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Great Commission Priorities Where are the people who have not heard about Jesus? Where should we prioritize taking the Gospel?

Prioritization of the Great Commission (Overview) • 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. • 80% of missionaries are among evangelized (nominal) Christian people groups and a very large portion of Christian resources are in the U.S. • 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. • We need to prioritize these unreached people so we can obey our Master and complete the task He's given us all to do. • 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.

Past Fruitful / Successful Missions • Christian missions have been successful in many places like sub-Saharan Africa • 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.

Completing the Great Commission • Jesus told us to make disciples of all ethne / ethnos (people groups) • In order to do this, we Christian disciples must be engaged with all ethne • At present, there are many peoples with little or no Gospel witness • In order to fulfill Jesus’ last command, we must make it a high priority • This requires that we send people and resources where they are currently sparse but in very great need

Where are the majority of gospel / Christian resources?

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0.51 x proportional share 7.4 x proportional share 0.001 8 0.017 0.0083 0.049 Afghanistan 0.000072 x proportional share 1.3 < 1.0 (Has less than country’s fair share per person) = 1.0 (Has country’s fair share per person) Data Source: World Christian Trends, Barrett & Johnson > 1.0 (Has more than country’s fair share per person) Ratios of Countries’ Portions of the World’s Christian (Personal or Church) Income on a per Person Basis Legend Major Lakes Lowest Ratio (less than country’s portion) Countries - ISO Link Code Country Share Christian Income 0.005 or less Country Share Christian Income greater than 0.005 to 0.024 Country Share Christian Income greater than 0.024 to 0.078 Country Share Christian Income greater than 0.078 to 0.150 Country Share Christian Income greater than 0.150 to 0.420 Country Share Christian Income greater than 0.420 to 0.610 Country Share Christian Income greater than 0.610 to 1.000 Country Share Christian Income greater than 1.000 to 2.430 Country Share Christian Income greater than 2.430 to 5.200 Country Share Christian Income greater than 5.200 Unclassified Features Highest Ratio (more than country’s portion) World Oceans

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$130,000 $1,551,000 $15,800 $9,80 0 $171,800 $40,800 Afghanistan $30,400 Mozambique $1,400 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 Legend Major Lakes Most Effective Countries - ISO Link Code Cost per Baptism 6,700 or less Cost per Baptism greater than 6,700 to 13,900 Cost per Baptism greater than 13,900 to 34,200 Cost per Baptism greater than 34,200 to 53,150 Cost per Baptism greater than 53,150 to 99,300 Cost per Baptism greater than 99,300 to 174,700 Cost per Baptism greater than 174,700 to 325,600 Cost per Baptism greater than 325,600 to 542,000 Cost per Baptism greater than 542,000 to 1,108,000 Cost per Baptism greater than 1,108,000 Unclassified Features Least Effective World Oceans

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

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1.6 x proportional share 0.034 6.0 x proportional share 0.022 0.0097 0.090 0.33 0.29 0.97 Afghanistan 0.0035 x proportional share < 1.0 (Has less than country’s fair share per person) = 1.0 (Has country’s fair share per person) Data Source: World Christian Trends, Barrett & Johnson > 1.0 (Has more than country’s fair share per person) Ratios of Countries’ Portions of the World’s Christian Workers on a per Person Basis Legend Major Lakes Lowest Ratio (less than country’s portion) Countries - ISO Link Code Country Share Christian Workers 0.05 or less Country Share Christian Workers greater than 0.05 to 0.18 Country Share Christian Workers greater than 0.18 to 0.39 Country Share Christian Workers greater than 0.39 to 0.66 Country Share Christian Workers greater than 0.66 to 1.00 Country Share Christian Workers greater than 1.00 to 1.53 Country Share Christian Workers greater than 1.53 to 2.17 Country Share Christian Workers greater than 2.17 to 3.20 Country Share Christian Workers greater than 3.20 to 4.35 Country Share Christian Workers greater than 4.35 Unclassified Features Highest Ratio (more than country’s portion) World Oceans

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0.18 x proportional share 0.054 5.0 x proportional share 0.0070 0.0078 0.056 0.33 0.52 Note: Most of the red or orange nations are islands 0.21 Afghanistan 0.0035 x proportional share < 1.0 (Has less than country’s fair share per person) = 1.0 (Has country’s fair share per person) Data Source: World Christian Trends, Barrett & Johnson > 1.0 (Has more than country’s fair share per person) Ratios of Countries’ Portions of the World’s Christian Periodicals on a per Person Basis Legend Major Lakes Fewest Countries - ISO Link Code Country Share Christian Periodicals 0.08 or less Country Share Christian Periodicals greater than 0.08 to 0.27 Country Share Christian Periodicals greater than 0.27 to 0.47 Country Share Christian Periodicals greater than 0.47 to 0.64 Country Share Christian Periodicals greater than 0.64 to 1.00 Country Share Christian Periodicals greater than 1.00 to 2.10 Country Share Christian Periodicals greater than 2.10 to 4.40 Country Share Christian Periodicals greater than 4.40 to 7.80 Country Share Christian Periodicals greater than 7.80 to 19.80 Country Share Christian Periodicals greater than 19.80 Unclassified Features Most World Oceans

Average Number of Discipleship Opportunities per Person per Year (Lowest 25 + Misc. Countries) 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 Source: Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson. World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001.

