View your address book contacts' locations on a map
Location maps are used extensively throughout ChurchSuite to pinpoint a contact's address on a map.
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Maps for your Address Book contacts
The most obvious example is in the Address Book module. Opening any contact's profile page shows their contact information, and where an address is recorded, a helpful map is display too. On Smartphone devices, this can be really helpful for navigation when out on pastoral journeys.
View all your Address Book contacts on a map
Using the "Address Book" > "Reports" > "Location" report, you can view all your Address Book contacts on a single map. This may be helpful to see your people groups or when making decisions about relocating the church office or Sunday meeting venue.
Importantly, the Location report can also be filtered by Tag, perhaps to just display those in a Smart Tag representing your congregation or crowd. Using the "Radius" tool you can optionally plot a circle around your church and then visually see those contacts in or beyond a certain distance from your church. Click "Generate" when making any changes to your filter parameters to refresh the map. Depending on the map zoom, multiple contacts in close proximity are displayed in clusters. Clicking a cluster will zoom to show the contacts within that cluster.
For churches using ChurchSuite's "Student" functionality, there's also a Student Location map report in the Address Book module > Reports.
The Location report will display all Address Book contacts for the currently selected site. By switching from a specific site to "all sites", you will be able to view all your sites plotted in the Location report, with each site and it's respective contacts displayed in a different colour.
View your small group meeting locations on a map
Using the "Small Groups" > "Reports" > "Locations" report, you can plot each of your active small groups on a map.
This may be useful to help with planning and making decisions about where you have seeming gaps in your town or city where new small group could be deployed in the future.
Again, this report can be filtered by small group "Tag", perhaps just showing your discipleship groups, or your newcomer groups; or you can plot groups that meet on particular days of the week.
View a map showing those not in a small group
Some of the best pastoral care and discipleship is when we can identify those who are not participating in certain areas in the life of the church. The "Small Groups" > "Reports" > "Not in a Group" report is great for getting a visual representation of where people are that are not yet in small groups.
By using the radius plotter in conjunction with your contact Tags and small group Tags, you can plot incredibly useful maps that may inform your decisions about which groups to link people into based on proximity to a group. For example, you might plot your newcomer Tag contacts and newcomer Tag small groups to see which groups are nearest for people, and then direct them accordingly. This report may also identify groupings of people where new groups may be needed in the future.