Implementing the ways of God for healthy communities
Start date: 7 April, 2019
End date: 21 September, 2019.
Lecture: $4,010 AUD plus $30 AUD registration fee
Outreach: $3,500-5,500 AUD
This course is not currently recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework.
1. A successfully completed Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission.
2. Either have prior missions experience or completion of a second level Health Care/Development school; each student is reviewed based on their previous experience.
Primarily focusing on hard-to-reach and health-depleted areas, this school will equip you to recognise and address needs as well as strengthen what already exists. Whether it's facilitating a community-based health course, or coming alongside current health facilities to give encouragement, you will learn how to best see a community flourish.
Lectures will empower and equip you to be led by the Holy Spirit in approaching health challenges. Together with your classmates you'll look into the health issues that burden a society. Your mission experience will be built on, giving you tools to effect change.
The community may know what they need, but they need help to see a solution for it. However, the Holy Spirit always has the answer! Learn how to ask the right questions and gather information that will define the need that they feel as well as reveal the strengths they have! Write and present a proposal for change that will inspire hope and ownership.
Walking through a community helps us familiarise ourselves with it. Engaging with God as we go, we can see what He sees. Prayer walking and spiritual mapping is working together with God to create a strategic approach, addressing both physical and spiritual needs.
There's so much that affects the health of a community beyond the actual health issues themselves. Things like stress, addictions, health providers, transportation and social factors have a massive impact on the health of an individual, and therefore on the community. Learn to recognise the gaps, and identify the 'why'. Use this information to support community projects.
Once the lecture phase is complete, the Community Health Development School goes on outreach! We apply what we've learned over the three months of lectures. Teams travel to an outreach location, immersing themselves into local life. You will get to know the community and their culture. Outreach is an intentional time of pursuing relationships with locals, government bodies, health facilities, churches and other influential people. We will draw out resources that are already in the community and help them work together, cultivating ownership of sustainable development goals.
Use your abilities to assess and research the strengths and needs of the community while hearing from God and implementing His strategy. As you collaborate in a team to establish a plan you will also be able to identify local leaders who are people of peace with sufficient influence to bring change.
Build trust, learn the culture, share the gospel, influence through relationship. Coming alongside people helps them feel that they're heard and understood.
Empower existing projects to encourage and strengthen them, or create new strategies alongside locals to help them start something new! Together we establish goals and implement a plan, which they can own, activate and carry on after we leave.
program: Community Health Development School