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The Unfinished Task. Status of World Evangelization. We’re Going to Talk About 5 Things:. The Big Picture - Jesus’ last words The Status of the Great Commission How are we doing? The Gospel to the ends of the earth What are we doing? Dramatic recent progress

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The Unfinished Task

Status of World Evangelization


We’re Going to Talk About 5 Things:

  • The Big Picture - Jesus’ last words
  • The Status of the Great Commission How are we doing?
  • The Gospel to the ends of the earth What are we doing?
  • Dramatic recent progress
  • Challenges of the unfinished task

The Command:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” Matt 28:19 - A church for every people group

The Results:

God’s glory and Kingdom filling the earth – worship from “every nation, tribe, people, and tongue”Rev 7:9, Hab 2:14

1. Jesus’ Last Words

Nations = ethne = ethnic people groups

“Preach the Gospel to all creation”

Mark 16:15 – The Gospel to every person


2. Status of the Great Commission

A Church for Every People:

What is the Status?


2. Status of the Great Commission

How Many People Groups Are There?

Total People Groups

(A People Group is counted for each country it is in)



2. Status of the Great Commission

How Many People Groups Are Considered Unreached / Least-Reached?

(Using criteria of less than 2% Evangelical

and less than 5% Adherent)

Best current estimate of unreached / least-reached ethnic people groups:



2. Status of the Great Commission

Countries with the Most Unreached Peoples


3. The Gospel to the Ends of the Earth

What strategy can the Church use to “make disciples of all the nations?”

Mark 16:15 says “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.”

Since we do not know who is part of God’s family, we ought to have it as our goal to give every person the opportunity to respond to the Gospel.

Is this a realistic goal to present the Gospel to every person on earth?

vision of coca cola

3. The Gospel to the Ends of the Earth

Vision of Coca-Cola:

“A can of coke in the handof every person on the planet.”


3. The Gospel to the Ends of the Earth

World as Coke Drinkers

Approximate Percentages

What are some ways being used to reach every person?


3. The Gospel to the Ends of the Earth

Bible Translation

What happened after 1500 that caused such a dramatic rise?


The New Testament has been translated into the mother tongue of over 82% of the world’s population. However the remaining approximately 18% will require over 2,500 new translations.


Jesus Film Viewers

Jesus Film

3. The Gospel to the Ends of the Earth

What is the most viewed film in history and what film has been translated into the most languages in history?

There have been approximately 6.225 billion cumulative viewings or hearings to the Jesus Film. It is available in languages known by over 90% of the world’s population.


3. The Gospel to the Ends of the Earth

Christian Radio Broadcasting

It is estimated that Christian radio broadcasts cover at least 91% of the world’s population.


3. The Gospel to the Ends of the Earth

Status Summary

A Church for every People Group

Global Total16,500

Unreached / Least Reached 6,800

The Gospel to the Ends of the Earth

True Believers 10%

Nominal Adherents 20%

Heard, no response 40%

Virtually no exposure 30%


4. Dramatic Recent Progress

* Explosion of the non-western Church *

  • True Christianity has grown by more than 300 million believers in the past ten years.
  • About 10 million of these new Christians are from North America and Europe
  • The rest – 290 million – are from developing countries like Nigeria, Brazil, India and China.

The Global South: The new faces of Evangelical Christianity


4. Dramatic Recent Progress

* Unprecedented growth of the Church in the Global South *


1990 – ~ 10 tiny groups

1997 – ~ 300 fellowships

2005 – 1,000 churches

2005 – new church every week

2005 – 100,000 believers


4. Dramatic Recent Progress

* Philippines *

1975 – 3,000 churches

2005 – 55,000 churches

2010 – Expect to send out 100,000 contract workers into the 10/40 Window in the next 15 years as tentmaking missionaries … the most of any country!


4. Dramatic Recent Progress

* China *

  • 1948 less than 1 million believers.
  • 2008 upwards of 125 million believers. Most all of the growth has been in the last 30 years.
  • There are more followers of Jesus Christ in China than in North America.
  • More people are born in China every year than live in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, El Paso and Denver combined.
  • Over 12,000 new Chinese believers every day! Great need is for pastoral training.

Koreans: 30,000 Missionaries

Chinese: 50,000 Missionaries

10/40 Window

Nigerians: 15,000 missionaries

Filipinos: 100,000 Contract labor tentmakers

4. Dramatic Recent Progress

Developing World Missions Initiatives in the 10/40 Window

Estimated missionaries sent by various countries over the next 15-20 years.

Micronesian: ?



5. Challenges of the Unfinished Task

Why hasn’t the Great Commission been completed?


5. Challenges of the Unfinished Task

* Spiritual Challenge *

Satan does not give up ground without a battle.

More Christians have been martyred in the 20th century than in the previous 19 centuries combined.


5. Challenges of the Unfinished Task

* Population Challenge *

5.5 billion lost people in the world …

Viewing 5 per second it would take 35 years to see everyone.

Related video from International Mission Board-SBC at:


5. Challenges of the Unfinished Task

* People Group Challenge *

Remaining people groups are the most difficult to penetrate.

  • GEOGRAPHIC BARRIERS:remote, harsh climate, difficult access, or nomadic.
  • LINGUISTIC BARRIERS:illiteracy,  no scripture in their language, unwritten language, terminology confusion.
  • CULTURAL BARRIERS: persecution, closed to change, Christianity viewed as a “foreign” religion.

5. Challenges of the Unfinished Task

* Political / National Challenge *

Countries with the highest % of unreached tend to be the most closed to Christianity

North Korea

  • Open Doors ranks North Korea #1 in Christian persecution.
  • Government severely represses all religious activity and there is systematic oppression, imprisonment and execution of Christians.
  • Physical and spiritual starvation of 23 million people.

Answer: Half a penny

5. Challenges of the Unfinished Task

* Church Challenge *

Imbalance in Missionary Distribution

  • Over 87%of all cross-cultural foreign missionaries minister among nominal Christian peoples.

For every 1 million unreached Muslims there are less than 3 missionaries

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?


That There Might Be Worshippers

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” Rev 7:9


Joshua Project

PO Box 64080

Colorado Springs, CO 80962 USA