This region is home to a population of 31.5 million and is one of the world’s most volatile and conflict-ridden regions plagued by ongoing political uncertainty. The Arab believing population is increasing, however, not without significant risk to their livelihood and safety. Islam is the primary religion at 86% with Christians accounting for only 8% of the population.*
*Source: Operation World
Middle East and North Africa Leaders involved with DAI programs in 2016.
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Traditional leadership in this region of the world is hierarchical and male, therefore accepting Jesus’ model of servant leadership is an enormous leadership challenge. Making room for women to use their leadership gifts is also highly counter cultural. Pastors often do not receive leadership or management training, beyond traditional theological studies, making them ill-equipped to lead their churches. Christian leaders face rapidly changing political situations, economic challenges, persecution and ongoing conflict and are seeking training to know how to respond.
DAI began by primarily serving pastors. Then the training spread to elder boards, then to business leaders and recently to younger leaders. Today a variety of DAI programs are extremely popular, including strategic thinking for church leaders who are trying to help the ancient church adapt to modern opportunities and challenges. Marriage seminars have touched a great need as Christians living in a primarily Muslim culture sort through what beliefs are cultural and which are biblical. Also popular are the retreats for younger leaders full of interactive sessions, worship and prayer. A spiritual formation course is also offered in a number of seminaries in the region meeting a deep spiritual hunger among participants.
HISTORY OF DAI IN THIS REGION
DAI has been serving this region for almost 15 years.
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Making an Impact on Believers from Middle East
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