Missions Data

Since the early 1950’s data has been collected on North American mission organizations.  In the early years it was a simple directory of agencies and over the decades the publication grew to a handbook with over 600 pages.  The publication has gone through many changes over the decades as it has been published every 3-5 years.  Missio Nexus published the last print copy in 2016 as the 22nd Edition of the North American Mission Handbook.  The book recorded data on over 900 mission organization across the United States and Canada.

Overview and Explanation of Data (click here)

Since the early 1950’s data has been collected on North American mission organizations.  In the early years it was a simple directory of agencies and over the decades the publication grew to a handbook with over 600 pages.  The publication has gone through many changes over the decades as it has been published every 3-5 years.  Missio Nexus published the last print copy in 2016 as the 22nd Edition of the North American Mission Handbook.  The book recorded data on over 900 mission organization across the United States and Canada.

As we started planning for the next rendition of this publication it became clear that it was time to make a sizable shift in how the material was put together.  For the 2021 release of data we have decided to move to an all digital publication.  As times have changed so has the desire for a print book that was expensive to produce and to purchase.  The digital age is here and it is time for this resource to reflect that.

The other sizable factor that affected this publication was the difficulty in getting updated information on the scale of other publications.  After trying multiple methods we were able to secure data on 367 mission organization from the United States and Canada.  In light of this, we will not be seeking to demonstrate trend information in contrast with past years.  In addition, greater concern for security has affected the numbers given to identify where people are serving globally.  Because of this, we have moved to regional numbers rather than country specific data.

Lastly, as we started the process of data collection we had no idea that 2020 would be affected by a global pandemic.  Numbers, especially short-term mission numbers were affected by the reality of what we have had to deal with globally.  The encouraging news is that for the organizations that participated mission numbers appear to be strong and reported attrition does not seem to be outside of past trends. We have heard antidotal information of many organizations in fact having strong years of recruitment and in fundraising.  We remain confident that God is not done with missions from North America and we are hopeful that the next update will see increased participation in the work of the Great Commission.