Research Maps

Seeing the World Clearly

A map is one tool researchers use to help visualize complex information. Well-designed maps make data easier to understand and enable us to quickly grasp global trends. A clear picture of the status of world evangelization and the location of unreached people groups is critical for good, strategic decision-making as we steward the resources God has entrusted to us.

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Progress Toward Engaging Unreached Peoples

As God continues to lead His church to engage peoples not yet reached with the Gospel, this map illustrates progress toward a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ. As you view this map, rejoice in how the Gospel has spread among many peoples and pray for the 3,150 people groups that remain unreached and unengaged.

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Global Status of Evangelical Christianity

The Global Status of Evangelical Christianity (GSEC) map portrays the spread of the gospel among people groups by measuring:

  • percentage of evangelicals;
  • access to evangelical resources;
  • recent church planting activity.

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Unengaged Unreached People Groups

A people group is unreached when less than 2 percent of its population is evangelical Christian. A people group is unengaged when no evangelical church planting strategy is being implemented among them.

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Unengaged Unreached People Groups > 100k

Of the 3,150 Unengaged Unreached People Groups, less than 400 have populations exceeding 100,000. This map highlights these UUPG100k groups.

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People groups share a common language and cultural identity.

People groups are ethno-linguistic groups who share a common language and cultural identity. For strategic purposes, a people group is the largest group within which the gospel can spread without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance.

To explore more data and research on specific people groups and global trends, visit peoplegroups.org.