Viewing people's locations on a map
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Maps for those in the Address Book and Children module
The most obvious example of location maps is in the Address Book and Children modules, when viewing a person's Profile page. Where a valid address is recorded for the contact or child, clicking the Map button next to their address opens your device's default maps application and plots the person's address. On Smartphone devices this can be really helpful for navigation when out on pastoral journeys.
View Address Book contacts on a map
Using the Location report in the Address Book module's Reports section you can view all your Address Book contacts on a single map. This may be helpful to visualise people groupings by location or when making decisions; perhaps about relocating the office or the Sunday meeting venue.
The report can be optionally filtered by Tags, perhaps to just display those in a Smart Tag representing your congregation or crowd, or those in your "Members" tag. Using the Radius around church tool you can optionally plot a circle around each of your sites and then visualise those contacts who live within (or beyond) a certain distance from the church. Click Generate when making changes to the report filters to refresh the map.
Use the map tools to zoom in and out. Depending on the map zoom, multiple contacts in close proximity are displayed in clusters. Clicking on a cluster will zoom in to show the contacts within that cluster.
Clicking on a map pin will display a pop-up of the people who live there. In a browser you can CMD+click on a contact's name to open their Address Book profile page to view in a new browser tab and not lose your place in the Location report.
For customers using ChurchSuite's Student functionality - and having enabled Student Details fields in the Address Book module's settings - there is a Student Location report in the Address Book module's Reports section that works in exactly the same way.
The Location report and Student Location report will display all Address Book contacts/students for the currently selected site. By switching from a specific site to All Sites, you will be able to view all of your sites and the respective contacts displayed in a different colour for each site.
View small groups on a map
The Location report in the Small Groups module's Reports section works just like the Address Book 'Location' report. The report plots the location of each small group and each of your sites. Using the Radius tools the report's results can be helpful with planning and making decisions about where new future groups might be needed, perhaps identifying geographic gaps in your area.
Note that the report displays active groups only. The report can be filtered by Group Tags, perhaps just showing your discipleship groups, or your newcomer groups; or you can plot groups that Meet on particular days of the week. Click Generate to apply changes to report filters and refresh the map.
The Location report will display all active small groups for the currently selected site. By switching from a specific site to All Sites you will be able to view all of your sites and the respective groups displayed in a different colour for each site.
View a map of those not in a small group
Some of the best pastoral care and discipleship happens when we can identify those who are not engaging in certain areas of your church or organisation's life. If small groups are a key ingredient in your 'discipleship pathways' then the Not in a Group map report may be really useful to help visualise where those not in small groups live.
The report's filters give you lots of functionality to drill down into your data, perhaps to see just those in certain contact Tags or just the groups in certain Group Tags. You can filter groups by the group status to see just your Active groups, or perhaps your Future groups that haven't yet started meeting. The Map Options are especially helpful - plot a radius around each group and then identify people in close proximity to the group that you can signpost to - the Suggest Groups options makes that pastoral workflow really easy! A related support article below explains this feature in greater detail.