Missions Priorities Where are the people who have not heard about Jesus? Where should we prioritize taking the Gospel?
Prioritization of the Great Commission (Overview) <ul><li>There is a great need to prioritize the Great Commission.  Great...
Past Fruitful / Successful Missions <ul><li>Christian missions have been successful in many places like sub-Saharan Africa...
Completing the Great Commission <ul><li>Jesus told us to make disciples of all ethne / ethnos (people groups) </li></ul><u...
Where are the majority of gospel / Christian resources?
Source:  Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson.  World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 .  Pasadena, CA:  William Carey Library...
Source:  Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson.  World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 .  Pasadena, CA:  William Carey Library...
Lowest Ratio (less than country’s portion) Highest Ratio (more than country’s portion) < 1.0 (Has less than country’s fair...
Source:  Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson.  World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 .  Pasadena, CA:  William Carey Library...
Data Source:  World Christian Trends , Barrett & Johnson Cost Effectiveness of World Missions Based on the Cost to Lead to...
David Barrett on Good Missions Stewardship “ Dollar for dollar and hour for hour, the harvest coming from the 10/40 Window...
Source:  Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson.  World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 .  Pasadena, CA:  William Carey Library...
Lowest Ratio (less than country’s portion) Highest Ratio (more than country’s portion) < 1.0 (Has less than country’s fair...
Source:  Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson.  World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 .  Pasadena, CA:  William Carey Library...
Fewest Most Ratios of Countries’ Portions of the World’s Christian Periodicals on a per Person Basis Data Source:  World C...
Source:  Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson.  World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 .  Pasadena, CA:  William Carey Library...
Fewest Most Data Source:  World Christian Trends , Barrett & Johnson Number of Evangelistic Offers or Opportunities to Bec...
Needed in the U.S. <ul><li>Clearly the U.S. has more than her share of Christian finances, resources, and ministers. </li>...
The Great Need for More Emphasis on Reaching the Unevangelized with the Gospel
And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your ...
Imbalanced Evangelistic Activity Source: World Christian Encyclopedia There IS enough evangelistic activity to reach the w...
The Unfinished Task <ul><li>28% are without access to gospel  </li></ul><ul><li>39.5% of the world’s individuals are membe...
World Population Foreign Missionaries From:  Operation World, State of the Gospel, YLG 2006, Malaysia
Cross-cultural Missionaries  per Million in Major Blocs From: Todd M. Johnson &  Mission Frontiers Magazine , June 2000;  ...
Imbalance in Missionary Distribution <ul><li>Over   80%   of all cross-cultural foreign missionaries minister among nomina...
Christian Giving <ul><li>Average Christian gives 1.8% of their income  </li></ul><ul><li>5% of Christian giving goes to mi...
Christian Ministers’ Focus <ul><li>95% of Christian ministers focus on their own people </li></ul><ul><li>Of the 5% who be...
Status of Urgency for the Unreached <ul><li>Majority of Christians still not aware of the challenge of the unreached </li>...
If current patterns continue, the unreached will still be 23-28% of the world’s population in 2025 Will We Change? “ Insan...
15,000 25,000 22,000 10,000 100,000 300,000 50,000 200,000 300,000 The number of missionaries amongst  the unreached remai...
Where Are Missionaries Needed the Most? <ul><li>Unreached people groups </li></ul><ul><li>Least evangelized world or uneva...
Christians and the Unevangelized From:  Operation World, State of the Gospel, YLG 2006, Malaysia
Missionary presence From:  Operation World, State of the Gospel, YLG 2006, Malaysia
Percent Unevangelized Per Country From:  Operation World, State of the Gospel, YLG 2006, Malaysia
Unevangelized Population (in millions) From:  Operation World, State of the Gospel, YLG 2006, Malaysia Majority of the Une...
Countries with the Most Unreached Peoples India China Pakistan Bangladesh Nepal Country   # Peoples  # Unreached Peoples F...
 
Where Are the People Who Have Not Heard About Jesus? <ul><li>Most Christians can more easily locate countries rather than ...
Prioritization Weighting Criteria  (Percent Weighting) Description Percent Least Reached (24%) Percent of the country's po...
Lowest Priority Highest Priority Great Commission Prioritization of Countries Note:  Most of the  purple  nations are (sma...
