In God’s economy, we’re all leaders!
So many in the chronic illness community feel a deep sense of isolation and loneliness. We at Chronic Joy are here to equip leaders to foster relationships, build community, and guide small groups for those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability.
Every day has many small blessings when we see that how we live, love, serve, and care for one another is the ultimate Mission: Possible that we are living out day by day.
In God’s remarkable way, each tiny flake is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. ... each one simply doing its job without concern about whether it is valuable enough, big enough, or useful enough. Snowflakes can teach us a lot about serving.
Even if you don’t hold a position officially-recognized or defined as “leader,” you are still responsible for guiding some people in some way. Think of your specific situation as you read and apply these leadership principles.
Books We Love • Leadership
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.
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 caring for and relating to people as they encounter difficult times in life. This book draws on extensive research of those who have experienced various kinds of suffering and offers 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.
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.
Serve Strong: Biblical Encouragement to Sustain God's Servants
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.
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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