support groups are support groups/Bible
studies designed to meet the emotional
and spiritual needs of the person who
lives with chronic illness or pain, through
a Christian environment.
the support group/Bible study setting
you will have the opportunity to grow
spiritually, while surrounded by others
who share similar circumstances, unrevealed
answers, and even joys, while living with
a chronic illness or physical pain.
Our Newest Groups-Welcome!
HopeKeepers Leaders Group in our Sunroom
to hear more about HopeKeepers and ask
questions of current leaders. This is
the place to find out what's
working, what's not and lots more.
is HopeKeepers Different Than Other Support
HopeKeepers can be a place where
you discuss how you are coping,
or who others may not understand
your illness, we make it a priority
to keep our focus on Christ--our
ultimate hope and where we put our
you ever been to a support group?
you have, you likely found some parts
of it helpful and encouraging. But perhaps
you also found some of it depressing,
of little benefit, even too much to ear.
Although they may be helpful at first,
they can have the tendency to become a
place where people get together and vent
their frustrations and then everyone goes
home. One woman says, "I began to feel
like I should have just stayed home and
taken a nap!"
secular support groups have benefits,
they are rarely a place where you can
talk freely about your faith and your
the Christian, support groups can be frustrating
because they rarely encourage a person
to share their spiritual struggles, growth
or questions. Oftentimes everyone's hope
is placed on the next drug approved or
a new alternative treatment. HopeKeepers
groups are different!
to our 1-hour program on starting a support
why Christian HopeKeepers Groups are different!
Resources Does Rest Ministries Offer?
offer a wide range of resources, many
of which you will find by just going to
the navigation menu up top and working
your way through our links. You will find
lots of information and encouragement
to share with others in your group once
you get started.
a practical level, we have specific resources
we have designed ourselves or have found
in the publishing world that we believe
can make a HopeKeepers
leader feel (pretty much) confident. One
of these is our HopeKeepers
Start Up Kit.
also have lots of articles on our web
site that can be printed out and shared
with others; some are personal on issues
such as marriage or parenting; others
are a great resource to pass on to your
church leadership. See
a listing of articles here.
will find lots of resources in our bookstore,
Zone Books, which we have developed
specifically for HopeKeepers and their
leader. You can find all the resources
for your group, such as Bible studies,
books on leading small groups, devotionals,
and fun stuff too, like balloons, tote
bags, pens, keychains and more.
HopeKeepers Start Up Kit
HopeKeepers Start Up Kit! Although
it's not required
for your group, it will make
the process much simpler, give a leader
tons of resources and support. It offers
the church a complete ministry package
to assist in creating awareness about
chronic illness (oftentimes invisible
illnesses), pastoral resources, small
groups resources, and much more. Many
of resources can also be used as parish
nurse core curriculum and chaplains training
materials when educating the church about
the chronically ill and their needs that
may not always be understood.
Read more about this
HopeKeepers Start Up Kit
also have many pages of resources for
HopeKeeper leaders to learn more about
leading a small group, exchange ideas
and information, ways to publicize the
group, get support, archives of hk Bulletins
for leaders and more. You may also be
interested in an article by our founder,
Lisa Copen, Do
You Hear the Call?
number of parish nurses in United States
use our materials. If you are one of them
we'd love to hear
to Start a Group
where do you start? We know it can all
sound overwhelming so we've tried to break
it down step by step. Remember, if this
is God's will, He'll let you know... don't
let the doubts of your illness and weaknesses
hold you back.
Copen, founder of Rest Ministries shares,
"I've discovered that despite my
lack of energy from my illness, and even
my chronic pain, when I have a passion
or calling for something, God helps me
get it done--not always the way I'd planned,
but His way."
Read the steps towards
starting your group
are the requirements? How much does it
cost (really?) and who is eligible to
know you have questions! We've got answers...
See our FAQ
page. And if you don't see an answer,
be sure to check out the HopeKeepers
message board in the Sunroom and ask
someone there or email
us (or you can even call! 888-751-7378)
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