Unreached People Groups


An unreached people group (UPG) is a people group in which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians, or resources for a Christian community to develop and flourish. This means there is no church, no bible in their language, and/or no missionaries within the community.


When we refer to an unreached people group, we do so by the definition obtained from Joshua Project, a research initiative on global ethnic groups, which states that the criteria for an unreached tribe is less than or equal to 2% of Evangelical Christians within the community.


Unengaged/unreached people groups


An unengaged/unreached people group (UUPG) is a people group with no known active church planting underway. According to the IMB Global Research Office, "A people group is engaged when a church planting strategy, consistent with evangelical faith and practice, is under implementation.” In the same, we believe that there must be four essential elements to constitute active engagement: an apostolic effort, a commitment to work in the local language and culture, a commitment to long term work, and an active goal of seeing a church plant emerge. Not all unreached people groups are unengaged, but all unengaged people groups are indeed unreached.




There are over 7 billion people living today; and of this number, over two billion are without access to the gospel. There are many factors as to why these people are without access. One factor is the need for more laborers to reach UUPGs. Jesus said that the laborers are few and that we should pray to the Lord of the harvest that He may send more out (Luke 10:2). Another factor is that these people live in geographical regions that are difficult to journey to.


Despite the "why not’s," in Revelation 5:9 and 7:9-10, we can see that there will be people from every tribe, language, people, and nation before the Throne of Heaven. We know that this will be fulfilled, but the question is whether or not this generation of believers will play a part in it.