Immigration is having a profound effect on North America. Of the more than 358 million people who live in Canada and the United States, 52 million are first generation immigrants. More than 350 languages are now spoken in homes across the continent. As Christians we need to celebrate diversity as a gift from God and embrace the opportunities and the challenges of learning new ways of doing ministry.
That is exactly what DAI is doing! Since 2015 we have begun to walk alongside and provide training to Christian diaspora leaders as well as minority-culture and indigenous leaders in Canada and the USA. Working in partnership with educational institutions, diaspora networks, churches and ministries we are providing a variety of leadership focused seminars, workshops, online interactive courses and certificate and diploma programs. In the last three years over 4,000 leaders from more than 30 nations have attended our programs in 25 North American cities.
Led by Karl and Debbie Mueller, the leadership of DAI’s North American Diaspora Ministries is composed of both DAI staff as well as DAI Certified Facilitators. Each of our team members are immigrants to North America or have significant cross-cultural experience. They come from nations as diverse as Nepal, Myanmar, India, China, Egypt, Cameroon, Peru, and South Africa.
We listen for the expressed needs of leaders and respond with appropriate resources
We develop friendships built on mutual trust, respect and commitment
Coach and support leaders using DAI materials in their churches and networks
With diaspora churches, ministries, networks and educational institutions to provide leadership training
To serve the needs of diaspora and indigenous pastors and leaders we offer a variety of training opportunities.
Our highly interactive one-day or weekend seminars cover topics such as:
- Worldview, Culture and Leadership
- Kingdom Leadership Principles
- Discovering Your Leadership Style
- Leading from Below: Power and the Servant Leader
- Identifying, Selecting and Multiplying Leaders
- Mission/Purpose, Vision and Values
- Resolving Conflict
- Implementing Change
- Integrity and Accountability
The Foundations of Servant Leadership course is offered in an interactive online format with an experienced facilitator for each group of 6-8 students. Facilitators use interactive webinar technology, called Zoom. Participants become involved in discussions, ask questions and interact with each other and the course facilitator that creates space for a transformative learning experience. Courses start every September, January and April.
In partnership with accredited educational institutions in Canada and the USA DAI offers a Certificate in Ministry and Organizational Leadership (CMOL) that is specifically designed to enhance the integrity and effectiveness of diaspora and indigenous leaders. Certificate programs generally include 4-5 courses starting with the Foundations of Servant Leadership course. Classes are offered in a variety of locations – usually for one Saturday a month for a period of 4 months for each course. A CMOL can usually be earned in less than two years.