Needed: a New Metric to Assess Adventist Mission

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Spring 2017


Charting the number of countries and languages the Adventist Church is working among should be continued. However, in view of the need for a comprehensive mission metric to better measure the progress and growth of Adventist Mission I propose the following be approved by the Global Mission Issues Committee and recommended to the Adventist Mission Board: 1. Recommended that Adventist Mission adopt as its primary metric a people group approach for measuring the task remaining. 2. Recommended that the Adventist Mission Board adopt the following definitions: a. People Group: A people group is a significantly large sociological grouping of people who perceive themselves to have a common affinity for one another because of shared language, ethnicity, religion, race, caste, occupation, education, or patterns of social interaction. b. Unreached People Group: An unreached people is a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Adventists with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance. c. Reached People Group: In order for a people group to be considered reached, the following criteria must be considered: (1) There are adequate numbers and resources to evangelize the groups without outside assistance, (2) people worship in their first language or heart language, not in a trade language or in translated worship services, (3) people have access to the Bible and other evangelistic materials in their first language, (4) the people group has indigenous church leaders who can evangelize the rest of the people group without working through a translator. 3. Recommended that the Joshua Project data on people groups be used as the primary source for developing an Adventist list of unreached people groups in each division, union, and conference. 4. Recommended that Adventist Mission work with Adventist Mem- bership Services to develop reporting criteria for the people group approach.

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Journal of Adventist Mission Studies





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World Mission