Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership: DAI's MAOL Program

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Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from DAI

The objective of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) degree program is to provide a distinctively Christian interactive educational experience that results in qualitative change in the leader’s life, relationships and leadership practices. It focuses on the specific needs and issues facing Christian organizational leaders living and working in majority world countries.

The program is the most in-depth training we offer. Over the course of the three-year, part-time program, students experience character and skill development in a variety of capacities, as well as gain credibility from earning a Master’s degree. The MAOL is offered in partnership with 18 local universities in 19 different countries and serves approximately 1,000 students each year.



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"I noticed that a major gap in leadership in my country has been character. The MA program's main focus is restoring godly character in leadership. Without the element of character in leadership, whatever is acquired remains head knowledge without lasting impact. This is why we may have skilled but corrupt leaders."

Aggrey, Uganda 2016 MAOL Graduate, Works for the Ugandan Government

Goals of the MAOL Program

The goal of the MAOL is to transform students into servant leaders who are passionate about revolutionizing their communities, organizations and ministries for Christ and his Kingdom. Through this program, students are encouraged to practice servant leadership, modeled most clearly by Jesus, and consider how their Christian faith impacts all aspects of life, including how they lead others. Students are challenged to collaborate with and serve others, rather than pursue power or position. The program was designed to:


Provide an accessible, part-time schedule


Create an interactive learning environment


Equip Christian leaders to truly lead after the manner of Jesus


Answer global leadership questions from a Christian worldview


Incorporate students' leadership and organizational concerns into coursework

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Why DAI Chooses to Offer the Program via In-Country Partnerships

The MAOL program is offered via a unique partnership model with in-country academic institutions. DAI designs the curriculum, provides the course materials and trains and appoints faculty for the program in each location. Meanwhile, the partnering university accredits the program locally and oversees it as one of their own, ultimately awarding the Master of Arts degree to its graduates. These partnership arrangements provide the partner institution with a full degree program that they otherwise might be unable to offer, and enable students to earn a degree in a subject that is relevant for leaders in all sectors of society. In addition, students earn an excellent degree from a locally recognized university, which gives them greater recognition within the contexts in which they live and work. This approach also provides an affordable tuition rate for our students.

Where MAOL is Offered


  • Burkina Faso, Institute Missiologique de Sahel (IMS)
  • Burundi, Burundi Light University
  • Cameroon, LEAD Higher Institute
  • CAR, Bangui Evangelical School of Theology (FATEB)
  • Chad, Université Évangélique du Tchad (UET)
  • Congo, Faculté de Théologie Protestante de Brazzaville
  • DR Congo, Université Shalom de Bunia
  • Egypt, Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Nigeria, ECWA Theological Seminary
  • Senegal, Sahel Advanced Unit for Leadership (SAUL)
  • Uganda, Uganda Christian University


  • Bangladesh
  • India, Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU)
  • Myanmar, Myanmar Evangelical Graduate School of Theology
  • Nepal, Nepal Ebenezer Bible College
  • Pakistan, Forman Christian College
  • Papua New Guinea, University of Technology (UNITECH)
  • Sri Lanka, Lanka Bible College

Latin America

  • Cuba

MAOL Course List

The purpose of this course is to provide a framework for a leadership approach that is Biblical and that adheres to the standards of servant leadership as demonstrated by Jesus Christ, which provides for greater effectiveness and demonstrates greater integrity in the approach to leadership.

This course is divided into 10 units:
1. O Lord, Can I Be a Leader? 
2. Leader, Know Thyself 
3. Power 
4. Adrift in a Sea of Change 
5. If we don’t know where we’re going, we’ll never get there 
6. The Right Person for the Right Job 
7. Motivating Individual Excellence and Fulfillment 
8. Developing Others 
9. Team Building
10. Organizational Accountability

The purpose of this course is to prepare Christian leaders to facilitate training like DAI’s course material in their own context so that it results in changed hearts and practice that is consistent with an adult learning methodology. Part of the job of a leader is to enable others and to help them grow. Teaching adults is not simply about passing on the information and knowledge that we have but primarily about enabling and empowering others.

This course is divided into 10 units:
1. Introducing Teaching and Learning
2. What we know about adult learners
3. Understanding Learning Styles
4. Factors underpinning Effective Learning
5. Facilitating Effective Learning
6. Communication and Learning Methods
7. Designing and Delivering Learning
8. Listening and Asking Questions
9. Learning through Feedback
10. Evaluating Learning

The purpose of the course is to equip students with an understanding of the critical importance of good strategy to the long term health of organisations and how scriptural authority / biblical wisdom, prayerful discernment of God’s will, modern best practise and the use of our own gifts can be used to this end.

