What “professional development” looks like in the MENA context

By October 25, 2023

Middle East/North Africa (MNN) — In the Western world, “professional development” often involves a series of online courses you take to earn credit. Or, you might attend workshops at an industry conference.

This approach doesn’t work for Christian leaders in the Middle East/North Africa region.

Fadi Sharaiha with MENA Leadership Center says, “The target group [is] more of a community people; they love to work, learn, and live in communities.”

Graphic promoting 2022 training course.
(Photo courtesy of MENA Leadership Center)

MENA Leadership Center trains and equips Christian leaders so they can do more of the good works God has laid upon their hearts.

“They (instructors) will tailor those training programs for people from their own group. We have people coming to Christ from Arabic backgrounds and Berber backgrounds,” Sharaiha says.

“We don’t take more than 20 or 25 people maximum in a course, and we believe that it should be from the instructor or the trainer and peer-to-peer learning. This is very important,” he continues.

“What we do is not you and your computer. It’s you and the community and the computer.”

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“By supporting a Christian leader coming from the MENA, you will be able to impact the people he is discipling,” Sharaiha says.

“By supporting us, you’re supporting the work of the Holy Spirit in the MENA, accelerating the Gospel, and building the capacity of Christian leaders working in the Middle East and North Africa.”



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