Churches encouraged to adopt a people group

By June 5, 2007

USA (MNN) — According to the Joshua Project, there are more than 6,400 unreached people groups around the world. These are groups of people among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize them.

Because of that, the Southern Baptist International Mission Board is encouraging churches to adopt a people group. According to the IMB, 'Your church can have a key role in bringing an unreached people group to Christ. Adopting a people group helps churches take an active and direct role in missions."

The IMB says there are seven steps to adopting a people group: 

Pray for God's guidance, discover your church's natural affinity, determine expectations, identify a missions champion, investigate opportunities to serve. When you find an unreached people group, celebrate them and pray for them. Then communicate with others and follow through on those commitments.

The Joshua Project says there are 2.5 billion people who are still considered unreached, or nearly 40-percent of the world's population.

You can get more information about adopting a people group at, or go to

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