Up to a year should be allowed for this phase. The amount of time will depend upon whether the training team is made up of local people or outsiders.
Get to know the area and its assets, resources, and needs.
Meet with government and church leaders in the most likely areas to discuss their needs, assets and resources. The aim is to begin in areas that are likely to succeed, not necessarily in areas of greatest need.
Choose the area in which to begin. Work with the local chief/leader to organize a large community meeting. In church-based CHE, work with the pastor and the church. Help the community people/church to identify their assets and things they would like to change and encourage discussion about ways of solving these problems.
At follow-up meetings, discuss ways of dealing with one or two of their most important areas of interest. Discuss ways in which an outside team could help, as well as the role of the community and the team. The community then chooses a community health committee with 25 to 30 percent of its members from the supporting church.