Jesus said: "... go and make disciples of all nations." (Mat. 28:19). The word nations is ethnic. It refers to ethnolinguistic peoples. And thus the goal A church for every people. A goal is a dream with a deadline. Our time target is December 31, 2000.
In November of last year, a group of researchers and users representing various Christian missions further defined the goal as follows: "..it means: to make a priority of establishing, as a minimum, a pioneer church planting movement within every significant ethnolinguistic people within every country of the world by December 31, 2000."
Our ultimate aim is to see a saturation church planting movement in across every barrier of understanding or acceptance, within practical reach of every person on earth." However, our immediate aim, by December 31, 2000 is that there be a pioneer church planted every ethnolinguistic people.
A target list of these ethnolinguistic peoples has now been put together and distributed here at GCOWE. For the first time we are now dealing with an integrated list of ethnolinguistic peoples most in need of a church planting movement. The term "significant" relates to size, i.e. significantly large. It includes every least evangelized peoples over 10,000 individuals. The GCOWE publication titled Least Evangelized Peoples of the World contains this list of almost 2500 peoples. Almost all of these peoples reside in the 10/40 Window. A church for every people by AD 2000 thus implies that we work together in our countries, continents and the world to establish a church planting movement in every one of these 2500 significantly large peoples.
My second point is taken from the commissioning of Jesus to his followers: "Go into all the world and preach the good news to every creature." (Mark 16:15). This is the basis for the AD 2000 & GCOWE '95 objective: "the Gospel for Every Person." This implies global accessibility of the gospel to every individual. The Apostle Paul was able to say in his time: "From Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ." (Romans 15:19). That was the geographic territory ranging from Jerusalem to what today is the Former Yugoslavia on the Balkan peninsula. The question is: will we be able to say at December 31, 2000. "From Jerusalem all the way around the world to Jerusalem again the gospel of Christ has been fully proclaimed?"