The Iranian church is the fastest growing church in the world. A deep spiritual hunger and widespread disillusionment with their own religion meeans Iranians are coming to Christ daily.
Within this context, Christian leadership development is one of the greatest needs of the Iranian church.
Trained leaders are needed to serve as evangelists, pastors and church planters who can seize the opportunity for growth, and ensure the Iranian church not only grows in size but also in maturity.
The astonishing growth of the Iranian church has happened despite the persecution from the government. Despite the risk of persecution, Iranian believers continue to be bold in proclaiming the gospel. Despite the risk, countless Iranians want to be trained for ministry.
Countless believers want to be trained for ministry.
One Elam student recently said: “I have been praying for four years to have this chance to study and prepare to serve Jesus. We have been without a pastor for four years. The forty members of our house church are desperate for me to return and teach them what I’ve learned.”
To meet the need, Elam provides many discipleship and training opportunities for Iranian Christians, including:
- A one week foundational discipleship training conference;
- A two-week intensive discipleship course;
- A three-month intensive Bible and Christian leadership course;
- Tailored conferences for women, pastors, children's workers and more;
- Distance learning through the Global University: including the foundational 'Christian life' course, the equipping 'Christian service' course, and a BA in Bible and Theology.
All the training programs utilise the ConneXions model of leadership development. Within this model student-leaders are taught the importance of continually growing in five core areas: Christ, Community, Character, Calling and Competencies. These '5 C’s' are taught through four dynamics of learning: spiritual, experiential, relational, and instructional.
Today, graduates of Elam’s training programs are playing a significant role in leading the growing Iranian church.
By God's grace, the more leaders we train, the more impact we will see.