Country Great Commission Status / Prioritization Scores
 
Need of USA vs. Other Countries *Note:  Of the 1,533,000 Christian workers in the U.S., 1.28 million or 83.4% of these Chr...
Need of USA vs. Other Countries (cont’d) Sources:  Barrett and Johnson WCT, Joshua Project USA Afghanistan India China Ind...
Lausanne Covenant  In 1974, it was more difficult to get many Christians, especially from different denominations, to agre...
9. THE URGENCY OF THE EVANGELISTIC TASK  &quot;More than 2,700 million people, which is more than two-thirds of all humani...
What Can We Do? <ul><li>#1 – More prayer is needed for people in highly prioritized nations who have little or no opportun...
Practical Ways to Make a Difference <ul><li>Churches and individuals can evaluate the missionaries / organizations they su...
Conclusion <ul><li>There is a great need to prioritize reaching people who have little or no access to the Gospel  </li></...
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  • Source: Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson. World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 . Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001.
  • Source: Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson. World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 . Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001.
  • Source: Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson. World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 . Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001.
  • Source: Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson. World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 . Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001.
  • Source: Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson. World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 . Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001.
  • *** e (USA) = 368; e (Afghanistan) &lt; 1 ***
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    1. 1. Missions Priorities Where are the people who have not heard about Jesus? Where should we prioritize taking the Gospel?
    2. 2. Prioritization of the Great Commission (Overview) <ul><li>There is a great need to prioritize the Great Commission. Greater emphasis needs to be placed on bringing the awesome truth of Jesus to the least reached. </li></ul><ul><li>80% of missionaries are among evangelized (nominal) Christian people groups and a very large portion of Christian resources are in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>There are many people who have heard little or nothing about Jesus and have almost nobody praying for them (by name) or who can tell them about Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to prioritize these unreached people so we can obey our Master and complete the task He's given us all to do. </li></ul><ul><li>We can pray more for those who have not heard the truth about Jesus and we can reallocate the resources at our disposal in order to more significantly impact the world for eternity. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Past Fruitful / Successful Missions <ul><li>Christian missions have been successful in many places like sub-Saharan Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Just like a successful investment portfolio requires reallocation to strategically distribute resources (especially when do well in some areas and not in others), effective Great Commission outreach requires reallocation of resources. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Completing the Great Commission <ul><li>Jesus told us to make disciples of all ethne / ethnos (people groups) </li></ul><ul><li>In order to do this, we Christian disciples must be engaged with all ethne </li></ul><ul><li>At present, there are many peoples with little or no Gospel witness </li></ul><ul><li>In order to fulfill Jesus’ last command, we must make it a high priority </li></ul><ul><li>This requires that we send people and resources where they are currently sparse but in very great need </li></ul>
    5. 5. Where are the majority of gospel / Christian resources?
    6. 6. Source: Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson. World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 . Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001. (WCT) If resources were distributed equally, they would be distributed according to:
    7. 7. Source: Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson. World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 . Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001. Actually:
    8. 8. Lowest Ratio (less than country’s portion) Highest Ratio (more than country’s portion) < 1.0 (Has less than country’s fair share per person) = 1.0 (Has country’s fair share per person) > 1.0 (Has more than country’s fair share per person) Data Source: World Christian Trends , Barrett & Johnson Ratios of Countries’ Portions of the World’s Christian (Personal or Church) Income on a per Person Basis 7.4 x proportional share 0.51 x proportional share 0.017 0.0083 0.049 1.3 0.0018 Afghanistan 0.000072 x proportional share
    9. 9. Source: Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson. World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 . Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001.
    10. 10. Data Source: World Christian Trends , Barrett & Johnson Cost Effectiveness of World Missions Based on the Cost to Lead to the Baptism of a New Convert $1,551,000 $130,000 $15,800 $9,800 $40,800 $171,800 Afghanistan $30,400 Mozambique $1,400 Most Effective Least Effective
    11. 11. David Barrett on Good Missions Stewardship “ Dollar for dollar and hour for hour, the harvest coming from the 10/40 Window nations outstrips that from the rest of the world 100 to 1,” Barrett says. “That is, if the same money and time spent to win one person to the Lord in the West were put to use in the 10/40 Window nations, the effort would yield a harvest of 100 souls added to the kingdom of God. It is 100 times more cost effective, therefore, to reach those in the 10/40 Window. But for a sizable number of ethnolinguistic groups, cost-effectiveness reaches 1000 times more than in Western countries.” World Christian Encyclopedia
    12. 12. Source: Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson. World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 . Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001.
