Churches Reaching the Unreached - Greg Queen and David Johnson

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Hundreds of smaller unreached people groups will never have full-time missionaries working among them. Churches in the USA and around the world are accepting the challenge of taking the Gospel to these people groups that may otherwise never hear. Such missionary-minded churches are called "Engaging Churches."

Churches are enlisted to engage a people group when:
  • No IMB missionaries are assigned to the people group.
  • There is no significant church planting activity among the people group.

The Engaging Church commits to create an environment for evangelism, discipleship and leadership training that will ignite a movement of churches planting churches among a people group. The Engaging Church employs strategies consistent with sound missiological principles to ensure that churches are reproducing in the African context without dependency upon outside resources.

In essence, the Engaging Church is the “missionary” who takes on the responsibility to do whatever it takes to ensure that the Gospel message is made available to every person among their focus people group.
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Engaging Church

An Engaging Church can be…
  • large or small – a passion for reaching the lost is all that matters!
  • a single church or a group of churches working together.
  • a state convention or association.

Initially, Engaging Churches will receive some training and logistical assistance from an Engagement Team member. The Engagement Team is made up of IMB missionaries who conduct field research on the unreached people groups and suggest strategies for reaching these people. Engagement Team members will assist Engaging Churches, but the church is ultimately responsible for developing and implementing a plan to fulfill the Great Commission among an unengaged people group.

If you want to become an Engaging Church contact: engage@gowestafrica.org
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Partnering Church

A Partnering Church works alongside an existing IMB missionary team to advance evangelism and church planting among that team's focus people group.

A Partnering Church can choose to serve a missionary team in one of two ways:
1) Help implement a particular strategy for the team, like youth ministry or leadership development.
2) Commit to reach a segment of the focus people group that is not currently being engaged.

A Partnering Church wants "more than just another mission trip." It wants to be intentional in making a long-term impact for the kingdom. The church can be large or small. All that matters is a willingness to go!

A Partnering Church is willing to:
  • fulfill their agreed-upon task, which could take at least 3-5 years of regular visits to the field.
  • get involved at every level. Even those who don’t go in person faithfully intercede in prayer for their people group and on-the-field teams.
  • sacrifice personal convenience to take the Gospel to some of the world’s most difficult-to-reach, out-of-the-way places.

If you want to become a Partnering Church contact: partner@gowestafrica.org

What is West Africa Like?

In West Africa, people value relationships more than any schedule, and friendly foreigners are typically welcomed warmly. Beyond that, diversity abounds:

Geography – It ranges from rain forests to barren deserts to modern cities and tropical islands.

People – It’s home to subsistence farmers, fishermen, nomadic herders and merchants who face challenges from civil war to disease and famine.
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Spirituality – It includes Islamic strongholds, voodoo covens and the witchcraft of African Traditional Religion (ATR).

Christianity has made its impact in some areas, but hundreds of people groups have never heard the Gospel. For many, extremely rough terrain physically hinders their access to Truth.