The Peoples Next Door: casting a vision

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We’ve spent this past month in the Missionary’s Toolbox reviewing materials helpful for local churches interested in reaching the growing number of internationals in North America. Today’s post compiles much of that material into one, helpful presentation.

Hopefully, this presentation communicates the principles of planting amongst ethno-linguistic people groups in the United States. It covers the current international climate of our urban centers, the benefits of a strategy that reaches people groups here in North America, and the necessary steps of engagement. By no means is it comprehensive, but it begins the conversation for churches to catch the vision and take the next step.

If you are a church leader wanting to lead your congregation into the faithful engagement of the nations in your backyard, then this tool is for you.

Did we miss something? Share with us what other topics we need to address concerning the engagement of people groups in North America.

This presentation, along with the material in the last four posts are fruits of the Peoples Next Door research through the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern. This is an ongoing research endeavor to map out the people group populations of North America’s major urban centers and create local church driven engagement strategies that will lead to church plants. For more information on the Peoples Next Door project or mapping and engaging people groups, please contact me at The above content and presentation is copyrighted (Copyright © 2013 by C. Keelan Cook) and is used with permission. Permission is given to freely use this material in it’s original form for the purpose of training and equipping in local churches.

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Keelan Cook Administrator
Senior Church Consultant
Keelan leads the Peoples Next Door project and is a Senior Church Consultant with the Union Baptist Association in Houston, TX. He is working on a PhD in Missiology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In previous years, he spent time as a church planter in West Africa with the IMB and doing ethno-graphic research in Washington, DC with NAMB.
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