THEME: GIS and the Missio Dei
While GIS has long been applied by missionary agencies particularly in mapping unreached people groups, many other churches, denominational groups and faith-based organizations have begun to use mapping in various aspects of their work. How do we help bring FOSSGIS tools into a closer connection with the mission of God as expressed by the activities of these various organizations? What are the implications of GIS for recognizing where God is at work and mobilizing Christian believers to join in that mission? How do we help provide spatial analysis for those providing missional and ministry leadership? What lessons have we learned in applying GIS to missional ministry which need to be shared: both best practices and pitfalls?
Through papers, poster presentations and panel discussions, we look forward to lively interaction exploring spatial dimensions of various aspects of ministry and mission at the 2018 online annual meeting of the Evangelical GIS Society. We also encourage papers and poster presentations on related topics that would encourage ministries to engage GIS in their work.
1. To propose a paper, send a topic and a 200-300 word abstract to one of the co-chairs for the 2018 annual meeting. Accepted papers should be 4500-7500 words in length. Selected papers will featured at the annual meeting and published in MissioCarto, the International Journal of the Evangelical GIS Society for 2018.
2. To propose a poster presentation, send a topic and a 200-300 word abstract to one of the co-chairs for the 2018 annual meeting. Accepted poster presentations will be featured at the annual meeting and published online at egisweb.org.
3. To propose a panel discussion, send a topic, a 200-300 word abstract of the topic, and a list of proposed participants with a brief biographic sketch of each to one of the co-chairs for the 2018 annual meeting. Accepted panel discussions will be featured at the annual meeting and an edited version published in MissioCarto, the International Journal of the Evangelical GIS Society for 2018.
4. Presentations may be recorded and posted on the EGIS website with permission of the participants.