268 0.034 368 <1 562 2 <1 16 13 29 Afghanistan 0.02 Data Source: World Christian Trends, Barrett & Johnson Number of Evangelistic Offers or Opportunities to Become a Disciple per Capita per Year Legend Major Lakes Fewest Countries - ISO Link Code Disciple Offers per Person per Year 4 or less Disciple Offers per Person per Year greater than 4 to 19 Disciple Offers per Person per Year greater than 19 to 120 Disciple Offers per Person per Year greater than 120 to 265 Disciple Offers per Person per Year greater than 265 to 345 Disciple Offers per Person per Year greater than 345 to 440 Disciple Offers per Person per Year greater than 440 to 483 Disciple Offers per Person per Year greater than 483 to 528 Disciple Offers per Person per Year greater than 528 to 557 Disciple Offers per Person per Year greater than 557 Unclassified Features Most World Oceans

Needed in the U.S. • Clearly the U.S. has more than her share of Christian finances, resources, and ministers. • Thus, the U.S. does NOT need more money to obey the Great Commission in this nation • Obedient followers of Jesus with vision (from the Lord) are needed

The Great Need for More Emphasis on Reaching the Unevangelized with the Gospel

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 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

From “World Christian Trends AD 30 – AD 2200” by David Barrett and Todd Johnson • • • • • • • • • Current Missionary distribution: 2.4% (among) unevangelized, 24.5% evangelized non-Christians, 73.1% Christians (pp. 40 & 55) 1990 AoG missionaries – 2.0%, 34.2%, 63.8% (p. 57) 1990 Pentecostal/Charismatic missionaries – 1%, 25%, 74% (p. 56) Foreign mission money p.a. – 1.7%, 11.7%, 86.6% (p. 55) Full-time workers – 0.4%, 23.7%, 75.9% (p. 55) Tracts (leaflets) p.a. – 0.2%, 4.0%, 95.8% (p. 55) Only 8.7% of all Christian personnel, outreach, and evangelism ever gets through to the evangelized non-Christian world/peoples and only 0.3% to the unevangelized (p. 81) 91% of all Christian outreach/evangelism does not target nonChristians but targets other Christians in (60%+) Christian countries, cities, peoples, populations, or situations (p. 3) It costs Christians 700 times more money to baptize converts in rich Christian countries (Switzerland) than in poor unevangelized countries (Nepal) (p. 3)

Windows International Network • “Only five pennies of every $100 given to missions goes to the 10/40 Window!” • That's 0.05%!!!

Pioneers (Missions Organization) • • • “Worldwide, Christians earn $12.3 trillion a year. Of that $12.3 trillion, only 1.7% is given to Christian causes of any kind. Of this 1.7%, only 5.4% goes to foreign missions. Of this 5.4%, only 1% goes to people without any opportunity to hear about Jesus!” Let's break this down: 0.092% of all Christian earned income goes to missions. 0.054% of the money of Christian causes goes to unreached peoples. 0.00092% of all Christian earned income goes to people with little or no opportunity to hear about Jesus! Core Value: Unreached Peoples We believe that our primary calling from God is to proclaim Christ among unreached peoples--those groups remaining in the world who have the least opportunity to hear and understand the life-giving message of the Gospel. There are still many hundreds of ethno-linguistic groups who do not have their own churches. Our passion is to bring the first spark of light to these dark places. <http://www.pioneers.org/Portals/0/UltimateImpact.pdf>, page 5 <http://www.pioneers.org/Default.aspx?tabid=39&PrevTab=1>, Core Values Matter

Quote from Justin Long in the May-June 2006 issue of “Missions Frontiers” • "The majority of Christians in the world are still not aware of the challenge of the unreached, and many that are aware feel little or no responsibility. . . . Of the US $15 billion given to missions, less than 2% is given for mission to the unreached, and less than 5% of the world's missionaries are focused on the unreached." (Emphasis added.) • "Will we change? If current patterns continue, the unreached will still represent one-fourth of the world's population in 2025. 'Insanity,'wrote Albert Einstein, 'is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.'" (Emphasis added.) < http://www.missionfrontiers.org/2006/03/PDFs/08-11_Ethne.pdf >, page 9

Where Are Missionaries Needed the Most? • Unreached people groups • Least evangelized world or unevangelized world (“World A”) • 10/40 Window