This course is divided into 10 units:

Intro. The Art & Science Of Strategic Management
1. Obedient Improvisation
2. Building Better Futures
3. The Mind Of The Strategist
4. Defining Who We Are & How We Create Value
5. Defining Who We Are: Core Values
6. Introducing 'Seeing', 'Moving' And 'Managing'
7. 'Seeing'
8. 'Moving' (Journey Management)
9. 'Managing' (Execution)
10. Discernment In Decision Making

Among other issues this course deals with women and their role in leadership. It asks the student to think through personal beliefs about God’s original plans and purposes in creating man and woman. It allows one to explore reasons behind their beliefs and consider making changes. We believe it sets the stage to discover God’s purposes for the Church and His Kingdom here on earth as it relates to the different genders. More than one-half of the members of the body of Christ are women. Their roles as well as the relationships between men and women in the family, civic society, political life, the marketplace and in the church and ministry are crucial dimensions of modeling and extending the Kingdom of God.

This course is divided into 9 units:
1. Choosing the Better Part 
2. God’s Perfect Plan for Relating and Working Together 
3. God’s Perfect Plan for Us to Rule His Garden 
4. Tragedy and Redemption 
5. How Do We Interpret God’s Word for Today? 
6. First Timothy 
7. First Corinthians 7, 11 and 14 
8. Ephesians 5 
9. How Do I Choose the Better Part?

The purpose of this course is to develop scriptural principles of integrity and financial stewardship that can be applied within both personal and organizational financial contexts.

This course is divided into 10 units:
1. The Importance and Meaning of Integrity
2. Values: the Foundation of Integrity
3. Conscience: The Inner Compass to Keep us on the Track of Integrity
4. Personal Accountability
5. Motivation & Rewards for Integrity
6. Leading with Integrity
7. Money & Stewardship
8. Debt & Contentment
9. Internal Controls: Being on the Safe Side
10. Making Sense of Financial Reports

Spiritual Formation is designed for Christian leaders who have settled many of the basic issues of Christian discipleship, but who find themselves longing for increased depth and authenticity in their relationship with Christ. It is for those who are willing to take costly steps to open themselves up to God’s work in new ways and to allow Him to transform them.

This course is divided into 13 units:
1. Thirsty for God: Restoring our Passion for God (Solitude)
2. Images of Spiritual Formation: What is the Goal of Life in Christ? (Study)
3. The ABCs of Spiritual Formation: Reviewing the Foundation (Prayer)
4. Obstacles. Why Aren’t We Making It All the Way? (Fasting)
5. Spirituality. What It Is and What It Is Not (Service)
6. The Spiritual Aspects of the Disciplines (Meditation)
7. The Hard Work of Spirituality (Submission)
8. Person, Place and Provision (Celebration)
9. The Cardinal Sins. Radical Solutions for Radical Sins (Simplicity)
10. Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Remedies for Individuals and Communities (Confession)
11. The Life of Integrity. Discernment, Steadfastness and Forthrightness (Guidance)
12. Adversity and Crisis. Getting Ready (A week without Disciplines)
13. Getting Ready for the Rest of Life (Worship)

Ethics for Living and Leading aims to develop the relevance, foundations, substance and processes of ethical thought and action that need to be understood and practiced by Christian leaders of integrity and spiritual maturity. It offers insight into the contrasting worldviews that we encounter and the alternative systems of moral values these create. By gaining a clearer understanding of these worldviews and values, the student will better appreciate why they feel pulled in conflicting moral directions and why it is not always easy to follow Jesus’ moral teaching and example.

This course is divided into 12 units:
1. What is Ethics? 
2. How Do Leaders Become Ethically Fit? 
3. Where Do We Find Resources for Ethical Guidance? 
4. How Do We Make Sense of What to Do in Real Life? 
5. How Do We Make Ethical Decisions? 
6. Where Do We Find Dependable Ethical Foundations?
7. What is the Central Challenge of Christian Ethics? 
8. How Do We Live Ethically In Our Relationships? 
9. Ethics and Culture. What’s the Difference? 
10. What is Involved in the Ethics of Organizations? 
11. Reviewing the Ethics of Leadership 
12. Readings in Ethics and Worldviews

The purpose of this course is to analyze the nature of conflict and how it develops in individuals, relationships, and within an organization, and explore the skills and group dynamics necessary to build common ground both in individual and group conflict situations.

