1.3 billion of the world’s poorest live in approximately a million rural villages, many with no Gospel witness among them. Global CHE Network is mobilizing and equipping believers worldwide to catalyze transformational movements that multiply disciples, plant churches, lift communities out of cycles of poverty and disease, and transfer that success from village to village.
Integral Disciple Making Movements (IDMM) brings together Community Health Evangelism (CHE) with Disciple Making Movements (DMM). By combining the two strategies, disciples are multiplied through Discovery Bible Study groups and communities are transformed as disciples lead processes of Christ-Centered community owned transformation. The approach is simple, applicable to the needs felt by community members, and leads to a ministry that is owned by the community. The goal is the transformation of lives and community for the glory of God through disciples who are obedient to God.
Public health is a perfect platform for Christ-centered community transformation. Especially in poor communities, much of the disease that is treated in hospitals can be prevented through clean water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, education, and economic development. CHE is a public health strategy that engages the community working together for disease prevention and community development. Professors and students in public health, nursing, social work, psychology, anthropology, and other health sciences are working together to promote Christian health research initiatives to better understand how the integration of faith and health is applied in models like Community Health Evangelism. The success of this initiative will not only engage the church globally in new avenues for Christian mission, but will improve the design, monitoring and evaluation of current programs, develop partnerships and collaboration between ministry, government, and academia, and use CHE and church movements to attain national community health goals.