What is Missional GIS?
The Evangelical GIS Society is focused on "Missional GIS" which can be described as Geographic Information Systems that are used in the furtherance of Christian believers joining with God on mission. It is GIS used to identify, illustrate and visualize both where Christians may join God already at work and how evangelical believers, churches, mission agencies and faith-based organizations are doing in pursing the mission to which God has called them.
But what exactly is GIS and how does it relate to geography, geoscience and computer technology? GIS has been defined as the system that captures, stores, manipulates, analyzes, manages, and presents all types of spatial or geographical data (Wikipedia). ESRI, a leading provider of proprietary for-profit GIS software, describes the purpose of GIS as the interpretation of data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends.
GIS adds the "Where" to our analysis and understanding of the peoples, places, participants, causes and interfaith issues that are faced as missional leaders design, develop and deploy strategies and projects.
How is Missional GIS Applied?
GIS is applied in many different arenas of ministry and mission. Check out the EGIS Sections for a list of groups in which you can participate.