A Systematic Approach
We have outlined a suggested territory for each church across the United States. This approach ensures every church can effortlessly and systematically execute outreach initiatives without the risk of overlapping with neighboring territories.
Our tailored system provides each church with print-ready maps, designed to streamline territory management. These maps not only simplify the planning process but also serve as a valuable tool for tracking completed areas. With this organized system, churches can improve their outreach and create a stronger and more effective community engagement plan.
A Detailed Look Inside Each Map
1. Your Church’s Name
Each map features the name of your church, making it easy for you to identify it. Additionally, if other churches, groups, or schools assist you in outreach, they will be able to recognize the church name on the maps.
2. Distance from the Church
Each map features the distance away from the church, allowing you to easily prioritize your territory based on proximity. Furthermore, when church members are at doors, they can provide interested individuals with precise information on church location.
3. Amount of Homes & Population
Each map features the population and the number of homes, simplifying the organization of logistics. This makes it easy for you to plan details such as determining the number of people needed to reach a specific territory, the estimated duration of outreach, and the quantity of books required.
4. Suggested Starting Address
Each map includes a suggested starting address, which, while not mandatory, serves as a helpful guide for church members to identify a starting point for their outreach efforts. The provided address is particularly useful as it allows church members to enter it into their GPS, facilitating easy location of the designated territory.
Visualize Your Territory
Every church in the United States has a free Google Earth file that comes with their outreach maps. This tool streamlines the outreach process and empowers you to approach your territory strategically. It provides you with the confidence of knowing exactly where you’re sending church members.
To access this valuable tool, find your church folder of maps, click on the “Google Earth” folder, and download the file. If you need more information, please refer to the FAQ section below.
How do I access the maps for my church?
To access the maps, please follow these steps:
- Click the provided link.
- Click the folder of your Union.
- Click the Conference of your Union.
- Navigate to your church folder.
- Select “Large Maps.”
What if there's no maps for my church?
If your church is not listed, don’t worry! Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your church name, conference, and your contact information. We understand the importance of getting outreach maps to every participating church, and we will go above and beyond to accommodate your needs. Rest assured, we will do our absolute best to ensure that you receive the necessary resources for your church’s outreach.
How do I access and use the Google Earth file?
To open the Google Earth file, follow these instructions:
1. Click the link for the maps.
2. Access your church folder.
3. Click on “google earth.”
4. Download the file.
5. Visit https://earth.google.com
6. Click “Projects” on the left-hand menu bar.
7. Choose “Create New Project.”
8. Click “Import KML from computer.”
9. Upload the file.
10. View your maps.
Why do the maps in rural areas look different?
We are consistently exploring ways to enhance the appearance and functionality of our maps. Nevertheless, addressing rural areas poses a unique challenge due to the sparse distribution of houses across expansive territories. Occasionally, the software generates maps that may not be optimally functional in such settings. We appreciate your patience as we strive to make improvements.
In the meantime, if you have specific requests or concerns regarding your maps, please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com. We are more than willing to accommodate special requests and work with you to meet your timeframe. Your understanding and cooperation are invaluable as we endeavor to enhance our mapping capabilities. Please keep this in your prayers.
What does the big red line surrounding the map indicate?
To ensure a systematic approach to the territory without any overlapping efforts, we have implemented a red line to delineate the assigned area. The map has been structured so that church members will focus exclusively on the satellite view portion, encompassed within the confines of the red line. This division is intended to streamline efforts and prevent duplication, allowing for a more efficient and organized outreach within the designated territory.
How do we keep track of our maps and territory?
Using the tools we have provided, you can use a systematic approach to reach your church’s territory. However, keeping track of your progress requires some organization. Here are some tips:
1. Purchase a 3-ring binder.
2. Create three sections: “Incomplete,” “Not Started,” and “Complete.”
1. Print the maps as needed for each outreach.
2. Assign maps to church members and have them use the map until the territory is completed. Once completed, ensure there is someone in the church designated to collect the maps.
3. Instruct church members to mark on the maps the homes they have covered every time they go out. This way, if maps are turned in early, you know exactly where they left off, facilitating instructions for the next group.
4. File any incomplete or complete maps in your designated folders.
5. When groups finish their assigned maps, provide them with new ones for continued outreach.
What should I do when a map is completed?
To facilitate effective tracking of completed territories across the NAD, both for your convenience and ours at Streams of Light, a simple process can be followed.
After successfully completing a map:
- Physically file the completed map in the designated “Completed” section within your files.
- Navigate to your digital folder of maps and relocate the completed map to the “Completed Maps” folder situated within the “Large Maps” directory.
By adhering to this straightforward procedure, we can collectively maintain a clear and organized record of completed territories, ensuring efficient coordination and monitoring of progress throughout the North American Division.