How does CHE work?
CHE is implemented through a 5 step process:
Host a Vision Seminar - CHE Coordinators conduct a 10 hour vision seminar with a broad range of community stakeholders including neighborhood residents and leaders from churches, faith based organizations, and government entities. During the session, a vision is cast for wholistic transformational development. Community problems and their underlying causes are identified and plans are made to recruit and train volunteers from the community to implement change.
Organize a CHE Team - Community members are selected and trained to serve in one of two roles: as leaders on the neighborhood development committee or as CHE volunteers. Committee leaders are trained in how to provide oversight and evaluation of a CHE program, while volunteers are trained on how to reteach CHE principles to neighborhood residents. Each CHE volunteer is responsible for training 2-20 households, depending on the time availability of each volunteer. CHE Coordinators work with the committee leaders to raise awareness of needs and opportunities in the neighborhood, and to unite the community with a common vision for a better quality of life.
Equip CHE Volunteers - CHE Coordinators train teams of two to ten volunteers to implement a Community Health Evangelism program in their neighborhood. CHE Coordinators visit the volunteers they train periodically and continue to mentor and coach the them through the course of the development process. CHE volunteers report to the neighborhood development committee on a regular basis to report and evaluate their progress.
Build Capacity - The CHE Coordinators mentor and coach committee members, assisting them in a continual process of identifying problems, researching solutions, finding resources, making plans, recruiting volunteers, and evaluating results. Self help groups are formed to enhance family life, as well as economic, and spiritual development. People who come to Christ are discipled in new life groups and churches are established with a vision and plan for wholistic ministry. The church and community work together for wholistic development and the church is recognized as a transforming agent in its neighborhood.
Multiply: The CHE Coordinators repeat the process in nearby neighborhoods. The CHE coordinators multiply themselves by equipping selected committee members and volunteers as new CHE Coordinators.