The ‘I Am’ Course
Iranians and Afghans are taught to build their identity on outward religious works and the admiration of others. Their Muslim faith is trained to legalism or a shallow confession with no experience of transformation. This background is a barrier for any cross-cultural ministry worker trying to root Muslim-background believers in Christ.
However, once Iranians and Afghans in our churches embrace who they are in Christ, a healthy faith takes root in their hearts. We are then able to lead them to truly grow and thrive in Jesus.
The ‘I Am’ Course is designed to lay this foundation.
The course is conducted in close co-operation between the local church leaders and the Elam team.
The course is conducted in Farsi
but simultaneous translation into English is available throughout the course, for any non-Farsi-speaking leaders.
Our model is for a European leader to lead the groups through the course
unless the church has a local Iranian or Afghan leader with spiritual maturity and previous experience in guiding group conversations.
Farsi-speaking leaders will be required to join two special prep sessions
before the course begins.
Intro meeting for leaders
If you are interested in taking a group of Iranians and Afghans through the ‘I Am’ Course, we invite you to take part in a 45-minute Intro meeting on Zoom.
In the intro meeting we will explain the details of the course run and answer any question you may have.
We will be running 2 meetings, on Tuesday the 29th and Thursday 31st of August, 18:00 CEST. Use the button below let us know which date you prefer to attend and we will send the link to you.
5 Main Elements of the Course
Kick off gathering
Every week begins with a 20-minute “kick-off” gathering for the local leaders and the Elam team, before the course participants join.
Live worship and prayer
Worship will be led by experienced leaders from the Elam team or by guests.
All the lessons will be taught in Farsi by team members or partners.
Interactive break-out groups
The group interaction will be led by the local leaders. Discussion points and exercises will be sent to you weekly.
Participants will be encouraged to do reading assignments and practical exercises between the course sessions.
Dates and practical info
Course run: Every Thursday from 18:30-21:00 (CEST) for 8 weeks, beginning Thursday, 14th September 2023.
Platforms: The course is conducted on Zoom and we stay in touch during the course via email and Telegram.
Prep sessions: Farsi-speaking group leaders will be required to join a prep session on Tuesday, 12th September, 18:30-21:00 CEST.
Languages: The course is in Farsi, with simultaneous interpretation into English available on a separate audio channel in Zoom (more information available when you sign up)
Signing up individually? Farsi/Dari speakers without church affiliation are able to sign up on the Farsi language version of this page. They will be assigned to groups with other individual participants.
If you would like to run the ‘I Am’ Course please use the links below. Are you a leader with a group of Iranians and/or Afghans from your church, select the "Group leader" option. Please share the "Student" option with your group members.
We are excited to do the course with you and witness what God will do in the lives of the people you serve.
P.S. We would love to know more about your ministry and talk about how our team may assist you. Feel free to request a personal conversation today by emailing us on email@example.com or using the button below.