BUILD Conference 2022

Dear Bridges Staff Family,

We trust that you are doing well as you serve Jesus and the nations despite the global pandemic. We are excited that BUILD 2022 is a little more than three months away. The conference will take place February 28 to March 4, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. We are excited to gather in a warm location. And we are delighted to share that we plan to enjoy a local theme park during our time together.  

BUILD is our Bridges national staff conference that exists to encourage and develop us as we pursue our mission of pointing international students to Jesus.  At BUILD 2022, we hope to gain Christ’s perspective on our work and mission. We will gaze upon His beauty and the power of His gospel going to all nations! Like in the past, we are inviting Cru friends who minister to international students with part of their time. We have also invited Power to Change international student ministry from Canada. 

In light of the pandemic, we recognize that some of you may not be comfortable attending in-person.  We are making arrangements to offer a simultaneous virtual option as well. 

Please join us in praying for the conference. Pray that the Lord prepares our hearts for what He wants to tell us as a staff family! As we move into the future, our desire is that we can glorify God as we are a blessing to the nations! May the Spirit of God renew our hearts in Central Florida at BUILD 2022!

With prayers and anticipation,

Trae and Dan

National Director and Chief of Staff

November 15, 2021

Conference Details

Travel

Please plan to arrive at the conference by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 28 and depart anytime on Friday, March 4. On Monday, February 28 the first conference session will begin at 7:00 pm.  Please plan your travel so that you can be in attendance. If you are flying to the conference, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is likely your best option.  

Registration and Cost

Online registration will open in December.  We anticipate the registration cost to be less than $200 per person.

Optional Time at Disney World

During the conference most of one day will be open to allow staff to visit Disney World!  Bridges will subsidize half of the cost of tickets (about $55) for adult staff members.  Families will be responsible for the full cost of kids.  We are still working out details and will share more as we get closer.

Who Should Attend?

Everyone is welcome!  BUILD is open to Cru staff as well.  If you have partners or volunteers outside of Cru that you want to invite, please email dan.tietz@bridgesinternational.com first.  In general, Bridges staff are required to attend.  Interns and Part-Time Field Staff are very welcome to come but not required.  For families with both spouses on staff and kids at home, one spouse (husband or wife) is exempt from coming.  New staff raising support should talk with their MPD coach before making plans to attend.  Please hold you questions regarding exemptions until after our next communication in December.

Families and Childcare

We are already working on plans to provide childcare for kids 12 and under. It is our intention to have the childcare fully staffed with outside workers (not Bridges staff), but in the event that isn’t possible, please understand that we may have to ask parents to help serve for a session or two during the conference.

Contact Us

Do you want to contact Bridges International on a specific campus? Find them here. Otherwise, send us your comment or question.