Gift of Community

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
  • Bookmarks
  • Additional resources available under the Leaders tab

**International requests will receive Discovering Hope and Grace, Truth & Time. – Some restrictions may apply.

Community News

Nurturing Giving Hearts | Chronic Illness Programs

 12 Vital Programs God has guided Chronic Joy through another exciting year! What a privilege it is to share a snapshot of the 12 vital programs we offer and to extend a warm and welcoming invitation to you - because you are the reason we do what we do - to serve in, with, and through our...

"The question, therefore, is not 'How can we make community?' but, 'How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?'" Henri J.M. Nouwen

Love in Action | Invitation to Community

Our hearts are wired to serve. We were created for community - to love God and one another.Perhaps we view serving as big acts, significant time commitments, or specific gifts and talents. When we add chronic illness, serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways can become challenging ......

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ― Mother Teresa

Books to Inspire and Encourage | Invitation to Community

Books to Encourage and Inspire at Your FingertipsWhen the difficult journey of chronic illness enters our lives, books can quickly become some of our best friends. C.S. Lewis wrote, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to satisfy me."  While book length and number...

I can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. -C.S. Lewis


As a ministry we are blessed with the gifts, donations and support of many. Please know that we live by scripture and provide what we offer. However, our intention is to provide to individual groups who most need a gift and not to provide materials for a church ministry program. We are pleased to provide discounted pricing in our store. **International restrictions may apply. (Due to changes in Australian law, we will no longer be able to offer this option.)

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