Dr. Donald A. McGavran proposed the concept of a “Homogeneous Church” in the 1970s.  Different missions agencies have echoed this concept and joined hands to strategically bring the Gospel to the “Least Reached People Groups” or “Unreached People Groups” in order to finish the Great Commission within the shortest amount of time! Effective Evangelization happens when the Gospel can be spread smoothly among the largest number of  people, without cultural, linguistic and geographical barriers.

Source: Robb, John D.  Focus! The Power of Group Thinking.  Monrovia, USA: MARC, 1989.

For evangelization purposes, a “people group” is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance.” (Source: 1982 Lausanne Committee Chicago meeting)

  • Our ministry should be created with our audience in mind.  We should put ourselves in their shoes and understand their lives and worldview, instead of only sticking to one general strategy.
    • Jesus incarnated and dwelt among us (John 1:14)
    • To the Jews, I became as a Jew (1 Corinthians 9:20)
  • A holistic ministry, which includes of combination of Gospel teachings, spiritual encounters and social services, should be provided to the people group that God put on our hearts.

In light of the urgency of the ministry, we should be strategic and focus on the unfinished task, and ask the Lord to send out labourers for the harvest

Reference: Focus! The Power of Group Thinking

The number of people groups vary because of the definitions used by different experts vary as well.  AOHK adopts the same approach as the “Kairos” mission course, that is adopting the Joshua Project as our foundation. Hence there are close to 16,900 people groups of which, close to 7,000 are considered least reached people groups.

For more details, please refer to www.joshuaproject.net/global_statistics.

  1. Base everything on God’s authority and will
  2. Seek God’s will through prayer
  3. Use strategies from the Bible as a guide
  4. Use rational analysis
  5. Use real cases as examples
  6. Innovate through constant trial and error/revision and execution

Source: James C.C. Shia.  “Forming Missions Strategies”.  Strategies for Evangelization of the Chinese Grassroots.  Hong Kong: Chinese Coordination Centre of World Evangelism, 2004), p.31-36.

  1. Pray and seek God
  2. Study the strategies for missions in the Bible
  3. Survey the strategies for missions of churches and other related people groups
  4. Survey the marketing strategies of corporations/ NGOs of similar nature
  5. Collect data and research on related information and factors
  6. Analyze the original strategy and action
  7. Survey the target audience
  8. Discuss and analyse
  9. Determine the strategy
  10. Execute and revise the strategy

Source: James C.C. Shia.  “Forming Missions Strategies”.  Strategies for Evangelization of the Chinese Grassroots.  Hong Kong: Chinese Coordination Centre of World Evangelism, 2004), p.31-36.

Unadopted Not being particularly cared/ prayed for
Unengaged No known active church planting underway, including the following four essential elements:

  • apostolic effort in residence;
  • commitment to work in the local language and culture;
  • commitment to long-term ministry;
  • sowing in a manner consistent with the goal of seeing a church-planting movement (CPM) emerge.”
Unreached /
Least reached
Least heard of Gospel / Never heard of Gospel: No indigenous community of believing Christians able to evangelize within the people group
E0 / M0 Local evangelism
E1 / E2 / E3 Local cross–cultural missions
M1 / M2 / M3 Overseas cross-cultural missions
Regular mission Cross-cultural missions among the Reached People Groups
Frontier mission Cross-cultural missions among the Least Reached/ Unreached People Groups
Viable church A church with members keep engaging in evangelism and missions, generations by generations
Orality Using oral stories for evangelism, education, leadership training and delivering church planting methods.  Over 70% of the world population are illiterate or do not want to read!
Holistic Ministry Obeying both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment
Collaboration of Churches and Social Services
Combination of Gospel proclaiming, power encountering and social services

For more details: www.joshuaproject.net/definitions.php; Winter, Ralph D. and Koch, Bruce A. “Finishing the Task – The Unreached Peoples Challenge”. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.



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