Website Definitions & Lingo

Fulfill UR Ministry has both created its own lingo and adopted much of the lingo from the world of missions, but because we were new to all of this at one point ourselves, we understand it may be difficult to follow along with some of the verbiage and trends discussed. In order to help with this, we have incorporated an interactive Lingo Tool throughout our site that allows you to read terms and definitions as you come across them. Below is a list of all terms on the site that are currently interactive. If you have any suggestions of things to add or edits you feel should be made, feel free to email us at

Fulfill UR Ministry Lingo

Term Definition
Active Viewer (AV) An individual who has created a personal account with Fulfill UR Ministry and has the ability to utilize FURM's interactive options with partner organizations.
Branch Ministry Branch Ministries are organizations that are not their own, separate entity. They either operate as a sub-ministry under an established 501(c)3 or from an official church. You can have as many Branch Ministries as you would like under one Parent Ministry Account and each will be given their own profile, searchable in our database, but connected back to your Parent Ministry.
Church Ministry A ministry that is an extension of a biblically based church, receiving accountability and their exempt status as an extension of the church.
Mission FURM believes there is one mission, the Great Commission, which is commanded to every believer of Christ to take the Gospel to every ethnic group in the world.
Missionary Many people/organizations have their own perspective on a “missionary” and what should/shouldn’t be known as such. Some believe a missionary is only someone who is serving in long term service in a culture different from their upbringing. Though FURM definitely believes this is a valuable and special type of missionary, we more firmly believe that ALL are called to fulfill the Great Commission (found in Matt 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, and Acts 1) and be the hands of feet of the Gospel wherever and whatever their circumstances, constituting all believers as missionaries. So when FURM uses the word missionary, we are referring to all true believers in Christ who are fulfilling the calling to share the Gospel worldwide, whether that's local, national, or international.
Missions FURM believes the one Mission is completed by many missions. This is why you will see us refer to MSO as missions-sending and we will refer to all opportunities as missions opportunities.
Missions-Sending Organization (MSO) A Gospel-centered organization that sends missionaries to a specific field (local, statewide, national or global).
Parent Ministry A ministry that is a registered 501c3 organization that has ministries branching from it.
Partner Organization A ministry organization that has created an account with Fulfill UR Ministry Inc.
Unique Ministry Organization (UMO) A Gospel-centered organization that provides a specific service or set of services for the ultimate purpose of sharing Christ's love.

General Missions Terms

Term Definition
10/40 Window The rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. The 10/40 Window is often called "The Resistant Belt" and includes the majority of the world's Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. An estimated 4.89 billion individuals reside in approximately 8,166 distinct people groups in the 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window is home to some of the largest unreached people groups in the world such as the Shaikh, Yadava, Turks, Moroccan Arabs, Pashtun, Jat and Burmese.
Affinity Block All people groups, who either live in a particular region or have similar cultural roots. Peoples are broadly grouped into 17 blocs with affinities based on language, culture, religion, politics.
Church Planting Movement (CPM) A rapid and multiplicative increase of indigenous churches planting churches within a given people group or population segment.
Long Term Missions This is a relative term, but to most ministries, long term missions is fairly permanent and lasts many years.
Mid-Term Missions This is a relative term; To many ministries it represents different lengths of time, but it is generally longer than six months and up to two years.
People Group A significantly large grouping of individuals who perceive themselves to have a common affinity with one another. For evangelization purposes, it is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance.
Short Term Missions This is a relative term; To many ministries it represents different lenths of time, but the overall commonality is that a short term trip is not intended to be permanent from its inception.
Unengaged Unreached People Group (UUPG) An unengaged unreached people group (UUPG) has no known active church planting underway. According to the IMB Global Research Office: "A people group is engaged when a church planting strategy, consistent with evangelical faith and practice, is under implementation.
Unreached People Group (UPG) An unreached or least-reached people is a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance.

Unique Ministry Categories

Where did we get the term Unique Ministry Organization?

We made it up. We know it's a fairly broad description, but while trying to categorize and describe all the amazing organizations that we have had the pleasure of meeting these past years (besides just those that send missionaries), we began using this broad term, and it seems to work best.