Where Are the People Who Have Not Heard About Jesus? • Most Christians can more easily locate countries rather than people groups • Joshua Project* and WCT missions information was used to prioritize the nations using ten criteria • Data for 15,893 people groups and 222 countries were used to evaluate the status of Christianity in the nations • The results have many possible applications about world evangelization efforts *<http://www.joshuaproject.net/download.php >

Percent Least Reached (24%) Number Evang/Disci Opportunities (18%) Joshua Project Progress (15%) Prioritization Weighting Christian Workers per Million (14%) Ministry Tools (8%) Country Indices (8%) Population People Least Reached (6%) Number Least Reached People Groups (4%) Population (2%) Cost / Convert (1%) 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

Note: Most of the purple nations are (small) islands Data Source: Advocates for the Unreached Great Commission Prioritization of Countries L egend Major Lakes Lowest Priority C ountries - ISO Link Code Prioritization Score 18.2 or less Prioritization Score greater than 18.2 to 24.0 Prioritization Score greater than 24.0 to 28.6 Prioritization Score greater than 28.6 to 35.0 Prioritization Score greater than 35.0 to 42.7 Prioritization Score greater than 42.7 to 49.5 Prioritization Score greater than 49.5 to 61.6 Prioritization Score greater than 61.6 to 74.0 Prioritization Score greater than 74.0 to 81.9 Prioritization Score greater than 81.9 U nclassif ied Features Highest Priority World Oceans

Country Great Commission Status / Prioritization Scores Total 96.93 95.34 94.81 93.79 93.59 92.30 91.25 90.84 90.57 89.86 89.79 89.51 89.50 89.41 88.83 88.65 88.28 87.33 86.93 86.21 86.10 86.03 85.88 85.83 85.14 Country Rank 1 Afghanistan 2 Yemen 3 Iran 4 Pakistan 5 Algeria 6 Bangladesh 7 Morocco 8 Mauritania 9 Turkey 10 Somalia 11 Bhutan Western Sahara 12 13 Tunisia 14 Niger 15 Comoros 16 Saudi Arabia 17 Uzbekistan 18 Iraq 19 Libya 20 Maldives 21 Turkmenistan 22 Nepal 23 Azerbaijan 24 Tajikistan 25 Korea North 85.01 84.20 83.91 83.69 83.34 83.18 82.45 81.65 81.03 80.33 79.59 79.41 79.04 78.86 78.71 78.20 78.05 77.95 76.81 76.80 76.75 75.24 73.89 73.67 73.60 26 Guinea 27 Mali 28 Cambodia 29 Mongolia 30 Thailand 31 Oman 32 Laos 33 Mayotte 34 Senegal 35 Djibouti 36 India 37 Kyrgyzstan 38 Japan 39 Gambia 40 Myanmar 41 Sri Lanka 42 Israel 43 Syria 44 Jordan 45 United Arab Emirates 46 Sudan 47 Kazakhstan 48 Indonesia 49 Bahrain 50 Guinea-Bissau 72.51 72.47 72.38 72.34 70.09 69.44 69.04 67.14 66.29 65.09 64.64 64.39 64.23 64.19 63.12 62.81 62.55 62.43 62.27 62.19 61.99 61.85 61.26 59.70 59.66 51 Kuwait 52 Chad 53 Viet Nam 54 Eritrea 55 Qatar 5 Bosnia-Herzegovina 6 57 Egypt 58 Malaysia 59 China 60 Nigeria 61 Brunei 62 Serbia and Montenegro 63 Tanzania 64 Sierra Leone 65 Macedonia 66 Mozambique 67 Georgia 68 Ivory Coast 69 Ethiopia 70 Taiwan 71 Lebanon 72 Burkina Faso 73 Benin 74 Russia 75 Guyana 58.25 57.40 56.73 56.32 55.85 55.17 54.18 53.92 53.19 52.85 52.50 51.87 50.84 48.85 48.34 48.23 48.19 47.46 46.84 46.67 46.35 46.21 46.14 46.02 45.92 76 Togo Central African Rep77 78 Singapore 79 Palestine 80 Liberia 81 Bulgaria 82 France 83 Cameroon 84 Belarus 85 Ghana 86 Ukraine 87 East Timor 88 Armenia 89 Moldavia 90 Zambia 91 Cyprus 92 Kenya 93 Liechtenstein 94 Austria 95 Belgium 96 Philippines 97 Reunion 98 Madagascar 99 Italy 100 Greece

