BUILD (Biblical Understanding, Intercessory Prayer, Leadership Development) is an annual accountability and growth study designed to develop spiritual leaders. Groups meet weekly for 60-90 minutes at a place and time most convenient to the members to dig through Scripture, pray with others, and encourage Scripture memorization and group accountability.
BUILD IV (Summer 2017) has been designed to cover ten weeks to explore the “Great Passages of the Bible,” with “Great” referring to those passages that yield noteworthy insight into key biblical themes. You can download the study online or pick up a study guide at the Resource Center at River Oaks.
Registration for BUILD is considered “semi-formal.” There is an interactive sign-up document designed to encourage participants to take the initiative in forming their own groups, adding members, or contacting other men. In short, if you are looking for a group to join, or looking to add members to your existing group, simply open the BUILD IV Signup and complete the form. As you review the sheet, search for those with similar preferences (e.g., availability, location) and follow the instructions given at the top.
Through three years of summer BUILD studies, we have learned that BUILD groups work best when they form organically—men from your regular small group, neighbors, friends, co-workers. More formal placement processes are too cumbersome and rarely result in identifying group members with similar preferences, primarily due to the wide spectrum of meeting locations and times, few of which involve the church facility.
NOTE: BUILD groups work perfectly fine with one-on-one arrangements, with six to eight men, and with all group sizes in between. So, reach out and look to encourage one another in a life that is set apart. If you have any questions on this process, please contact David Holcomb for further support.
The prayer of our hearts is that our church—and our community—would experience a dynamic time of renewal through an increase in prayer and discipleship. As River Oaks has sought the Lord’s will in this prayer, a recurring vision has been that of the Lord pouring out His Spirit on the men of our church—that they would grow in their relationship with God and encourage one another to be the servant-leaders in their families, workplaces, and neighborhoods.
As you study and pray together and memorize God’s Word, may the Holy Spirit help you have "strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:18-19).