Adopt a UP3G

An opportunity for churches to adopt one of forty

Be part of this pioneering work.

This vision of 40 by 2024 is huge. 40 people groups without disciple-makers in their midst, many without the Bible in their language, some in incredibly remote areas and others in places that are hostile to the Gospel. Yet we need to go. This is our calling, so what else can we do?

We can call out to our partners in the other boat for help.

Luke 5 vs 6-7 Fishing nets

We already know that the catch is going to be too big for a single field partner, a single mission agency or a single church. So, what if we do it together? From the very beginning: from discernment to calling to seed planting to harvest to multiplication? The task is still formidable but Ecclesiastes 4:12 says,

“Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

We are looking for churches that will adopt one of these people groups and become a part of the team that is pioneering that work.

  • field partners going to live with the people group
  • the church that has adopted the people group
  • Global Teams

All of us working and praying together, a cord of three strands, to reach that people group.

This is a five-year commitment for churches. What does adopting a UP3G involve?

Depending on who and where the group is, the adoption could include some of the following components:

  • RESEARCH:  The people group, area, religious culture, government, history, if there are any other ministries working there, feasible platforms for engagement, lifestyle, closest people group where there are already established believers, visa access, etc. 

  • PRAYER: Pray as individuals, as groups, as a church and with field partners going to serve there. 

  • SENDING: Raise up disciples who are willing to discern a call to go by teaching and sharing about missions on a regular basis. Share information about unreached people groups with your church.  Actively engage in looking for field partners in your church, your area and in your networks of relationships. 

  • ENGAGING: Communicate on a regular basis with field partners going to this people group.  Share their updates and videos on a regular basis. Share what is going on at the church with the field partners so they are able to pray for the church and its ministry.  Share what the Lord has been showing you with your field partners. Ask your field partners to share with you what the Lord has been showing them as they have prayed for you.  Problem solve with your field partners as they encounter difficult situations and barriers.  Do the same Discovery Bible Study that your adopted people group is doing. 

  • GOING:  Send a small group to visit the area, to learn, to discern and to prayer walk.  Once field partners are there, send a small group to build relationships with them and encourage them.  Be a part of vocational/technical training that might be helpful in this people group as a movement develops. Send individuals or a small group to provide coaching/insight for projects/initiatives.  Take a group to be part of Discovery Bible Studies, maybe with developing leadership, when it is appropriate and safe to do so. Send a short-term team, if it is beneficial and requested by the field partners, for specific projects/needs/events. 

  • GIVING: As a church, make this people group a regular part of your budget.  Provide ways for individuals to give additional support to this people group.  Have a focused time of giving every year for your church that includes ways for children and youth to give to this people group.  Give time during your service, space in your newsletters, places on your website updates on your people group. 

Action Steps:

Pray over the groups on this page: 40x24
Talk with your church leadership and see if God is calling your church to adopt one of forty people groups
Email Sheryl Curbow Shaw

The Importance of Partnership

In Global Teams, we study the book of Philippians to see what partnership looks like. As Paul writes from the frontlines, he is overwhelmed with thankfulness for this church, for these unnamed men and women, who are serving such a vital role. Even though they were far away, they were “with” Paul as he went to people groups and places that had not yet heard the hope of Jesus. When he encountered hardships, disappointments and even violence, this church brought him strength, encouragement and empowerment so that he was able to keep going.

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 4:1-5).

“For the local church in the states, focusing on one people group keeps them concerned when the glitz wears off.” The life of a field partner is not glamorous. It is not this never-ending adventure ride. The pioneering work of going into a new people group is anything but quick work. Learning language and culture while finding open doors and bridges for the Gospel is not quick or easy. Spiritual warfare is no joke. There will be times that they question if they should even be there? Are they the right ones? Are they doing something wrong? Was it worth uprooting their family? As your church partners with them to reach this “one of forty”, they will walk through these seasons with them and be a part of the ups and downs of reaching this people group.