What is CHE? - Community Health Evangelism


Community Health Evangelism (CHE) is a best practices model for integrating evangelism and discipleship with community-based development. CHE originated in Africa in the 1980’s. As CHE developed as a ministry strategy and its ability to transform communities become apparent, it spread around the world. Today CHE is being used by 625 churches, denominations, mission agencies, non-government organizations, and national and local governments in more than 126 nations to lift whole communities out of cycles of poverty and disease.

The purpose of Community Health Evangelism is not just breaking poverty or planting churches, though both of those things are accomplished through CHE. The goal of our work is a transformation in lives and communities that is as deep as the human heart, and as broad as the whole range of the human experience in the world God made. We want Jesus to be recognized as Lord over all creation, and our development activities to reflect the depth and breadth of the kingdom of God. We are asking God to work in us and through us to transform beliefs and change behavior so that His peace, justice, compassion, and righteousness are reflected in the life of the communities we serve.

CHE seamlessly integrates evangelism, discipleship, and church planting with community health and development. The ministry is wholistic, seeking to obey everything that Jesus commanded and addressing the whole need of individuals and communities.