Where we are
In the face of increasing restrictions and persecution in some areas, the Christian population is rapidly expanding throughout East Asia. This region contains some of the largest Christian countries in the world, yet mission vision is still lacking. Nevertheless, our teams have begun to gain the trust and favor of local church communities, and show them how to engage with the unreached living right around them.
Where we’re going…to the unsent
In the last 40 years the Church has been awakened to the need of unreached peoples — the 40% of the world with no access to the gospel. But the Center for Mission Mobilization is focused on waking up the unsent peoples — the 75% of the global Church engaged in little or no mission sending. The CMM is sending teams of frontier mobilizers to transform these countries from traditional mission fields into radical new mission forces. This table of the 10 largest evangelical countries shows an enormous “mobilization gap” where there are millions of evangelicals, but with very few missionaries sent out.
The CMM is collaborating with Christian researchers to create the Unsent Peoples Index (or Mobilization Index). The purpose of our research is to understand which countries have the most potential to become great senders of missionaries to the unreached. We evaluate a country’s sending potential based on the number of evangelicals, their proximity to unreached people groups, and their economic ability to send missionaries beyond their borders.
Help us unleash the powerful potential of the unsent. With 80% of the global church in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the mission sending potential of these populations is immense.
Ten countries with the largest evangelical populations
|Number of evangelicals*||Number of missionaries sent**|
Statistics from Operation World 2010 ed
*Evangelicals as defined by Operation World 2010 ed.
**# of cross-cultural missionaries sent outside of one’s native country. Several of these nations are sending large numbers of missionaries within their own country. While this is good, we also must realize that much mobilization needs to be done in focusing those efforts on the unreached peoples within their countries. Research by Todd Johnson, author of Atlas of Global Christianity, has shown that 7.5% of the world’s missionaries are sent to the least-evangelized peoples, and national missionaries sending within their home country have the same low percentage of 7.5% that are sent to the least-evangelized peoples.