community and invites people to discover hope, find purpose, embrace worth and encounter God’s indescribable joy as they learn to do life together.
Are you interested in starting a small group or a chronic illness ministry in your church?
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.