In an attempt to be more specific, we have included an additional break-down of UMO's into various sub-categories:

Term Definition
Accountability Ministries These organizations provide services that offer the public a deeper look at the internal operations of specific ministries.
Adoption/Orphan Hosting Ministries These organizations offer adoption services or opportunities to host orphan children for various time periods.
Advocacy Ministries These organizations help educate the public about different needs around the world and encourage individuals to engage in national and global issues.
Agricultural Ministries These organizations provide an agricultural service, training, or resource that is utilized as a means to share the Gospel.
Anti-Trafficking Ministries These organizations play a role in ending the trade and exploitation of humans and/or helping the victims of trafficking be freed and heal.
Association Ministries These organizations link individuals and organizations with shared interests/characteristics for future collaboration.
Authorial Ministries These organizations have been formed by authors who have created written material and made it available for the use of others.
Blind-Focused Outreach Ministries These organizations have services, resources, or trainings specific to ministering to the blind.
Business As Missions (BAM) Ministries These organizations have services, resources, or trainings specific to ministry in Business as Missions.
Camp Ministries These organizations have locations, facilities, and/or lodgings available and offer organized activities through which groups can fellowship.
Campus Ministries These organizations provide faith services to students at institutions of higher education.
Career Connecting Ministries These organizations offer search engines that help connect you to careers in ministry.
Christian Lifestyle Training Ministries Unlike organizations that require you to leave home, these organizations offer training for people interested in serving as missionaries on a daily basis within their existing circles of influence. It trains with a daily discipleship focus rather than a prepare to leave for field missions focus.
Church Method/Movement Ministries Each of these organizations offers a method or plan for gathering and growing The Body of Christ.
Collegiate Accredited Class Ministries Each of these organizations have internships/classes available that are collegiate accredited.
Community Development Ministries These organizations offer a service specific to strengthening the health of a community by encouraging its members to take an active interest in its own well-being, all as a means of sharing the Gospel and creating opportunities for community transformation.
Community Outreach Ministries These organizations offer community outreach opportunities to a specific local area. They may also be interested in duplicating elsewhere or helping someone else duplicate the ministry in another area.
Counseling Services These organizations have services or trainings available with various forms of counseling or peer meetings.
Deaf-Focused Outreach Ministries These organizations have services, resources, or trainings specific to ministering to the deaf.
Financial Planning Ministries These organizations help you invest your finances either into ministry projects or future planning programs.
Financial Support Ministries These organizations help connect ministries or missionaries with resources that can help with raising funds.
Hospitality Ministries These organizations help connect or personally host their homes or facilities to individuals or groups seeking temporary lodging.
Humanitarian/Disaster Relief Ministries These organizations focus on short-term, immediate response to disasters, whether natural or man-made, desiring to meet the immediate needs of a community.
Inspirational Speakers Ministries These are individuals or groups who have formed an organization to promote their ability and willingness to travel and speak Gospel-centered messages.
Media Ministries These organizations provide various types of media resources to other ministries or individuals.
Military Outreach Ministries These organizations are particularly focused on ministering to military personnel and their families.
Ministry Position Training Ministries These organizations train you for a particular kind of ministry position such as youth, bereavement, or care ministry
Missions Field Training Ministries These organizations offer trainings specifically for those interested in serving in missions cross-culturally or away from their home environment.
Networking Ministries These organizations help get you in contact with other ministries or ministry opportunities.
Original Ministries These organizations have such unique ideas we didn't know how to categorize them.
Performing Arts Ministries These are organizations that incorporate The Gospel Message into an entertaining performance through creative mediums such as choirs, poets, dance teams, flag ministries, musicians, etc.
Performing Arts Training Ministries These are organizations that offer training on how to incorporate the Gospel message into the performing arts.
Personal Individual Ministries These organizations are based off an individual and their efforts.
Prison Ministries These organizations work in prisons or offer unique opportunities to be involved in ministry with imprisoned men and women, their families and/or their prison guards. Example: Prisoners for Christ and Prison Fellowship International
Rehabilitation Ministries These are organizations that specialize in helping individuals accept the power of God and the saving power of The Gospel to help overcome specific dependencies, challenges, or trials.
Relief Funding Ministries These are organizations focused on meeting and/or alleviating a specific need or set of needs and are seeking partners to help further their ministries.
Resource Ministries These organizations offer a specific type of resource to help others further The Gospel such as: curriculum, audio/visual products, training kits, evangelism tools, etc.
Restoration Ministries These organizations offer a welcoming environment as a temporary home to missionaries coming off the field, whether visiting for short periods of time or temporarily relocating to prepare to integrate back into the USA. This is also commonly referred to as Respite Care
Retail For A Purpose Ministries These organizations offer opportunities to make purchases which directly benefit either the individuals who created the products or another individual in need.
Social Justice Ministries These organizations offer opportunities for individuals to play a role in advocating for or taking action towards equality among all people. Example: International Justice Mission and Christians for Biblical Equality International.
Sponsoring Ministries These organizations offer opportunities to sponsor individuals in need for various amounts and lengths of time, so those who are financially blessed can make a positive difference in the well-being of others.
Strengthening Ministries These organizations offer training or programs meant to strengthen the Body by tending to the internal health and practices of churches, organizations, or ministries.
Travel Ministries These travel agencies have a specific interest in helping The Body get to the world.
Visual Arts Ministries These are individuals or groups who have formed an organization to promote their paintings, drawings, worship aids, etc.
Water Outreach Ministries These organizations have a particular focus on providing clean water for different areas around the world.