    13. 13. Lowest Ratio (less than country’s portion) Highest Ratio (more than country’s portion) < 1.0 (Has less than country’s fair share per person) = 1.0 (Has country’s fair share per person) > 1.0 (Has more than country’s fair share per person) Data Source: World Christian Trends , Barrett & Johnson Ratios of Countries’ Portions of the World’s Christian Workers on a per Person Basis 6.0 x proportional share 1.6 x proportional share 0.090 0.33 0.29 0.97 0.0097 0.034 0.022 Afghanistan 0.0035 x proportional share
    14. 14. Source: Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson. World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 . Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001.
    15. 15. Fewest Most Ratios of Countries’ Portions of the World’s Christian Periodicals on a per Person Basis Data Source: World Christian Trends , Barrett & Johnson < 1.0 (Has less than country’s fair share per person) = 1.0 (Has country’s fair share per person) > 1.0 (Has more than country’s fair share per person) 5.0 x proportional share 0.18 x proportional share 0.0070 0.21 0.33 0.52 0.0078 0.054 0.056 Afghanistan 0.0035 x proportional share Note: Most of the red or orange nations are islands
    16. 16. Source: Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson. World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200 . Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001.
    17. 17. Fewest Most Data Source: World Christian Trends , Barrett & Johnson Number of Evangelistic Offers or Opportunities to Become a Disciple per Capita per Year 368 268 16 13 29 562 <1 0.034 <1 Afghanistan 0.02 2
    18. 18. Needed in the U.S. <ul><li>Clearly the U.S. has more than her share of Christian finances, resources, and ministers. </li></ul><ul><li>Thus, the U.S. does NOT need more money to obey the Great Commission in this nation </li></ul><ul><li>Obedient followers of Jesus with vision (from the Lord) are needed </li></ul>
    19. 19. The Great Need for More Emphasis on Reaching the Unevangelized with the Gospel
    20. 20. And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7:9 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation. Rather, as it is written: “Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.” Romans 15:20, 21
    21. 21. Imbalanced Evangelistic Activity Source: World Christian Encyclopedia There IS enough evangelistic activity to reach the whole world: <ul><li>Enough activity for every one in the world to hear a 1-hour presentation of the Gospel every other day all year long </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1,430 billion hours of evangelism generated by Christians every year: personal witness, radio, TV, Internet, literature, etc. </li></ul>But this evangelistic activity is unevenly targeted : mostly at other Christians <ul><li>As many as 86% of all Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists do not personally know a Christian. </li></ul>From: Justin Long, www.Momentum-Mag.org, Aug. 2007
    22. 22. The Unfinished Task <ul><li>28% are without access to gospel </li></ul><ul><li>39.5% of the world’s individuals are members of ethne with no viable church </li></ul><ul><li>While 72% of the world is adequately evangelized, 1,800,228,000 are left. * </li></ul>* David Barrett, Todd Johnson and Peter F. Crossing, “Status of Global Mission, 2005, in Context of 20th and 21st Centuries,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Jan. 2005, p. 29. From: Stan Park, Ethne ’06
    23. 23. World Population Foreign Missionaries From: Operation World, State of the Gospel, YLG 2006, Malaysia
    24. 24. Cross-cultural Missionaries per Million in Major Blocs From: Todd M. Johnson & Mission Frontiers Magazine , June 2000; Stan Park, Ethne ’06
    25. 25. Imbalance in Missionary Distribution <ul><li>Over 80% of all cross-cultural foreign missionaries minister among nominal Christian peoples. </li></ul><ul><li>For every million unreached Muslims there are less than 3 missionaries </li></ul>Challenges of the Unfinished Task Imbalance in Missions Finances Question: For every $1 of Christian giving to all causes how much goes to financing pioneer church planting among unreached peoples? From: Joshua Project Answer: Half a penny
    26. 26. Christian Giving <ul><li>Average Christian gives 1.8% of their income </li></ul><ul><li>5% of Christian giving goes to missions (15 billion) </li></ul><ul><li>More is lost to embezzlement (16 billion) than is given to missions </li></ul><ul><li>Of mission funds -- between 0.1% and 1.66% is focused on unreached </li></ul>From: Stan Park, Ethne ’06
