Webinar: Is the UPG Paradigm the Only Way to Think About Missions?


Since its popularization surrounding the 1974 Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, unreached people groups (UPG) have been the predominant framework for missiological thought and practice. However, by the early 2000’s missiologist Ralph Winter—often credited for introducing the paradigm—was himself reassessing its effectiveness. In a rapidly changing world, is prioritizing our efforts solely on the basis of people groups the only form of faithful missions engagement? In this webinar Nathan and Bradley will celebrate the virtue of UPG missiology, wrestle with its potential limitations, and propose a nuanced posture that seeks to hold in tension the priority of unreached peoples and the realities of a globalized world.


Nathan Sloan: Executive Director of Upstream Sending

Bradley Bell: Executive Director of Upstream Equipping & Publishing

Presenters’ Bios:

Nathan Sloan is the Executive Director of Upstream Sending, a missions-sending organization focused on empowering the local church to send well. Nathan is also a pastor at Sojourn Church Midtown in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the author of “You Are Sent: Finding Your Place in God’s Global Mission,” “Multisite Missions Leadership,” and co-author of “Lent and Missions: A 40-Day Devotional”. Nathan has a doctorate of missiology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Sarah, and they have two children, Asia and Jeremy.

Bradley Bell is the Executive Director of Upstream Equipping and Publishing. He has over twenty years of experience as a missionary, missions pastor, lead pastor, and missiologist. He is also the author of multiple Upstream books, including “The Sending Church Defined” and “Lent and Missions: A 40-Day Devotional”. Bradley writes for numerous publications, which are compiled at brokenmissiology.org. He is married to Katie, and they have four daughters, all named after missionaries: Elisabeth, Charlotte, Anneliese, and Madeleine. They live in Louisville, Kentucky

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