The structure of a BUILD programme

Every BUILD programme has a clear, four-fold structure. This is not only central to the way the programme functions, it also means that the work is scalable and can be replicated in different places.

The structure is based on and connects with three different types of local educational culture. Formal, non-formal and informal types of education lie behind the three main components of a BUILD programme, which is all undergirded by a fourth, the coordination that is needed for a healthy programme.

1. The foundation – formal training-of-trainers

The formal training-of-trainers is the foundation of any BUILD programme. Ideally this is done through a modular, block-course style diploma course, such as the Diploma in Bible, Theology and Leadership, based on the BUILD curriculum and taught in Uganda and Kenya. Through the course the formally trained-trainers are strengthened in their own theology and practice, as well as being equipped to serve in the non-formal and informal levels.

2. The focus – the non-formal training of grassroots leaders

The focus of the training is the non-formal equipping of grassroots pastors in local BUILD groups by the formally trained trainers.

3. The fruit – informal training and discipleship

The fruit of the work is seen in more informal training and discipleship, which leads to improved preaching, care and outreach.

4. The force – programme coordination

Every BUILD programme needs to be driven by a team of coordinators who can see the big picture, and help guide the training described above.

This structure is also integral to an effective response to the problem of a lack of theological training reaching those who are at the grassroots: those who actually lead, teach and care for local congregations. This is a problem that is exacerbated by a failure to connect the various forms and levels of theological training to the local context and to one another. BUILD is a fully integrated response to this.