A Church for Every People and
the Gospel for Every Person
by the Year 2000

The following charts have been prepared for Celebrate Messiah 2000.<>

"A Church for Every People and the Gospel for Every Person"

The Great Commission is a two-fold command. In Matthew 28:19,20 Jesus commands us to "Go and make disciples of all nations (peoples)". The focus is to establish disciples in mature fellowships among every people group. In Mark 16:15 Jesus gave the task of preaching the gospel to every person. The focus here is to present the Gospel to every individual. The watchword of "a church for every people and the Gospel for every person" sums up this two-fold command.

The tables and graphs following represent the progress and status of these two commands. For further details see the text of Patrick Johnstone's Celebrate Messiah 2000 Plenary address in the CM2000 Handbook on our web site, after the conference.


Status of A Church for Every People Group

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations" Matthew 28:19

The Joshua Project (JP) list of 'least reached peoples' was developed as a tool for measurement and mobilization. It establishes those peoples over 10,000 in number, and below 2% Evangelical or 5% Christian adherents, as most likely to need a church planting initiative. Approximately 1600 least reached peoples fit these criteria. The Joshua Project list has helped draw the attention of the Church to the neediest, most ignored, least resourced, and most challenging part of the unfinished task of world evangelization. (See accompanying charts.)

Praying Through the (10/40) Window initiatives were followed by specific commitments of church planting agencies to focus ministry on these peoples. Over the years the list became shorter, and at Amsterdam 2000 this year all the remaining peoples were embraced. About 99% of the world's population live in a people group that has a commitment for church planting team in the near future.

The vision is for a mission-minded church within every people. Given the short timeframe a goal was established as a basic minimum of a vital, witnessing congregation of at least 100 individuals within each people group. There are reports of such congregations in nearly 1/3 of the JP peoples.

People Group CriteriaNumber
of Groups
Rounded
Population
Population
Percent
Above 10,000 population
> 2% Evangelical or
> 5% Christian
6,0003,620 million60.3%
Above 10,000 population
< 2% Evangelical and
< 5% Christian
1,6002,350 million39.2%
Below 10,000 population~ 5,40030 million0.5%
World Totals~ 13,0006,000 million100%
Key Observation:
There are approximately 13,000
total people groups, more than
40% of which are smaller than
10,000 in population.

Key Observation:
The Joshua Project list represents
about 2.3 billion individuals living
in about 1,600 people groups that
are less than 2% Evangelical and
less than 5% Christian
Church Planting StatusPopulationPopulation
Percentage
Commitment for Church Planting
by mid-2002
6,000 million100%
Commitment for Church Planting
by Dec 31, 2000
5,925 million98.8%
Church Planting Team
Currently on-site
5,889 million>98.2%
Reported Fellowship of at least
100 Indigenous Believers
5,620 million93.7%
World Totals6,000 million100%

Joshua Project -- Least Reached Peoples Only
Church Planting Progress% of People Groups
1990Oct 1997Oct 2000
Commitment for Church Planting
by mid-2002
66%77%100%
Commitment for Church Planting
by Dec 31, 2000
66%77%85%
Church Planting Team
Currently on-site
39%43%68%
Reported Fellowship of at least
100 Indigenous Believers
Not
Available
4%31%
Key Observation:
By December 31, 2000, there will
have been over 4.1 billion viewers
of the Jesus Film and it will be
available in languages known by
99% of the world's population

"Church for Every People" Summary:
By December 31, 2000, nearly 99% of the world's population will live in a people group that has an actual or planned on-site church planting team.



Status of The Gospel for Every Person

"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation" Mark 16:15

We can never know whether we have attained the goal of each person effectively hearing the Gospel. However, we can measure the accessibility of the Gospel through multiple ministries - personal witness, literature, Scripture translation, Christian video, cassette, television and radio availability, the use of the Internet and many other tools God has given us today. (See accompanying charts.)

Patrick Johnstone suggests that 15-25% of the world's population have not sufficient exposure to have a valid opportunity to make a decision for or against Christ. This means 1.2 billion people on earth today, are yet to be evangelized.

Key Observation:
By December 31, 2000,
Christian radio broadcasts will
cover an estimated 99% of
the world's population

Key Observation:
By December 31, 2000, there will
have been over 4.1 billion viewers
of the Jesus Film and it will be
available in languages known by
99% of the world's population

Key Observation:
By December 31, 2000, 8 out of
every 10 people will have access
to the entire Bible in their own
language. 94 out of 100 will have
access to the New Testament.

"Gospel for Every Person" Summary:
By December 31, 2000, between 75-85% of the population of the world would have heard the Gospel.

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