“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known.”
– Paul the Apostle (Rom.15:20)
Unengaged & Unreached
Unengaged: Within their own language and ethnicity they have zero opportunities to hear about Jesus.
The term “unengaged” describes an ethnic people group with no active church planting strategy among them. These people have zero churches, zero believers, and zero Christian outreaches. Within their own language and ethnic people group, they have zero opportunities to hear about Jesus.
The Joshua Project, defines the unengaged as “a people group which has no active church planting underway.”
According to the IMB Global Research Office: “A people group is engaged when a church planting strategy, consistent with evangelical faith and practice, is under implementation. In this respect, a people group is not engaged when it has been merely adopted, is the object of focused prayer, or is part of an advocacy strategy.”
Unreached: A people group among which there is no sizable indigenous community of believing Christians.
The term “unreached” identifies a slightly broader collection of people groups where the evangelical Christian population is less than two percent (this collection includes unengaged groups.)
“Two percent of a population happens to be a tipping point. “The quality of a whole culture may be changed when two percent of its people have a new vision.” – Robert Bellah, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.
According to Joshua Project: “An unreached or least-reached people is a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group.”
We go where the love of God is desperately needed.
Note: WorldVenture subscribes, with the rest of the evangelical missions community, to statistics on these two groups, unengaged and unreached, that are researched and documented by the Global Research IMB and the Joshua Project.
The state of the church in places like Europe.
The “unchurched” refers to people who live with some access to the gospel and maybe proximity to a church, who might even identify as Christian due to political party or nationality, but who do not follow Christ or fellowship at a church. This term describes the state of the church in places like Europe, where most countries are less than one percent evangelical, although their nationality might describe them as Christian. In these places is a cultural awareness of Christianity, but encounters with a true believing community are rare.
Groups that fall outside of normal and often acceptable society.
It is guaranteed that in all societies, certain people will live as outcasts—often invisible and forgotten. Sometimes, this comes in the form of a handicap, such as not speaking the language; other times, it is because of corruption and oppression, as in the case of human trafficking; and sometimes, a people group completely rejects their own, such as the “untouchable” class in India. For these groups, WorldVenture moves with the compassion of Christ to stand up for them and protect them.