Cancer Support Group Basics

Jan DraveckyOne of the major goals for Our Journey of Hope® and now for Hope Navigatorssm is to provide you, who minister directly to cancer patients in your church and community, with enough tools and resources that you feel empowered and equipped to start or grow a faith-based cancer support group or cancer ministry at your church.

We hope that if we achieve that goal with you, you'll take the time to write or call and let us know how the resources have helped -- if you have started a cancer support group or cancer ministry as a result of what you've learned or if these tools and training tips have helped you grow and strengthen an existing faith-based ministry.

Because we always want to direct cancer patients we work with to faith-based cancer support groups and ministries in their area, we keep a running log of these and like to hear about your successes.

In Cancer Support Group Basics, Jan Dravecky, Christian author and motivational speaker as well as wife of Dave Dravecky, former major league baseball player, cancer survivor, Christian author and motivational speaker, will give tips on some of the basics to include in a cancer support group to make cancer ministry effective for the people you're called to serve. Jan and Dave have a ministry called Endurance, which provides resources of encouragement, comfort and hope to people with cancer and those who serve and minister to them. We hope this section will give you great food for thought and plans for action.

Blog Entries

Paying It Forward

Posted On: 12/23/2008

My husband, Dave Dravecky, was a major league baseball pitcher, in the prime of his career, at age 32, when he was diagnosed with cancer in his pitching arm. After three years of fighting the battle with surgeries and radiation, he eventually lost his career and his left arm and shoulder... Read More

Encourage One Another and Build Each Other Up

Posted On: 3/23/2009

"Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as, in fact, you are doing." I Thessalonians 5:11 Just how does a cancer support group encourage each participant who is battling cancer? When we find ourselves in the midst of a battle with cancer, we may feel alone and hopeless... Read More

Bring Comfort to One Another

Posted On: 4/24/2009

 “…we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God... Read More

Extend Mercy

Posted On: 6/14/2009

"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another... Read More

Share God's Grace

Posted On: 7/23/2009

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion.” Isaiah 30:18   The Biblical meaning of “grace” is the “unmerited favor of God.” Grace cannot be earned nor is it deserved – it is a gift from God... Read More

Love One Another

Posted On: 8/26/2009

Jesus' command to all of us is to "Love each other" as He has loved us. "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."John 15:12 But exactly how do we love? The Apostle John tells us: "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth... Read More

Offer Hope

Posted On: 9/17/2009

Temporal Hope Most individuals, when diagnosed with cancer, are desperate for hope -- hope they will be cured and survive the cancer journey. While a cancer support group can't bring physical healing, they can bring comfort, extend mercy and grace, and love them, which makes the cancer journey easier to bear... Read More

Helping Others Endure the Journey

Posted On: 11/17/2009

Learn the Lesson of Boulders and Knapsacks   I have always had a heart for those who suffer – wanting to help any way I could.  I would venture to say that if you’re involved in a support role with a Cancer Support Group, you may share the same heart... Read More

Help Them Prepare

Posted On: 12/15/2009

If you’re involved in a leadership role with a cancer support group, chances are you’ve dealt with cancer, either personally or with a loved one. You know how difficult the journey can be and you have a heart to help others carry their cancer boulder – something too heavy for them to carry alone... Read More

Encourage Them to Share Their Burden

Posted On: 1/25/2010

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (NLT)   The very purpose of a cancer support group is to offer support for the common burden every participant is carrying. Yet encouraging the participants in your group to share their burden can be a difficult thing... Read More

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