Churches, Channels of Hope: Training of Facilitators


The purpose of this program is to equip participants with the appropriate attitudes, knowledge and skills to be 'Channels of Hope' and assist faith communities in their journeys to HIV competence.

The CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope programme offers tools to help churches and communities respond to the needs created by HIV and AIDS. These tools include this facilitators training, that equips participants to run two or three day CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope workshops in their communities.


The successful participant will be:

• Equipped with thorough (scientific) knowledge on HIV and AIDS related topics and issues;
• Enriched and challenged to explore a Christian response to the challenges of HIV and AIDS;
• Empowered with facilitation skills and guidelines;
• Motivated to be a Channel of Hope.

Who should attend this programme?

The ideal candidate:

• Is a Christian leader who is ready to take responsibility and action within his or her own community and church.
• Should be comfortable with people and interested in facilitating HIV related workshops, information sessions and processes.
• Should preferably have previous exposure to HIV and AIDS related training and projects (or have the capacity to learn new information in a short time).
• Should have some prior experience of teaching, facilitation or public speaking, or show the potential to facilitate sessions.
• Should have the capacity to learn and express him or herself clearly in English (verbally and in writing). 

Biblical Guiding Principles

The CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope programme is grounded in the following guiding principles:

  1. We are compelled by the love of Christ
  2. We accept others as Christ accepted us
  3. We uphold the dignity and worth of all human beings
  4. We identify with the Body of Christ
  5. We serve others in practical acts of love and compassion
  6. We speak the truth in love
  7. We need wisdom from the Holy Spirit
  8. We have a living hope
  9. We are Christ’s ambassadors
  10. We need to stand up for justice as prophets and priests.

Content of programme

Module 1: Channels of Hope and HIV Competent Faith Communities

1.1 Being a Channel of Hope
1.2 HIV Competent Faith Communities
1.3 Guidelines on Facilitating
Annex 1: Example of a Churches, Channels of Hope Workshop
Annex 2: Suggestions for Talking with Young Adults

Module 2: Understand and Acknowledge Vulnerabilities

2.1 Challenging People's Attitudes
2.2 Introduction to World View
2.3 Understanding Statistics
2.4 Reality Check

Module 3: Relevant and Responsible Use of the Bible

3.1 Guiding Principles
3.2 Responsible Use of the Bible
3.3 Discover Who You Are
3.4 Ethical Questions
Annex 3: Homosexuality

Module 4: Comprehensive Prevention

4.1 Understanding HIV and AIDS
4.2 HIV Transmission
4.3 Prevention in Practise
4.4 Conditions that Improve Vulnerabilities

Module 5: Compassionate Care and Support

5.1. From Diagnosis to Acceptance
5.2 Living Positively
5.3 Antiretroviral Treatment
5.4 Emotional and Spiritual Care
5.5 Children Living with the Realities of HIV

Module 6: Transformative Justice

6.1 Justice and Advocacy
6.2 Stigma and Discrimination
6.3 Introduction to Gender
6.4 Gender Based Violence
6.5 Human Rights

Module 7: Meaningful Community Interaction

7.1 Competent faith communities engage proactively with the community
7.2  Connecting faith communities and community
7.3  Discover your faith community

Module 8: Accountable Leadership

8.1 Accountable Leadership
8.2 Theory of Change
8.3 Discover God's Dream
8.4 Strengthen Your Faith Community
8.5 My Role as Faith Leader

Module 9: Closing and the Way Forward

 Closing Ceremonies
 Annex 4: CABSA and Mentoring
 Annex 5: Jargon Guide

Methods of learning

A wide variety of learning methods are used, that are based on the principle of experiential learning.

These methods include: Group participation, Group debates and discussions, Mini lectures, Hypothetical scenarios and role plays, Demonstrations, Individual and personal activities and reflection, Group activities, Games, Pictures, DVDs, Storytelling and sharing of experiences.

What will be expected from participants?

The CABSA Churches, Channels of hope programme forms an integral part of CABSA's strategy to mobilise and assist faith communities to become HIV competent. Therefore trained facilitators are expected to commit to a lifestyle that will challenge inaction, wrong information, unhealthy attitudes and stigma.

Facilitators are challenged to become Channels of Hope in their own communities and churches and to actively work towards building a caring and responsible faith community.


On completion of the course, facilitators will become part of the CABSA family and will receive basic mentoring from CABSA for a minimum period of five years after the training.

Logistical details of the training

This training program is very intensive and stretches over seven days. The long hours and amount of homework and preparations requires in-house training. 

Ideal group size
20-30 participants.

Participants will be evaluated on the following aspects:

• HIV and AIDS knowledge
• Christian response and understanding of the topic
• Facilitation skills

Assessment will be based on two facilitation sessions of each participant, three written papers and the completion of an assignment.

Resource material
Each participant receives:

1. A comprehensive manual that includes all the information covered during the training and more,
2. Master copies of the slides, posters and handouts,
3. A set of laminated discussion cards,
4. A CD-Rom with additional reading, tools and the power-point presentation,
5. Additional booklets that complement the content of training.

The Christian AIDS Bureau is a non-profit organisation that strives to make training accessible, but is constrained by the availability of funding and donations. The cost of each training is therefore negotiated individually and depends on various factors. The average amount is R10 000 per person. Candidates are invited to apply for subsidies, when available.

More information
For more information please contact Aneleh Fourie Le Roux at or +27 (0)83 292 5358

Feedback form our license partner, World Vision International, in February 2017

"“CoH is a catalyst that transforms and motivates faith leaders and their congregations to respond to tough development issues that affect their communities. The CoH process directly addresses faith leaders’ perceptions about especially volatile or taboo community issues. It leaves to positive changes in faith leader and community engagement in the greatest issues facing their children.  Since World Vision's adoption of the CoH-HIV model from CABSA, the methodology has been adapted to include content focused on child protection, gender equality, maternal child & health and ebola for both Christian and Muslim leaders.  To date, more than 410,000 faith leaders have participated in a Channels of Hope workshop with World Vision.”

Andrea Kaufmann, Director, Faith Partnerships; World Vision International  




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