45.91 45.62 45.40 45.35 44.79 44.24 44.19 43.96 43.83 43.55 43.31 43.06 42.77 42.46 41.93 41.35 41.21 41.17 41.04 40.35 40.24 39.64 39.53 38.35 38.27 37.65 37.42 36.90 36.78 35.97 101 Estonia 102 Gibraltar 103 Netherlands 104 Albania 105 Gabon Equatorial Guinea106 Czech Republic 107 108 Namibia 109 Andorra 110 Malawi 111 Mauritius 112 Spain 113 Slovenia 114 Germany 115 Fiji 116 Luxembourg 117 Latvia 118 Lithuania 119 Croatia 120 Trinidad & Tobago 121 Canada 122 Uganda 123 Sweden 124 Suriname 125 Britain 126 South Africa French Guiana 127 Congo-Brazzaville128 129 Monaco 130 Australia 35.67 35.29 34.74 34.58 34.01 33.16 33.13 33.01 32.98 32.82 32.56 31.97 31.44 31.33 31.26 30.73 30.60 30.50 29.41 28.76 28.58 28.15 27.55 27.07 26.53 26.26 26.13 26.04 25.70 25.41 131 Zimbabwe Northern Mariana 132 Is 133 Cuba 134 Slovakia 135 Uruguay 136 San Marino 137 Switzerland 138 Hungary 139 Argentina 140 Romania 141 United States 142 Botswana 143 Denmark 144 Peru 145 Poland 1 Papua New Guinea 46 147 Greenland 148 Rwanda 149 Congo-Zaire 150 Finland 151 Norway 152 Mexico New Caledonia 153 154 Angola 155 Dominican Republic Cayman Islands 156 157 Sao Tome & Principe 158 Ecuador 159 Netherlands Antilles 160 Barbados 25.32 25.00 24.85 24.77 24.73 24.56 24.42 23.79 23.60 22.95 22.89 22.78 22.43 22.23 22.08 21.84 21.75 21.31 20.97 20.61 20.33 20.06 19.75 19.57 19.32 19.07 18.75 18.75 18.46 17.88 17.28 161 Jamaica 162 Saint Vincent 163 Guatemala 164 Aruba 165 Portugal 166 Honduras 167 New Zealand 168 Vanuatu 169 Venezuela 170 Burundi American Samoa 171 1 Saint Kitts & Nevis 72 173 Martinique 174 Korea South 175 Chile 176 Panama 177 Paraguay 178 Belize 179 Micronesia 180 Brazil 181 Colombia 182 Seychelles 183 Nicaragua 184 Isle of Man Solomon Islands 185 186 Bahamas Turks & Caicos Is187 188 Ireland 189 Iceland British Virgin Is 190 191 Swaziland 17.24 17.09 16.66 16.25 16.21 15.95 15.94 15.94 15.36 15.21 13.92 13.70 13.29 13.17 13.12 12.63 12.37 12.00 11.00 10.94 9.75 9.65 9.14 8.73 8.13 7.86 7.30 5.33 4.80 3.61 1.88 192 Lesotho 193 Costa Rica Wallis & Futuna Is194 195 Bermuda 196 El Salvador 197 Dominica 198 Cape Verde Marshall Islands 199 200 Guadeloupe 201 Haiti 202 Tuvalu 203 Bolivia Virgin Is of the US204 205 Puerto Rico French Polynesia 206 207 Nauru 208 Grenada 209 Antigua 210 Malta 211 Anguilla 212 Palau 213 Saint Lucia Faeroe Islands 214 215 Guam 216 Kiribati 217 Montserrat 218 Saint Helena 219 Tonga 220 Cook Islands 221 Samoa 222 Saint Pierre & Miquelon

Need of USA vs. Other Countries 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.) % of All 34.1% Christian (7.4 x % Personal or pop.) Church Income 0.00002% (1/19,000 x % pop.) 0.14% (1/120 x % pop.) 0.38% 16.7% % of World Population 4.6% 5.6% 1.9% 1.0% (1/3.0 x % (1/11 x % (1/3.5 x % pop.) pop.) pop.) 0.36% 0.17% (1/58 x % (1/21 x % pop.) pop.) 20.9% 3.5% *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

Need of USA vs. Other Countries (cont’d) 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 $1,551,000 Cost / Convert $30,000 $9,803 $15,828 Sources: Barrett and Johnson WCT, Joshua Project $40,765

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.

9. THE URGENCY OF THE EVANGELISTIC TASK "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." (Emphasis added.) <http://www.perspectives.org/about/lausanne.html>

What Can We Do? • #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 • New missionaries can be sent to least reached peoples • Gospel tools can be used or translated to help reach high priority people • Greater emphasis could be placed on international student ministry

Practical Ways to Make a Difference • Churches and individuals can evaluate the missionaries / organizations they support and consider focusing more on high priority countries • Churches could add more new missionaries &/or establish goals to increase the percentage of their support in high priority nations • 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) • Get involved with international student ministry

Conclusion • There is a great need to prioritize reaching people who have little or no access to the Gospel • Countries with many least reached peoples can be targeted with more focused prayer and new missionaries or gospel resources.

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