World Outreach – January 10, 2018

                  Jeff Walsh

What Is an “Unreached People Group”?

It is helpful to view the unfinished task of the Great Commission through the lens of people groups. The Joshua Project ( does an outstanding job of this. According to the Joshua Project, a people group is a group in which all individuals understand each other reasonably well and there are no major cultural or relational barriers to the spread of the gospel. There are 16,962 people groups in the world.

The Joshua Project classifies a people group as “unreached” if it meets two conditions. First, within the people group, there are less than or equal to 5 percent professing Christians and less than or equal to 2 percent evangelical Christians. Second, the church, if existent at all within the people group, is numerically too small to evangelize the people group without outside assistance. There are over 7,000 unreached people groups in the world today. That’s about 42 percent of all people groups.

Obedience to Christ’s command to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) demands that we focus on unreached people groups. The Greek word translated “nations” is ethne, which means “people groups.” There are still over 7,000 ethne without a significant presence of Christ’s disciples within them.

I encourage you to learn more about this at Pray for specific unreached people groups. Also, pray concerning your investment in bringing the gospel to unreached people groups. And, if you want to learn more about Advent Christian ministries among unreached people groups, feel free to contact the World Outreach office at