Our Vision & Mission

To serve the body of Christ by bringing vision and focus so its resources are strategically directed towards the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

To become a trusted source of information influencing ministry activities and financial investments toward the least reached people of the world helping to fulfill the missional aspect of the Great Commission.

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History of the Issachar Initiative

In God’s providence, a group of ministry leaders were part of the Strategy Sessions at the Billy Graham Conference on Evangelism in Amsterdam in the fall of 2000. As they strategized about how to reach Unreached People Groups, they asked one another what they could do to help finish reaching all the remaining Unreached People Groups (UPG’s).

In the course of their conversations, they realized that they could achieve some goals more effectively by working together more closely. They agreed to begin working to that end immediately. This group has become known as “Table 71,” after the table number where the partners held their original discussions.

The organizations that have agreed to work together as “Table 71” are totally and deeply committed to evangelism and world missions. As Paul proclaimed, “We are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ because it is the power of God unto salvation.” (Romans 1) The goal is to establish a strong and viable church within each of the Unreached People Groups (UPGs), so that the number of UPGs is reduced to ZERO.

Biblical Elements of the Great Commission   |   Our Statement of Faith


Objectives of the Issachar Initiative


To serve the body of Christ by bringing clarity and focus to the unmet needs of the Great Commission.


Providing a trusted source of relevant ministry data that will better inform giving and ministry strategies related to the Great Commission.


To influence denominations and mission organizations to focus and align their strategies toward the least-reached.


To educate and challenge individuals, Christian entrepreneurs, foundations and resource providers to use their influence, expertise and giving to Extend the reach of the Church toward currently very strategic elements of the Great Commission.

With all the resources of the GLobal Church,
why is the task unfinished?

Current Global Church

  • 2.3 Billion Christians
  • 5 Million Churches
  • 43,000 Denominations
  • 12 Million Workers


99.7% of missional activities and financial support are directed toward where the church ALREADY IS.

Only 0.3% of resources are allocated to where the church is NOT.


How We Help

The Issachar Initiative helps bring focus toward the areas of the world where the church is NOT. We call this EXTENDING the Kingdom.

References for Key Statistics

Understanding the Biblical Elements of the Great Commission

1. Scriptures

Translation, Distribution, & Use. The "Oral" Bible.

Matthew 4:4

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2. Unreached People Groups

Revelation 5:9

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3. Evangelism

Focus: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Secularists

Matthew 24:14

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4. Orality

Reaching Illiterate & Oral Learners

Matthew 13:34

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5. Church Planting & Presence

Acts 2:42-47

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Additional Elements

6. Prayer & Unity
(Luke 10:2, John 17:20-23)
7. Compassion Ministries - for the needy
(James 2:14-24)
8. Confession, Repentance, & Holy Spirit
(1 John 1:8-10, Ephesians 5:18)
9. Mobilizing the Body of Chris - People & Finances
(Isaish 6:8, Luke 6:38)
10. Research, Mapping, & Reporting
(Numb 13:17-20, Matt. 5:14-16)