    27. 27. Christian Ministers’ Focus <ul><li>95% of Christian ministers focus on their own people </li></ul><ul><li>Of the 5% who become missionaries, 80-90% focus on ethne which are majority Christian </li></ul><ul><li>Only 2.5 – 4% of missionaries are focused on the 25 - 28% of the world who are unreached </li></ul>From: Stan Park, Ethne ’06
    28. 28. Status of Urgency for the Unreached <ul><li>Majority of Christians still not aware of the challenge of the unreached </li></ul><ul><li>Many that are aware feel it is not their responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Many church and mission leaders feel that missions to the unreached has been over-emphasized </li></ul>From: Stan Park, Ethne ’06
    29. 29. If current patterns continue, the unreached will still be 23-28% of the world’s population in 2025 Will We Change? “ Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein From: Stan Park, Ethne ’06
    30. 30. 15,000 25,000 22,000 10,000 100,000 300,000 50,000 200,000 300,000 The number of missionaries amongst the unreached remains terribly low. Christian Evangelized Non-Christian No Access 9% 36% 55% 2% 25% 73% 24% 40% 36% 1900 1925 1950 1975 2000 2025 2050 Source: World Christian Encyclopedia From: Justin Long, www.Momentum-Mag.org, Aug. 2007
    31. 31. Where Are Missionaries Needed the Most? <ul><li>Unreached people groups </li></ul><ul><li>Least evangelized world or unevangelized world (“World A”) </li></ul><ul><li>10/40 Window </li></ul>
    32. 32. Christians and the Unevangelized From: Operation World, State of the Gospel, YLG 2006, Malaysia
    33. 33. Missionary presence From: Operation World, State of the Gospel, YLG 2006, Malaysia
    34. 34. Percent Unevangelized Per Country From: Operation World, State of the Gospel, YLG 2006, Malaysia
    35. 35. Unevangelized Population (in millions) From: Operation World, State of the Gospel, YLG 2006, Malaysia Majority of the Unevangelized World 1 India 344,000,000 2 China 262,000,000 3 Pakistan 144,000,000 4 Indonesia 68,600,000 5 Iran 48,700,000 6 Thailand 34,100,000 7 Algeria 32,900,000 8 Morocco 30,900,000 9 Bangladesh 30,000,000 10 Afghanistan 26,000,000
    36. 36. Countries with the Most Unreached Peoples India China Pakistan Bangladesh Nepal Country # Peoples # Unreached Peoples From: Operation World, State of the Gospel, YLG 2006, Malaysia India 2332 2082 China 499 406 Pakistan 401 386 Bangladesh 370 336 Nepal 315 292
    37. 38. Where Are the People Who Have Not Heard About Jesus? <ul><li>Most Christians can more easily locate countries rather than people groups </li></ul><ul><li>Joshua Project* and WCT missions information was used to prioritize the nations using ten criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Data for 15,893 people groups and 222 countries were used to evaluate the status of Christianity in the nations </li></ul><ul><li>The results have many possible applications about world evangelization efforts </li></ul>*<http://www.joshuaproject.net/download.php >
    38. 39. Prioritization Weighting Criteria (Percent Weighting) Description Percent Least Reached (24%) Percent of the country's population living in a least reached people group Number Evangelism/Discipleship Opportunities (18%) The (average) number of discipleship offers per person per year in the country Joshua Project Progress (15%) Progress of or response to the Gospel Christian Workers per Million (14%) Number of Christian workers per million population Ministry Tools (8%) Bible translation status, Jesus film, audio recordings, & Christian radio broadcasting Country Indices (8%) Location indices (country persecution index, human development index, & percent evangelical) Population People Least Reached (6%) Population living in a least reached people group Number Least Reached People Groups (4%) Number of least reached people groups in the country Population (2%) Population of the country Cost / Convert (1%) Average cost to lead to a baptism
    39. 40. Lowest Priority Highest Priority Great Commission Prioritization of Countries Note: Most of the purple nations are (small) islands Data Source: Advocates for the Unreached
    40. 41. Country Great Commission Status / Prioritization Scores
