In God’s economy, we’re all leaders!

So many in the chronic illness community feel a deep sense of isolation and loneliness. We’re here to equip leaders to foster relationships, build community, and guide small groups for those affected by chronic illnessmental illness, chronic pain, and disability.

Featured Books

Jesus is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered

GRACE, TRUTH & TIME: Facilitating Thriving Small Groups

Heather MacLaren Johnson

With this incredible resource you can 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, and build small group communities that thrive.


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A Caregiver's Survival Guide

Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who are Suffering

Kenneth C. Haugk, PhD

Haugk has written an essential guide on how to care for and relate to people as they encounter difficult times in life. This book draws on extensive research of those who have experienced various kinds of suffering in their lives, offering key insights and suggestions of what to say and do—and what not to say or do—when people are hurting. With its biblical foundation, compassionate approach, and concrete ideas, this book will help you bring God’s loving presence to hurting people when they need it most.


An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry

Ruth Haley Barton

"I'm tired of helping others enjoy God. I just want to enjoy God for myself." With this painful admission, Ruth Haley Barton invites us to an honest exploration of what happens when spiritual leaders lose track of their souls. Weaving together contemporary illustrations with penetrating insight from the life of Moses.

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An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

Serve Strong: Biblical Encouragement to Sustain God's Servants

Terry Powell

Serve the Lord long enough and discouragement or some form of opposition is inevitable. Joy-sapping workloads, feelings of inadequacy, lack of fruitfulness, or battle fatigue from spiritual warfare often spurs God's servants to quit or sabotages their passion. The purpose of this book is to infuse them with biblical perspectives that buoy flagging spirits, boost motivation, and cultivate endurance.

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An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership

Henri J.M. Nouwen

For a society that measures successful leadership in terms of the effectiveness of the individual, Father Nouwen offers a counter definition that is witnessed by a “communal and mutual experience.” For Nouwen, leadership cannot function apart from the community. His wisdom is grounded in the foundation that we are a people “called.” This beautiful guide to Christian Leadership is the rich fruit of Henri Nouwen’s own journey.

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Blog Posts

Your Pain Comes with Possibilities

We can let our pain fool us into believing we are the only ones who have suffered. Or we can let it soften us and make us more open to others. We can let it make us more aware of what others need from us–and decide to respond in offering what we can.


Your Pain Comes With Possibilites


Build an Illness Ministry

This practical guide walks you through the first steps toward building a chronic illness small group.

Small Group Roles

This downloadable PDF provides helpful tips for organizing your small group and defining group roles.

Creative Ways to Connect

Looking for creative ways to connect with others as you unpack the Chronic Joy studies? This FREE printable does just that and more!

Small Group Policy

This useful tool provides a framework for grace and peace in chronic illness small groups. SMALL GROUP POLICY


It is said, “That a picture is worth a thousand words.” Chronic Joy is pleased to provide images to accompany each of our studies. These may be used to foster conversation with your small group throughout your study, encourage someone who may be having a difficult time, or inspire those in your social media community. There really are so many ways that a beautiful image paired with thoughtful words can make a difference to others. You are welcome to use the images to bless others.


Looking for outstanding, FREE, faith-based images for your church, organization, small group, or social media? We have 1000s licensed for immediate, high-res download. Quick, easy, and comprehensive.


Even More


TED Talk – We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives. Watch HERE.


TED TALK – Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question: “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Wright brothers … Watch HERE.

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