Saturday, July 2, 2011

Ministry to those Suffering

Does your church have a disability/chronic illness/suffering ministry? Really, leave a comment if your church does. (Remember you can always leave a comment anonymously). It's definitely an area of ministry that is lacking in our churches today I think.

 In the fall of 2009 Dallas Theological Seminary began offering a new course of study called "Theology of Suffering, Disability, and the Church".  It is taught by DTS faculty, medical professionals, counselors, and those suffering themselves.  You can download over a 100 of these lectures free through iTunes university here

How to Start a Chronic Illness Small Group MinistryIt is my hope to one day start a chronic illness ministry at my church, Lord willing.  These lectures along with Lisa Copen's book  How to Start a Chronic Illness Small Group Ministry are a great resource to help you begin ministering to those suffering. 

Even if you aren't interested in starting a "suffering" ministry, these lectures are a great encouragement for times when you are suffering yourself.  Hearing the testimony of others who have walked through great trials and kept the faith always increases my love and trust in our sovereign God.


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