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Online Discipleship Course

The Seven Signs

For church groups in Europe

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Why this course?

A particular challenge in ministry to Iranians and Afghans is the issue of legalism. Religious rules and keeping up appearances are written into the DNA of Persian culture. This DNA too often binds people in patterns of shame, pride and discouragement, preventing them from finding freedom in the new life of faith in Christ. The Seven Signs course adresses this problem head on.

The course explores the seven miracle stories recorded in the Gospel of John. It exposes seven aspects of the divine nature of Jesus and how they inform His disciples' new life of faith in Him. 

Introduction meeting for leaders

If you are interested in taking a group of Iranians and Afghans through the Seven Signs Course, we invite you to an introductory meeting to learn more about the course and ask any questions you may have.

  • Date: Thursday 4th or Tuesday 9th January, 18:30-19:30 CET

  • Location: Online, on Zoom.

  • Language: English/Farsi or other language by arrangement


Use the button below to let us know which date you prefer to attend and we will send the relevant link to you.

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Dates and practical info

  • Course dates: Every Thursday from 18:30-21:00 (CET) for 7 weeks beginning 1st February, 2024.
  • Platform: The teaching sessions are conducted on Zoom and we stay in touch during the course via email and Telegram.
  • Languages: The course language is Farsi with simultaneous interpretation into English on a separate audio channel in Zoom. Translation to other languages available by arrangement.
  • Group leader session: On Thursday 25th January we will host a mandatory training session for everyone who will be facilitating the group work and discussion in their local group.

Contact the Elam Team

If you have any further questions about the course please email us on

Our cross-cultural team is also ready to connect with you in person to learn about your ministry and present ways in which we may be able to assist.

5 elements of a course evening

  • 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.

  • Interactive break-out groups:

The group interaction will be led by the local leaders. Discussion points and exercises are forwarded weekly. 

  • Teaching session:

All the lessons will be taught in Farsi by Elam team-members or guest speakers.

  • Live worship and prayer:

The worship and prayer times will be led by experienced leaders from the Elam team or by guests. Song texts in Farsi and latin letters will be shown on Power-point.

  • Homework:

Participants will be encouraged to do reading assignments and practical exercises between the course sessions to apply what they have learned.

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