Becoming an effective agent of development in the challenging and complex context of the development NGO in sub-Saharan Africa necessitates prioritizing learning and adaptation. But NGOs are often not characterized by such a strong learning culture and commitment; and Christian NGOs are no exception. Reforming both the commitment to learning and the structures that support it is a pressing challenge facing Christian NGOs. Such reform requires careful analysis of the context of sub-Saharan Africa, special consideration of the complex broader socio- political structure of the NGO world, and systematic research into understanding organizational dynamics that facilitate learning. Data from this research contributes to building an integrated learning model which is applied through a case study of specific Christian NGO.