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THE CHALLENGE OF “FINISHING THE TASK” Who Isn’t Being Reached? CALL 2 ALL CONGRESS
To Find Out Where the Church is NOT And Decide What We Are Going to do About It THE CALL 2 ALL OBJECTIVE
THE BIBLICAL PROMISES The Gospel Will be Preached Everywhere “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14
All Peoples Will Hear “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count; from every nation, tribe, people and language…” Revelation 7:9
THE DEFINITIONS 1974 People-Group Thinking Introduced by Ralph Winter
Recent Refinements Now Center on UNENGAGED, Unreached People Groups
What are UNENGAGED Groups? Answer: Groups without Access to the Gospel Characteristics: No Scripture No Missionary No Church No Known Believers
THE PROGRESS IN REACHING GROUPS SINCE 1974 12,000 Ethnolinguistic Groups - 6,000 “Reached” – 2% Believers 6,000 -3,000 Church Planting Currently Underway 3,000 Unengaged Groups STILL UNREACHED How much longer will we wait?
NETWORK UPDATE In the last 6 years… 981Groups Involved 236Groups have already sent workers 7,545Full-time workers sent 764Different unreached groups engaged 15,088New churches planted 798,507Believers reported
THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE Million People in Groups Without Access to the Gospel 2,415Groups less than 40,000=23 mi +538Groups over 40,000=231 mi 2,953UUPGs= mi 254 mi 254
Why Haven’t These Groups Been Reached? They are in the most remote, difficult places Heavy opposition from non-Christian radicals
Why Haven’t These Groups Been Reached? Mission boards have no more people to send Nobody willing to try
Why Haven’t These Groups Been Reached? No awareness Fear of failure Assumption that someone else will do it someone else will do it SO WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO?
A LOOK AT THE LIST Updates Available Electronically at www.finishingthetask.com
The Column Explanation and Resources Available A LOOK AT THE LIST FTT # COUNTRYPEOPLEPOPULATIONLANGUAGERELIGION WSOSJRGCBWNWC 5Algeria Bedouin, Chamba 114,130 (tzm) Tamazight, Central Atlas IslamYNYYYNY20
The Colors Showing Progress The Totals As of 13 Aug 2012 Color Denotes Progress in Evangelism and Church Planting 125 White Remaining to be Engaged 337 Blue Adopted but no Engagement; Full-time workers still needed 76 Green Workers engaging group from international churches, missionaries, or near neighbor believers
The Research No research is perfect There may be errors Submit your corrections on the update form A LOOK AT THE LIST
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS A. What’s the difference between unengaged and unreached groups? B. Why haven’t these groups been reached? C. How can you influence your church or organization to help with one or more of these groups?
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NEXT STEPS A.Attend the FTT Workshop B.Review Your Commitment Card B.Consider Your Response www.finishingthetask.com