Falling Way Short of Fulfilling the Great Commission

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19 NIV).

We know Jesus commands us to spread the gospel across the earth. But how are we doing?

Working towards God’s Kingdom Coming to Earth

The following is a summary of findings from the Issachar Initiative.

Currently, the Global Church consists of an estimated 5 million churches, and 2.3 billion Christians, about 250 million of which are Americans. The numbers are growing, but the gospel still hasn’t reached even close to everyone.

More than 1 million neighborhoods don’t have a single church, 4,000 language groups still don’t have the Bible, and 3,100 people groups have no missionary. These unreached corners of the world are mostly illiterate, meaning they need to receive the gospel orally, which cannot happen without sufficient missions funding by the Church in the rest of the world.

About 99.7% of the resources (missions activities and financial support) of churches are directed toward the Church where it already exists; whereas it is estimated that only 0.3% is being directed to where the church is not.

The Global Church is growing, but the Great Commission won’t be fulfilled without the resources to go out and reach the entire world.

This Needs to Change: Let's Spread the Gospel

There are so many people who are yet to hear the gospel, but we can’t give up. It’s an issue that is enormous, no doubt, but there are 250 Million Christian Americans who can do something about this—so let’s solve the problem. And that's just us, on this side of the globe. Think of what would happen if developed nations everywhere got on board.

The statistics in this post are sourced from Issachar Initiative, who is dedicated to serving the body of Christ by bringing vision and focus so its resources are strategically directed towards the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Jesus' Economy is working towards fulfilling the Great Commission: See our efforts to provide access to the gospel in Bihar, India, where millions are yet to hear the name of Jesus.


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Charlotte Van Werven
Charlotte Van Werven


Staff Writer for Jesus' Economy