The course is broken into 8 units:

1. God’s Design & Biblical Perspective on Conflict.
2. Defining Conflict.
3. Dealing with Conflict
4. Approaches to Handling Conflict
5. Confession and Forgiveness
6. Attitudes & Methods to Transform Conflict
7. Managing Personal Conflict
8. Meditation:Helping others Transform Conflict

The goal of this course is to provide learners with an understanding of the value and need for leaders to understand the purposes and processes of research; help learners develop skills in carrying out action research approaches and using research methods; and how to design and carry out such research.

This course is made up of 9 units:

Unit 1: Introduction to Action Research
Unit 2: How do I Choose an Action Research Topic?
Unit 3: How do I Choose the Methods to Collect Data?
Unit 4: How do I Design Good Field Questionnaires?
Unit 5: How do I Recruit the Right People as My Respondents?
Unit 6: How do I Administer my Field Questionnaires?
Unit 7: How do I Organize my Data for Analysis?
Unit 8: How do I Make Sense of my Data?
Unit 9: How to Write my Action Research Report?

The purpose of this course is to help the student to understand their multicultural and global environments and offers ways to build understanding and cooperation across these boundaries.

This course is divided into 13 units.
1. Introducing Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity 
2. Creation and Fall 
3. And God Created Diversity
4. Aliens and Strangers
5. Blessed to Bless All Nations
6. What Do We Do With the Past? 
7. Reaching Out to the “Other” 
8. The Church after Pentecost 
9. A Church for All Peoples 
10. Forgiveness and Reconciliation 
11. One New Humanity 
12. Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity in the Future
13. Intentionality

The purpose of this course is to provide a Biblical rationale for engagement in efforts to alleviate suffering and move towards transformation. It addresses issues such as poverty and injustice and God’s concern for a hurting world, including ecological destruction. 

This course is divided into 9 units.
1. An Introduction to Development and Social Change Unit 
2. A Theology for Engaging a Hurting World - Part 1 - God’s Original Vision and What Went Wrong 
3. A Theology for Engaging a Hurting World - Part 2 - God’s Perspective on Development and Social Change 
4. Living as Citizens of the Kingdom 
5. How Well Have We Followed in the Footsteps of Jesus? 
6. Emerging Faithfulness. the global Church’s response to human need 
7. Transformation - A Kingdom Agenda for Development and Social Change
8. Principles of Community Transformation 
9. From Kingdom Theory to Kingdom Practice

This course will provide students with new skills and increase their confidence in fundraising for their ministry or organization. The course also provides a practical approach for securing funds from local sources, including how to develop a “Case for Support”, which students can use as they share their funding needs with others in a variety of contexts. 

This course is divided into 11 units.
1. Building a Biblical Foundation for Fundraising
2. The Funding of Ministry: a Historical Perspective
3. A New Approach to the Funding of Your Ministry
4. Who Might Support Your Ministry?
5. Why People Give
6. Communicating Vision and Need
7. Communicating Character and Track Record
8. Your Case for Support
9. Communicating Biblical Stewardship
10. Approaching a Western Charitable Foundation
11. Writing a Proposal to a Charitable Foundation

The purpose of this course is to provide clarity around different mentoring relationships, and an opportunity to develop essential competencies and characteristics of an effective Christ-like Mentor. It also addresses the role of the Mentee in seeking to become the Christ-like leader God designed them to be.

This workshop is divided into 9 units.
1. Introduction to the Topic 
2. Biblical Principles 
3. Mentoring Roles and Goals 
4. Your Story as a Foundation for Mentoring 
5. The Qualities of Effective Mentors 
6. Skills and Competencies - Part A 
7. Skills and Competencies - Part B 
8. The Development of Healthy Mentoring Relationships
9. Learning Styles and Agreements

he purpose of this course is to develop a comprehensive biblical perspective on partnerships and the strategic role they can play in helping organizations and ministries become more effective.

This course is divided into 10 units. 
1. Partnership – a Theological Perspective 
2. What Do We Mean by “Partnership”? 
3. The Strategic Importance of Working Together in Partnership 
4. Exploring a Partnership 
5. Launching a Partnership - Part 1 
6. Launching a Partnership - Part 2 
7. The Operations Stage of a Partnership 
8. Developing Effective Groups and Teams in Partnerships 
9. Partnerships and Conflict 
10. Trust, Evaluation and Other Key Issues in Partnerships

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