Unreached People Groups

Joshua Project is a research initiative seeking to highlight the ethnic people groups of the world with the fewest followers of Christ. Accurate, updated ethnic people group information is critical for understanding and completing the Great Commission. Revelation 5:9 and 7:9-10 show that there will be some from every tribe, tongue, nation and people before the Throne.

Joshua Project seeks to answer the questions that result from the Great Commission's call to make disciples among every nation or people group:

  • Who are the ethnic people groups of the world?
  • Which people groups still need initial church-planting in their midst?
  • What ministry resources are available to reach least-reached?

Joshua Project helps define the unfinished task of the Great Commission by highlighting unreached people groups.

Strategic - We help mission strategists who ask, "Where is the greatest need?" Our desire is to help focus the Church on the most spiritually needy ethnic people groups.

Effective - We seek to maximize the effectiveness of Kingdom resources by helping identify and reduce duplication of effort between ministries through data sharing.

Comprehensive - Our emphasis is on comprehensiveness, to see that the Church is initially established in all the world's ethnic peoples. Our method has been "when in doubt include a people group on the list" to ensure that no groups are overlooked.

Neutral - We are a neutral, low-profile ministry, serving the global missions community.

Grassroots - We encourage grassroots initiatives and seek input from those actually doing onsite work. Priority is given to updates made by local and national researchers.

Openhanded - We provide all data and services at no charge and we desire individuals and agencies in all parts of the world to have access to unreached peoples data.