All nations need to hear the gospel of Jesus, and there are lost and unevangelized people in every nation.


Some places are far less evangelized than others.

In the U.S. for example, International Churches of Christ have about one member per 7,000 people. That’s 10 times more members relative to population as compared to the rest of the world. 

Worldwide, our family of churches has about one member per 70,000 people.

At the other end of the scale, there is a large country in Southeast Asia where the ratio is one member of the ICOC for every 500,000 people. Compared to the rest of the world, that’s seven times less evangelized.* Compared to the U.S., this country is 70 times less evangelized.

For the One Year Challenge, we focus on countries where the member-to-population ratio is at least five times less evangelized than the world ratio. Many of the world’s largest countries, as well as almost all the most “closed” countries, meet this criteria.

*We’re using “evangelized” here imprecisely, of course, in the narrow context of evangelism by the International Churches of Christ. We’re thankful for all Christians in every country who are proclaiming Jesus. For a wider perspective on world evangelism, see the Joshua Project.