Leadership and Spiritual Growth


Death: The Last Enemy

1 Corinthians 15:25-26 “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” We do not choose to come into this world, and it is certain that we will die. Death is the only thing we can’t avoid. Death is most often accompanied …

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First Devotional Plan on the Bible App

DAI Devotional Available in English and Spanish on the Bible App DAI is now offering our first ever devotional reading plan on the YouVersion Bible App. Join us this Advent season as we refocus our hearts towards Jesus and his style of leadership. His path towards greatness was one of humility. Title: The Path Of …

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A Gift from DAI to Help Focus our Hearts During Advent

A Gift From DAI To Help Focus Our Hearts This Advent Description “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.” From Zechariah’s Song Luke 1:68-69 During this …

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Reflection on Advent and Power

by Kelly Kumbu, DAI Regional Director for the Francophone World   Power. What does power have to do with Advent? I submit that Advent (including the circumstances which surround the Nativity story in the Holy Scriptures) is a vivid reminder of the proper use of power – that is, for the flourishing of others. “If …

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Awaiting the Unshakable Kingdom

  AWAITING THE UNSHAKABLE KINGDOM by Rebecca Hauser, Development Officer The DAI Colorado Springs office recently reflected on Advent (remembering the first coming of Jesus and awaiting the second) with the help of Advent for Everyone by NT Wright. The first coming of Jesus shook the foundations of the world, challenged the Israelites’ perceptions of …

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New Year's Resolution

A New Year’s Resolution

A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION by Rebecca Hauser, Development Officer The closing of one year and beginning of the next is an opportune time to check our hearts and ask ourselves: “Am I living an integritous life? Do my actions line up with my passions and purpose in life?” For example, as a Millennial, I may care deeply …

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Global Citizen

How to Live as a Global Citizen Without Leaving the Country

by Paul Borthwick, DAI Senior Consultant, Author and Speaker As followers of Jesus Christ, we know that we’re supposed to be interested in the world beyond ourselves. But the world is vast (well over 7 billion souls), and the needs are immense.  How can we stay current with the world we live in and God’s …

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Flavor enhancing Christian

Are You A Flavor-Enhancing Christian?

By Paul Borthwick When Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13), what does this analogy mean? Some see salt as a preservative; therefore, God’s people serve to retard evil and preserve good in the world.  Others point out that salt was used as an expression of purity, the glistening clarity making …

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Engaging the Global Village of Faiths

by Paul Borthwick, DAI Senior Consultant, Author and Speaker Having just returned from DAI course facilitation in Kathmandu, Nepal, I’m thinking a lot about the need for Christians to know how to engage in conversation with people of other faiths.  Nepal (formerly called the “Hindu Kingdom of Nepal”) is full of images, temples, altars, and …

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The Privilege of Investing By Paul Borthwick, DAI Senior Consultant

Three specific events over the past year have made Christie and me excited about DAI’s decision to deeply invest in next generation leaders.   At the DAI-related South Asia Leadership conference in Nepal in September 2015, my wife, Christie, and I had the opportunity to hear from, and encourage the vision of, young leaders from …

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Understanding Our Place in the World (Humility)

A Sense of Place By Paul Borthwick   We all wonder where we belong. We spend years of our lives in search of ourselves and our place in the world.  Some pursue their place by overpowering and defeating others in an effort to find their place as #1 in their profession, others lobby for positions …

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Evangelistic Suffering by Paul Borthwick

Have you ever seen a book on evangelistic suffering?  I know plenty of “why” books on suffering and some theological treatises on “how God could let this happen,” but nothing that I can recall on “how to use your suffering for the sake of the Kingdom.”  Perhaps the book is out there, but it certainly …

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Leading From Below

Servanthood is a motivation that drives behavior. A servant is not concerned about role, status or power. They are concerned about serving. They are concerned about laying down their lives for those they serve (John 10:10). Are you and I servants? Are we leading from below?

The Dilemma of the Scandalous Promise

What is the most outrageous/challenging/scandalous promise that Jesus made to His disciples and invited them to engage in? “Whatever you ask…” Dr. Sam Thomas explores the scandal and promise of prayer.

Leading from Below, Not from Above

Nicholas was following the example of Jesus who told us in Matthew 20: 25-28 to not follow the example of the leaders of the day – who expected to be served and who took joy in telling others what to do. Instead, Jesus told us that the way to power is through service. They way to Kingdom greatness is from below, not from above.

Repairing Forgiveness

What a beautiful picture of forgiveness from the Dinka tribe. It reminds me of our great Mediator, Jesus Christ, who restored our relationships with himself and our relationships with each other removing all our guilt and shame so that in reconciliation our relationships would be stronger than before. And it also reminds me of the communion feast, breaking bread in celebration of our forgiveness and reconciliation.

What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Influence and Power

Influence is the application of power. There are many ways to influence. Some are godly – some are not. Think about your leadership. How do you apply power? How do you try to influence others? Does your use of influence and power reflect Jesus and Kingdom values?

Danger Power At Work

Power is as dangerous as unstable dynamite – not only to those it is used on, but also to those who exercise it. Lord Acton, the British statesman is remembered for saying “All power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” History – including Christian history – is littered with the evidence that proves the accuracy of this statement.

What if You Follow a Star and Find a Stable?

Maxwell thoughtfully asks: “What happens when you’ve been following a star, and it leads you to a stable? What happens when all of a sudden, after thinking that something grand and glorious would be at the other end, you end up in the backyard of a barn? And there, instead of a palace and a king on a throne, you find a little baby held by his mother. It’s nothing like you anticipated. How do you react when you follow the star and find a stable?”


The Best Leader is a Servant

For John Wood, “a good leader is someone who encourages and motivates people to get something good or something necessary done. A great leader, the best leaders, are those who accomplish that — who encourage, who motivate, who really get people excited about being a part of something that they’re doing — not by ruling …

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Integrity – The Missing Ingredient of Leadership

For the past five years I have been greatly privileged to serve God through DAI in Asia. As I have worked alongside Christian leaders in this region I have learned first-hand the great strain and burden they carry in seeking to model as well as declare the Lord Jesus Christ in all spheres of life. …

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Coming Up for Air

For a variety of reasons, Christie and I have never completed our diver certification and become bona fide divers – with tanks, weight belts, depth calculators, etc. Instead, we snorkel – fins, masks, snorkels, and UV protected sun shirts. Divers will say it’s not real diving, but it’s the best we can do. For three …

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