In July, 1996, a number of Iranian Christian Ministers and those serving in
the Persian world gathered together in Frankfurt, Germany and founded The
International Council of Iranian Christians (ICIC). This was followed by
two organizational meetings of these ministers in August and November, 1996
in Costa Mesa, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado. A board of
directors was elected and they met in Los Angeles on March 15 and 16, 1997
and planned a number of programs for 1997 and 1998 in order to achieve
greater cooperation among the Iranian Churches and ministries and to
promote the work of evangelism, Christian discipleship and leadership
training among Iranians.
The International Council of Iranian Christians (ICIC) is a sister
organization to the Council of Protestant Ministers in Iran which was
founded in 1986 with similar goals of promoting Christ's work among
Iranians through the evangelical churches in Iran. ICIC is established to
deal with such issues as church growth, cooperation across denominations,
and the arrival of the persecuted Iranian Christians in the west.
The Iranian diaspora
is over 3.5 million worldwide of which 1.3 million
reside in the U.S. However, presently less than 0.5 percent of this number
are Christians and the work of evangelism, Christian discipleship and
leadership training among Iranians needs to be greatly expanded. It is
hoped that ICIC will have a strong start with a membership drive among
Iranian Christian churches and ministries in 1997.