People Group Advocacy

Outline of book by Dr. Eugene Davis

I. What adopting a people means.
II. The advocate’s personal involvement.
III. The advocate’s deliberate aims.
IV. The advocate’s required skill set.
V. The advocate’s partnerships.
VI. Steps to entering into advocacy.
VII. Recognizing worthy national workers.
VIII. Theological tenants of advocacy.
IX. Dangers to avoid in advocacy.
X. Spiritual hindrances to effective advocacy.
I. What adopting a people means.
1. Showing commitment to reaching the most needy and least evangelized in view of Christ’s
imminent return.
2. Doing research on all the people and regions of a country.
3. Learning each people s problems, needs and opportunities.
4. Concentrating on groups having a critical mass of believers.
5. Assessing the group s potential for reaching similar groups, through literacy, language, cultural
affinity, and geographical distribution.
6. Finding who are the Spirit-filled workers who are actively doing Christian ministry.
7. Expanding the vision, methods and skills of energetic and cooperative workers.
II. The Advocate’s personal involvement.
1. Is a true visionary with a world perspective, doing one’s utmost to bring the Kingdom to earth.
2. Holds a goal of seeing Christian fellowships established throughout whole nations.
3. Puts one s own and others assets to work reaching out, seeking constantly to widen the
parameters of operation.
4. Has proven entrepreneurial skill, having demonstrated ability to start and maintain businesses or
5. Makes Periodic visits to the field, knowing and following a large number of workers.
6. Hold a view bigger than that of one s organization or denomination without becoming disloyal to
the same.
7. Brainstorms with other advocates, stimulating one another to greater faith and effectiveness,
learning each others strategies and methods.

III. People advocacy’s deliberate aims.
1. To initiate and establish mega-group group movements.
2. To sparking research, hold vision conferences, foster partnerships.
3. To ensure appropriate training of local Christian workers within the people, educate some
workers from literacy through seminary.
4. To work with every ministry and denomination reaching the same people, helping them to
achieve maximal results.
5. To cooperate with DAWN-type national initiatives and national vision conferences.
6. To start or expand businesses, foundations and ministries that can make Christians.
7. Adopts other people groups over time as lessons are learned and networks are formed.

IV. The advocate’s required skill set.
1. International travel: finance, passports, visas, insurance, baggage, health precautions, patience,
2. Research on people groups: history, culture, politics, religion, economics, customs, change, and
is working amongst them, who ought to be working amongst them.
3. Strategy planning: assessment, vision, purpose, goals, organization, plans, calendars, evaluation
and change.
4. Networking and cooperation with visionaries, donors, organizations, ministry specialists,
sympathetic authorities.
5. Recruiting and mobilizing: competent nationals, specialty ministries, donors, expatriate
volunteers – those who are there, who want to be their, who ought to be there.
6. Ensuring feedback through written reports, audits, field visits, open door policy.
7. Partnership formation: assessing advantages and inconveniences, learning strengths and
weaknesses, formulating agreements, receiving and giving reports and recommendations.

V. The Advocate’s partnerships.
1. Overlapping core values to ensure compatible motives.
2. Pre-planning to ensure fulfillment of the people’s felt needs.
3. An authority structure that the partners can respect.
4. Realistic, careful and complete budget.
5. Accountability procedures for control of assets and resources.
6. Regular reporting on progress towards agreed goals and use of resources.
7. Giving sincere credit to others where credit is due.

VI. Steps to entering into advocacy.
1. Spiritual fitness: understanding biblical Christianity, love for God, for saints and for sinners,
obedient to Christ inside the church and in society.
2. Research the group s culture, mores, world view, decision-making patterns.
3. Contact local Christians, finding the Christian workers and helping them to envision greater
4. Think with workers about completion, getting a fellowship within reach of every geographical
and social group of their people in the world.
5. Contact the good workers once or more annually to plan the next step to get a people
movement going among their people.
6. Identify with workers the required ingredients to work their plan (evangelism, new workers,
Bible, radio, literacy, leader training, children s homes).
7. Form networks of national and expatriate ministries that have specialties and resources to
support the work.

VII. Recognizing worthy national workers.
1. A vision for reaching the entirety of the people group.
2. Culturally normal members of the unreached target people.
3. Spirit filled, living in dependence on the Lord.
4. Already committed doers of Christian ministry who will continue with our without our
5. Good public reputation, not immoral or dishonest.
6. Good sense or practical wisdom with accountability for money and assets.
7. Trainable and moldable.

VIII. Theological tenants of advocacy.
1. God wants everyone everywhere to learn the truth about Jesus Christ.
2. The prophets predicted that the knowledge of the glory of the Lord would one day cover the
3. Christ will not return until the Good News has been proclaimed to every people group in the
whole world.
4. God has given us the spiritual, intellectual and material means to accomplish world
5. God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Christ and walk in daily dependence on his
leading and enabling.
6. God has a key to reaching every people.
7. God has given different gifts and resources to individuals, organizations and nationalities,
requiring them to work in unity.

IX. Dangers to avoid in advocacy.
1. Wanting to see one s own organization or denomination appear more successful than others.
2. Trusting and supporting a national institution operated by another people to reach a people from
whom they are culturally and geographically distant.
3. Moving rural workers to urban centers for training or taking any worker to the West for
4. Sending busy workers for training from a ministry where the leaders have not requested it or
released the worker.
5. Creating dependency through salaries, perquisites or use of foreign methods and equipment.
6. Engaging in social uplift activities that are separated from evangelistic efforts, sending well-fed
souls to hell.
7. Assuming that national workers be sufficiently insightful and visionary to know what to do and
how to do it.

X. Spiritual hindrances to effective advocacy.
1. Lingering resentment resulting from failure to forgive from your heart those who have offended
or failed you. Matt. 6:14
2. Chronic fear, anxiety or worry resulting from failure to exercise faith, believing that God is in the
situation with you and will perform works of righteousness. 1 John 4:18
3. Self-centeredness resulting form a desire to see oneself, one’s organization or one’s
denomination succeed more than other or get the credit for any success.
4. Recurring guilt feelings resulting from failure to repent before God or to ask forgiveness of
others for offending or failing them. 1 John 3
5. Hidden sense of shame resulting from failure to forgive ourselves for past failures or from failure
to ask God to remove painful memories of past sins.
6. A legalistic Christianity resulting from failure to exercise a love that seeks to know God and
make him known through sharing, caring, bearing and praying.
7. A stagnate Christianity resulting from failure to obey Christ in the church by teaching, worship
and fellowship, and from disobedience outside the church by evangelizing, doing good works
and promoting more just social structures.

Dr. Eugene Davis, President of Foreign Mission Foundation Tigard, Oregon. People Group Advocacy published, October 1997. To purchase this book, please contact: Gene Davis.