Frequently Asked Questions
What is CHE?
Community Health Evangelism (CHE) is a proven ministry strategy that seamlessly integrates evangelism, discipleship, and church planting with community health and development. Through CHE ministries, people become followers of Jesus, and whole communities are lifted out of cycles of poverty and disease.
Why do we need a strategy like CHE?
- 18,000 children under the age of five die every day from diseases that are preventable.
- 783 million people are without access to safe drinking water. Millions more walk long distances to carry water to their homes.
- 2.5 billion people are without adequate sanitation.
- 1.2 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day.
- Approximately 850 million people go to bed hungry every night.
- Almost 2/3 of the world’s population lives without the light of Christ.
- As Christ’s disciples we are called to love and action.
How broadly is CHE being used?
Members of the CHE network represent 625 organizations in 126 countries. CHE programs are being implemented in more than 3500 villages and urban slums. An estimated 35,000 volunteers are actively serving an estimated 3 million marginalized and underserved people worldwide
What is the purpose of CHE ministry?
The purpose of CHE work is to exalt Christ in every aspect of life. We seek to be obedient to everything Christ commanded, including both the great commission and the great commandment (Matthew 28:19,20; 22:36-38) and to reflect in our ministries the depth and breadth of His kingdom plan. Church planting, disease prevention, and poverty alleviation are all intended outcomes of the work of making disciples of all nations.
What is the impact of CHE on lives and communities?
In CHE communities, we have seen dramatic reductions in infant mortality rates and incidence of malnutrition, significant increases in local enterprises, people professing faith in Christ, and church growth. CHE ministers trust God to transform beliefs and change behavior so that his peace, justice, compassion, and righteousness are reflected in the life of the communities they serve.
What is the Global CHE Network?
We are an association of people and organizations using the strategy of Community Health Evangelism to serve impoverished communities in urban slums and rural poor communities around the world.
Why a Network?
The goal of our collaboration is the strengthening of each individual ministry and the expansion of CHE ministries worldwide. We are networked together for mutual support to share useful ideas and best practices, encourage each other, coordinate efforts, optimize the use of limited resources, and accelerate the advance of the Gospel.
What are the benefits of being part of the Network?
The network provides a large pool of resources from which all members draw. By coordinating our efforts with a determination to build up each other’s ministries and expand the CHE movement, we gain access to ideas and resources. We also create new opportunities to do together what no one of us could achieve alone.
What does the Network offer to those just getting started in CHE work?
Through the network, those who are interested in starting a CHE program can get training, curriculum, and connection with experienced people in their area or region for encouragement and mutual support.
How can I get trained in CHE?
CHE training is offered by different member organizations in different locations around the world.
Who are Network Facilitators?
Network Facilitators are experienced leaders from different member organizations who serve to facilitate the expansion of CHE in their sphere of influence–whether a geographical area, a mission agency, an association of churches, or some other defined group. They cast vision, provide training and consultation to new ministries, and convene CHE Network meetings. Members may apply to serve as Network Facilitators by sending an email to CHE Network Global Connections.
Who are CHE Specialists?
CHE Specialists are experienced leaders from different member organizations who provide training and consultation to CHE trainers in a critical areas of concern such as children, women, agriculture, micro-enterprise development, orality, or disability.
How can I join the Network?
CHE members have completed TOT I, the first phase of CHE training. You may apply to join the Global CHE Network here. Please be prepared to confirm that you have taken TOT I, and let us know if you are working in a Creative Access area.
What is a CHE Network Working Group?
A CHE Network Working Group is a meeting of CHE practitioners convened for the purpose of building up each other’s ministries and coordinating efforts for the expansion of the CHE movement. The meeting is usually convened by a Network Facilitator. Network Specialists and other stakeholders or potential partners may also attend.
How do I become part of a CHE Working Group in my area?
Members are given access to a list of Network Facilitators and their contact information in the member resource area of the website. Members then contact the Network Facilitator of their choice and get details about network consultations. Participation in network Working Group meetings is by invitation only.
What principles govern relationships in the network?
Relationships in the Network are:
- Collaborative: Not controlled by any one organization, but guided by shared vision and values.
- Impact Focused: Intended to produce better results in the communities we serve.
- Enabling: Concentrated on giving access to ideas and resources.
- Mutually Transforming: People learn from each other and individuals and agencies change simultaneously.
- Synergistic: Facilitating a combined action greater in total effect than the sum of individual efforts.