God's message to go and make disciples of all nations is clear.
But 99.9% of Christians are not obeying.


There’s a great divide between what we as Christians are called to do and what we actually do. It’s called the Mission Gap, and it presents church and ministry leaders with a powerful opportunity.

As leaders, to create meaningful change and close the Mission Gap, we must understand Christians better.

We need to get an inside look at what they know about the Great Commission. We have to find out if they understand the purpose for their redemption. We ought to develop a sensitivity to what’s stopping them from serving God with their whole lives, and we’ve got to create a strategy for how we can inspire them to boldly push through their fears.

The main barriers that keep Jesus followers from engaging the great commission can be represented by three words:


Do Christians around the world understand the Great Commission?
The majority of Jesus followers around the world appear unaware that they have a responsibility to share Jesus. Many believe it is only the role of “missionaries,” ministry workers or full time clergy.


What stops Christians from following the Great Commission?
Across countries and continents, a common barrier to missional activity and service among focus group participants was fear—fear of sacrifice, fear of failure and fear of safety.


What messages inspire Christians for the Great Commission?
Research participants were clear: they are interested in causes that address problems they care about, via methods that inspire them.

About the Research

The Mission Gap research began as a global initiative designed to gain a better understanding of how to effectively communicate the Great Commission with Jesus followers.

It became so much more.

The research rapidly evolved into an opportunity to get to the root of why Christians aren’t getting involved in global ministry.

The Mission Gap report effectively summarizes our research across 21 focus groups in seven countries and five languages. For more information and to request your own copy of the full report, please visit


Looking for More?

Learn more about the Mission Gap Project and resources from OM's New Zealand Director, Joel Kumar.



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