Unchurchedness: An area which contains a permanent
Christian presence of 20% or less.
Receptivity: The openness of an area or people to
change, specifically change towards acceptance of the Christian gospel,
either demonstrated through reports or reviews or diagnosed through
of Influence: The sphere over which a city has the
ability to affect change directly (through the presence of governmental
or organizational headquarters) or indirectly (through education, trade
and politics). The city functions as a communication center for the
interaction of information; the ability of which is greatly enhanced by
the greater number of transients.
Total Population: The number of people resident in an
Population Density: The proportion of people living in
an area as compared with the size of the area, stated in population/sq.
Stemming the Muslim Tide: Muslim evangelism is steadily
making inroads (south of the Sahara and along the East African coast),
gaining more converts from African Traditional Religion. Planting
churches along this non-homogeneous front will help to impede the
approach of Islam.
Denominational Protectionism: The aggressiveness
displayed by previously existing religious groups (especially older
mainline Protestant churches) and their missionary societies against
newer missionaries (especially in upholding old territorial comity
Homogeneity: An area composed of peoples with cultural
and linguistic similarity. Dayton & Fraser define peoples: "A
human population with a common language, shared ethnicity, and
significant pattern of social interaction," (Planning Strategies for
World Evangelization, 1990, p. 102). people groups: "a significantly
large sociological grouping of individuals who perceive themselves to
have a common affinity for one another. From the viewpoint of
evangelization this is the largest group within which the gospel can
spread without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance,"
(Dayton & Fraser, p. 102).
Mobility: The degree of permanence the people of an area
displays with regards to their place of living.
Availability of Scriptures: The Bible, the New
Testament, or portions thereof are available in the vernacular, trade
or national language. People are able to access copies through
purchasing, libraries, and churches.
Expectations of Government: The role in which the
central government expects expatriate missionaries to function in
outlays of money and personnel regarding social and cultural programs.