    41. 43. Need of USA vs. Other Countries *Note: Of the 1,533,000 Christian workers in the U.S., 1.28 million or 83.4% of these Christian workers could perhaps be missionaries in another country in order to achieve global equity USA Afghanistan India China Indonesia Priority 141 1 36 59 48 % of World’s Full-Time Christian Workers 27.8% (6.0 x % pop.) 0.0013% (1/292 x % pop.) 5.6% (1/3.0 x % pop.) 1.9% (1/11 x % pop.) 1.0% (1/3.5 x % pop.) % of All Christian Personal or Church Income 34.1% (7.4 x % pop.) 0.00002% (1/19,000 x % pop.) 0.14% (1/120 x % pop.) 0.36% (1/58 x % pop.) 0.17% (1/21 x % pop.) % of World Population 4.6% 0.38% 16.7% 20.9% 3.5%
    42. 44. Need of USA vs. Other Countries (cont’d) Sources: Barrett and Johnson WCT, Joshua Project USA Afghanistan India China Indonesia # Discipleship Opportunities per Person per Year 368 Less than 1 13 16 29 % Population Least Reached in the Country 0.3% 99.9% 89.8% 15.1% 66.4% % Christian 76% 0.03% 2.3% 7.3% 8% % Evangelical Christian 32.5% 0.0% 1.8% 6.0% 4.0% Average Cost / Convert $1,551,000 $30,000 $9,803 $15,828 $40,765
    43. 45. Lausanne Covenant In 1974, it was more difficult to get many Christians, especially from different denominations, to agree upon some things. Yet, something remarkable happened after the Rev. Billy Graham and his evangelistic association helped initiate Lausanne I: The International Congress on World Evangelization in Switzerland. In July of 1974, more than 2,300 evangelical leaders from 150 countries agreed upon the Lausanne Covenant to be more intentional about world evangelization. The following paragraph is quoted from the Lausanne Covenant of 1974 and would be an excellent centerpiece or core value of any church missions program or personal missions involvement.
    44. 46. 9. THE URGENCY OF THE EVANGELISTIC TASK &quot;More than 2,700 million people, which is more than two-thirds of all humanity, have yet to be evangelised. We are ashamed that so many have been neglected; it is a standing rebuke to us and to the whole Church. There is now, however, in many parts of the world an unprecedented receptivity to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are convinced that this is the time for churches and para-church agencies to pray earnestly for the salvation of the unreached and to launch new efforts to achieve world evangelization. A reduction of foreign missionaries and money in an evangelised country may sometimes be necessary to facilitate the national church's growth in self-reliance and to release resources for unevangelised areas. Missionaries should flow ever more freely from and to all six continents in a spirit of humble service. The goal should be, by all available means and at the earliest possible time, that every person will have the opportunity to hear, understand, and to receive the good news. We cannot hope to attain this goal without sacrifice. All of us are shocked by the poverty of millions and disturbed by the injustices which cause it. Those of us who live in affluent circumstances accept our duty to develop a simple life-style in order to contribute more generously to both relief and evangelism.&quot; (Emphasis added.) < http://www.lausanne.org/lausanne-1974/lausanne-covenant.html >
    45. 47. What Can We Do? <ul><li>#1 – More prayer is needed for people in highly prioritized nations who have little or no opportunity to hear the truth about Jesus and very few Christians to pray for them </li></ul><ul><li>New missionaries can be sent to least reached peoples </li></ul><ul><li>Gospel tools can be used or translated to help reach high priority people </li></ul><ul><li>Greater emphasis could be placed on international student ministry </li></ul>
    46. 48. Practical Ways to Make a Difference <ul><li>Churches and individuals can evaluate the missionaries / organizations they support and consider focusing more on high priority countries </li></ul><ul><li>Churches could add more new missionaries &/or establish goals to increase the percentage of their support in high priority nations </li></ul><ul><li>10/40 Window Bible school scholarships, radio, Bible translation, or scripture / gospel literature support could be earmarked for high priority countries (like with Gospel for Asia, the Bible League, or Every Home for Christ) </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved with international student ministry </li></ul>
    47. 49. Conclusion <ul><li>There is a great need to prioritize reaching people who have little or no access to the Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>Countries with many least reached peoples can be targeted with more focused prayer and new missionaries or gospel resources. </li></ul>

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