Over the past twenty years, many mission agencies and their missionaries pushed to reach the world’s “unreached.” This emphasis in countries that are considered “reached” led missionaries to seek out pockets of unreached and lesser-reached people groups. This push resulted in new Christians and fledgling churches in these pockets. The leadership vacuum that exists now in these groups is a logical one. The primary reason that these people were unreached is that they were marginalized from the dominant cultures; their mother tongue and culture were not the same. They were usually the poor and disenfranchised who had not been able to assimilate into the dominant culture and, therefore, were left uneducated, nonliterate, and part of the working class.
As one would expect, the Holy Spirit is calling out leaders in these new churches (Eph. 4:11, 12). The problem is that these pastors may have been called by the Spirit to do the work of a pastor, but they lack the means to be trained for such work. As the heresies of history demonstrate, having a Bible and the Holy Spirit are not sufficient to ensure doctrinally sound leaders.
Only 20 percent of the existing EPHQ churches have pastors. The overwhelming nature of this need is heightened even more when one considers the number of churches that need to be planted, in addition to the ones that cannot be pastored now.
This is just an isolated example of what has happened in a particular region with a particular people group. Reaching the unreached sounds ambitious and romantic enough but the reality is there is far more to the great commission and discipleship than simply "reaching" a people group. You can probably observe this is in your own neighborhood or church. The work of teaching and discipleship etc. is far from over just because a handful of people are Christians.