Kevin Galloway – “On the Gospel”

Kevin Galloway is Lead Pastor of Christ Church in Northwest Indiana and Acts 29 Regional Coordinator of the Chicagoland Area.  Follow him on Twitter via @KevinGGalloway.


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For those who aren’t able to join us but want to follow some of the things happening throughout the day, we’ll be using the hashtag #build11 via Twitter.

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Build Conference 2011 (Normal, IL)


Online registration for our 2011 Build Conference is now open.  We hope you’ll join us for our Catered BBQ ($8/person) on Friday evening, September 23rd, as well as the day of the conference on Saturday, September 24th.  This year’s main session speakers include Acts 29 Pastor, Kevin Galloway (Lead Pastor of Christ Church in Michigan City, IN), Pastor Elliot Grudem (Director ofActs 29 Network in Seattle, WA), and Pastor Scotty Smith (Pastor of Preaching, Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN).

Cost for the event is $10/students and $25/non-students.

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Catered BBQ (Friday, Sept 23)

Join other men attending Saturday’s conference on Friday night for a great BBQ meal!  Dinner lasts from 5-8PM, including a Washers Tournament.  Cost per person is $8.  You won’t be disappointed!  Pay in advance

Address:  Christ Church PCA  // 1301 N Linden St // Normal, IL

BUILD Details (Sept 24)

The conference is from 9AM-5PM.  PRE-Registration and Walk-In Registration begins at 8AM.  Lunch is included!  See the itinerary at the Build Website.

Address:  Calvary Baptist Church // 1017 N School ST // Normal, IL  61761

GOSPELWe are hoping this conference serves to refresh men, helping them re-center their lives ON the Gospel, WITH the Gospel, and FOR the Gospel.
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Stephen Miller to Lead Worship

Stephen MillerStephen Miller will be leading our worship for BUILD 2011.  Stephen is a pastor and artist who strives to enlarge people’s view of God with the truth of Scripture and artfully give a vocabulary and vehicle to express thankfulness and praise to Him.  He moved his family and band to Saint Louis, MO in early 2010 to take the role of worship leader at The Journey, a church pastored by his friend, Darrin Patrick. Though he began leading worship 11 years earlier, had toured full time and served in a few churches previously, it was obvious that God was leading him to The Journey to begin a new phase of ministry.  While the Church at-large remains one of his deepest passions (continuing to serve in leading worship for conferences, concerts and youth camps), it has become an extension of his love and passion for the local church.

Stephen will also be leading one of our breakout sessions:  “Leading Your Family as a Missional Community”.

Pastor Nate Conrad, “Gospel Transformation For The Angry Man”

In an effort to communicate the distinctiveness of the Build Men Conference, we have asked all our keynote and breakout session speakers to provide a brief introduction. As each of their contributions arrive we will be posting them for everyone to read.

Gospel Transformation For The Angry Man, Pastor Nate Conrad

One of man’s creation mandates is to rule and subdue the earth, to have dominion. With our sinful bent, this becomes not a call to stewarding what God has given to us and a humble response to Him, but an unruly desire to dominate all of life, whether work or relationships. Instead of a desire to willingly serve God, our desire becomes self-inflamed, we long for control and domination, to succeed and to conquer, to demand from others and raise expectations for ourselves and those we influence and create a world in which we are king.

What happens to many men in the course of their plans and desire for strength and competence, to find beauty and peace, or to convince or control is a regular bout with frustration and disappointment. As the poet Robert Burns put it so well, “the best laid schemes of mice and men, often go a askew.” The result is the angry man, the controlling father, the relentless boss, a stressed out, irritable husband.

Gospel-Transformation happens when we repent of our sinful desire for control, and instead, humbly welcome the ways in which God leads us and forms us into the likeness of Christ. Gospel-transformation welcomes the people, places and circumstances of our lives as the loving hand of the Father to transform us bringing us into spiritual maturity.  In this breakout session we’ll explore together what it looks like to become a willing participant in his sanctification through the power of the gospel and the presence of the Holy Spirit, entrusting ourselves and submitting our will to his kingship.

You can read more about Pastor Nate Conrad and Naperville Presbyterian Church at the following addresses:

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Pastor Jeff Miller, “The Gospel And Our Work”

In an effort to communicate the distinctiveness of the Build Men Conference, we have asked all our keynote and breakout session speakers to provide a brief introduction. As each of their contributions arrive we will be posting them for everyone to read.

The Gospel And Our Work, Pastor Jeff Miller

There is no other kind of disciple in the New Testament, other than those who are called to be about the mission of Jesus to make other disciples.  What about those who are not called into full-time ministry, but rather into some secular vocation for the glory of God?  This breakout will cover balancing Jesus’ Great Commission with what He’s called you to do vocationally, along with stewardship principles for every Christ follower.

You can read more about Pastor Jeff Miller and Clearview Church at

Pastor Jon Bricker, “Enjoying God In Private Prayer”

In an effort to communicate the distinctiveness of the Build Men Conference, we have asked all our keynote and breakout session speakers to provide a brief introduction. As each of their contributions arrive we will be posting them for everyone to read.

Enjoying God In Private Prayer, Pastor Jon Bricker

It is very easy for well-meaning Christians to replace trusting and enjoying Jesus with a somewhat frantic, guilt-driven, anxiety-ridden, self-righteous version of what these well-meaning Christians call “serving Jesus”. I know this because I have done this time and time again, and truly believe I was well-meaning as I was doing it.

In these times, life feels like it must be brought under my rule and control, or else “God’s will” will not be done. My doing for God becomes more important than my being with God, and eventually my joy is sapped and my burden is heavy. I begin to think that being a Christian is more life-draining than life-giving. I subtly begin to act (and believe!) like God “needs” me…even more than I need him! This is reminiscent of a pair of sisters Jesus was friends with during his time among us on earth…

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:38-42).”

Jesus loves us in our misguided busyness, and gently speaks to our hearts to come and rest and be refreshed in his presence. Spending time with God in private prayer is not a new law. Communion with God in private prayer is for you – it’s not for God. It’s necessary for you, not for God. It’s not a law that needs to be met or a demand that needs to be satisfied. It’s a gift for you purchased by the blood of the Son.

By faith, we are free to accept God’s gracious invitation and obey God’s good command – “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth (Ps. 46:10).”