Jem’s main responsibility is to help support and develop the Church of Uganda’s BUILD training initiative, which has now spread to the surrounding countries (South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and DRC). BUILD stands for Biblical Understanding for In-service Leadership Development and the course is designed to equip church leaders who have no access to traditional training.
BUILD uses a multiplication model: the formal training of trainers equips them to train leaders at the grassroots. The trainers are exposed to, and taught to use, a curriculum that is biblical, theological, practical and has been developed in context.
Jem joined Crosslinks in 2000 and lived in Uganda until 2007 before moving to South Africa. He returned to the UK in 2013 and continues to serve BUILD through leading the work of BUILD Partners, which includes regular travel to East Africa. Jem also serves as an Associate Minister (SSM) at St Bartholomew’s Church, Bath.
It has been a big few months with travel and growth on the BUILD front, set against loss and change at home.
BUILD travel and growth
My last letter looked ahead to time in Kenya in late March and in Uganda in early April. Ben Kibara, the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) BUILD Coordinator, is starting new training work with students at two ACK colleges (Carlile College, Nairobi and Bishop Hannington, Mombasa). He is also involved with a new initiative to train trainers across the ACK. This will also be based at Carlile, which is where the BUILD programme is domiciled. All of this is enabled by significant new funding that we are looking to build on.
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