We are blessed to link arms, hearts and minds with some incredibly talented, Christ-led, mission-hearted people and organizations. Together we are better. Together, we can change the world one precious life at a time.
From the beginning, BASICS has focused on forming partnerships between city and suburban churches, assisting more than 200 church pastors and 100 outreach ministry leaders, by equipping them through training, support, and access to needed resources.
BASICS currently supports over 30 smaller ministries that are unable to be financially independent. Hundreds of volunteers are actively involved, donating their time, talents, treasure, touch and tears for the work of God in Milwaukee.
“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun!”
We love the opportunity to give back to our local community – many charities and nonprofit organizations.
The Consilium – A community of purpose and grace for wise women. Founder and visionary, Diane W. Bailey’s passion is to see women grow into everything God has created them to be. Diane is a certified Life Coach, who loves loves meeting women in real life as she speaks at conferences, women’s Bible studies, and retreats, tailoring talks to meet the needs of each group. Topics include:
- The Salt Life – Finding Joy In Your Life.
- State of the Heart – How Do you Handle the Sorrows of Life?
- Your Testimony – A Pearl of Great Price
God Living with Chronic Illness – This site is the result of a deep desire in founder, Laurie Shoquist Miller’s heart to help and encourage others with chronic illness. Laurie was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when her kids were two and four. At that time, there were not a lot of resources for anyone with chronic illness. She searched for websites, books, ANYTHING to tell her how to be a Godly wife and parent with chronic pain. After several years, she finally began to find information about “good” living with fibromyalgia (in terms of physical wellness) but nothing for “God” living—nothing to tell her how to manage a life that included chronic illness with God’s wisdom, grace and strength. So she decided to start a blog to help others with chronic illness find the things she was desperately seeking and God-Living with Chronic Illness was born. Living well with chronic illness is a daily process of relying on God for the grace and strength to keep going. Laurie has found that we find the most peace as we let God meet our needs one day at a time. May His peace and presence be your constant companion and guide.
Key Ministry promotes meaningful connection between churches and families of kids with disabilities for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ. Founded to help churches minister to families of children with hidden disabilities. Serving churches seeking to become more intentional and effective in ministry with children, teens and adults impacted by mental illness, trauma, and developmental disabilities and their families.
Kyle Re Creative – At Kyle Re Creative, our focus is capturing the moments that mean the most to you. Preserving memories through photography and creating designs that breathe life into your brand is our passion and commitment. Kyle has had a passion for telling stories through the arts since he was very young. Whether it was on a sketchpad, a laptop, through songwriting or the lens of a camera, he’s always been in love with the creative process. After earning his degree in Graphic Design, he realized he wanted more than a typical 9-5 job, so he shifted his focus towards starting his own business in photography and graphic design. Kyle currently specializes in Wedding, Lifestyle, Fashion, Corporate & Fine Art Photography. In the Graphics Department, he specializes in Logos, Apparel Design, Infographics & Company Branding.
Emerson Mertens is a graphic designer, photographer, and artist with over twenty years of experience in the arts. She began her artistic training in classical ballet and the performing arts, which led to a career as a professional dancer, instructor, and choreographer. Emerson is inspired by her life-long love of the arts to create unique digital media and photo art, and she combines her years of experience with the skills gained from her college studies. She now works with HeatherMertens.org building websites and creating graphic media and digital art for clients. In 2019, Emerson graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Religion: Biblical and Theological Studies with an emphasis in Photography and Graphic Design.
North Shore Congregational Church – At North Shore Congregational Church, “Our purpose is to grow and deepen Christian Discipleship in a faith community guided by the Holy Spirit.” Through worship, study and prayer we seek to know God, Scripture, and one another in a way that helps us pursue, together, that deepened relationship with God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of the welcome of Christ, we invite all to join us in the journey of growing closer to God in heart, soul, mind, and strength.
He is not a psychologist or a physician, yet he is all-too-familiar with the nemesis of depression. During decades of ministry in churches and as a university professor, Terry has experienced recurring bouts of deep despondency. He describes himself as a fragile, desperate, bloodied soldier of Christ who marches with a limp, who by God’s grace, is still engaged in the battle.
Terry’s posts include:
- Identifying and debunking misconceptions about faith in relation to depression
- Personal stories and things he’s learned the hard way about day-to-day coping with despondency
- Stories of other believers, past and present, whose frailty didn’t preclude their usefulness to God
- Interviews with counselors, authors, and other experts
- Reviews of books, blogs, and articles offering helpful information
- Up-to-date research on prevalence, causes, and treatments
- Bible truths/verses that instill hope and refute false beliefs often spawned by dark moods.
PARTNERSHIPS OF HOPE
Chronic Joy recognizes individuals or organizations who exemplify one or more of our ministry foundations:
It is an opportunity for individuals or organizations to donate their skills, time, gifts or talents to further the work of the ministry.
PARTNERSHIP OF COMMUNITY
Our Partners are recognized for their vital place in this ministry, introduced on our website, and given our sincere gratitude and appreciation.
Chronic Joy Ministry Partners are a partnership of hope, purpose and worth. A partnership between artisan, servant, donor, or organization and Chronic Joy Ministry. A partnership of generosity and joy. And it is the vital and remarkable partnership of community.
For more information about becoming a ministry partner contact us at: email@example.com.
From the Blog
We're delighted to introduce you to Chronic Joy Creative Contributor, Julie Jablonski, whose gorgeous images have been bearing witness to the glory of God in His creation across our social media sites. Julie is a passionate, still-life photographer. Self-taught and still learning, she is...
We're delighted to introduce you to Chronic Joy Creative Contributor and fine artist, Barbara Coleman! Barbara has been married and in ministry with her pastor husband for almost 50 years, and has lived with chronic illness for more than 30 years, specifically with chronic pain from Lyme...
Chronic Joy's New Volunteer Prayer Pond Coordinator We are delighted to officially welcome Bettie Gilbert as Chronic Joy's brand new Volunteer Prayer Coordinator!Bettie is a beautiful soul with a huge heart for prayer who has been with us since the very beginning. (You'll learn more of her...
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