GIFT OF COMMUNITY
“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20
We were created for community. We need community. Without each one of us, the Body of Christ is incomplete and it cannot thrive, yet community can also be one of the most challenging aspects of life with chronic illness.
As we begin to share life authentically in the context of a small group, whether online or in person, we begin to discover who we are together as the Body of Christ: praying for and encouraging one another, lifting each other up, loving and caring for one another, bearing with each other, worshipping, confessing, serving, forgiving, honoring, crying and rejoicing with one another.
Small groups may look very different. Your group might meet in person at a local coffee shop, church or private home, or your group might meet virtually via Facebook Video, Google Hangouts or Skype. We have only one important rule – we encourage groups of no more than six members, so each person feels loved, seen and heard.
The Gift of Community grew out of own desire to do life together. By removing barriers, providing resources and offering encouragement to step into community, Chronic Joy Ministry is here to equip you with everything you need to build small groups that thrive:
- Up to six copies of Discovering Hope: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness
- A copy of Grace, Truth & Time: Facilitating Small Groups That Thrive
- Prayer postcards
- Reproducible prayer request cards
- Additional resources available under the Leaders tab
**International requests will receive Discovering Hope and Grace, Truth & Time.
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