How to Start a Chronic Illness Small Group Ministry

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I'm thinking about starting a small group for people in my church who have a chronic illness but I don't really know where to start . . .

I feel like God wants me to start a small group to encourage people with illness. How do I commit to it with my illness constantly changing?

I've led a support group for people with illness in my community, but my pastor has asked me to consider something at my church. I'm a little bit scared of not having all the answers when it comes to my faith and my disease.

I was sure God wanted me to start an illness small group in my church. But when I presented it to the pastoral team they didn't seem enthusiastic, and they told me to come back after my illness was better. I got the feeling they wanted me to be healed first. So. . . what now?

Drawing from more than a decade's worth of feedback from hundreds of Christian small groups for those with chronic illness, author Lisa Copen will guide you through your concerns, worries, and questions and help you put your passion into action.

You will discover:


- What a chronic illness is & does it matter if it's invisible
- A brief history of illness ministry in the medical community
- Benefits of small group ministry for the individual & the church
- How to lead when you are ill
- Steps to formulate the purpose of your small group, the logistics, guidelines, and your vision
- Preparing your presentation to church leadership
- Planning your first meeting
- Promotion and attendance tips
- Maintaining a positive group when things get difficult
- How to answer tough questions about healing and suffering
- A special chapter on ways a church can make a significant difference in the lives of the chronically ill

* Bonus checklist to follow along while you plan!

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About the Author:

LISA J. COPEN is the founder and director of Rest Ministries, Inc. which serves the chronically ill and has the leading small group illness ministry program HopeKeepers®. Rest Ministries is an affiliate of Joni and Friends International Disability Ministries. Lisa has lived with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia since 1993. Lisa is the author of a variety of books on chronic illness, including Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend and Why Can't I Make People Understand? Discovering the Validation Those with Chronic Illness Seek and Why.

Lisa is a sought after speaker and writes daily for her ministry's web site restministries.com. She has appeared on several national television programs and is the founder of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, held annually in September. She lives with her husband and son in San Diego, CA.

Review:

'A wonderful resource to help me dig deep into God's compassion through my own pain, then be equipped with tools to turn around and spill His comfort out to others!' --Jennifer Saake, Author Hannah's Hope: Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of Infertility

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Lisa J. Copen
Editore: Rest Publishers (2010)
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