New Tool for Evangelism, Outreach and Disaster Mitigation
Since 2013, the Diocesan Disaster Committee (DDC), Episcopal Community Services (ECS) and deacons from across The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California have been collaborating with Episcopal Relief & Development and The Episcopal Church Justice and Advocacy Ministries to create the Episcopal Asset Map. The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California was one of the original five dioceses participating in the pilot program. This program will eventually include the entire Episcopal Church. Today, over 80 diocese are participating in the Asset Map program.
Using the Map
The Episcopal Asset Map features a searchable, map-based database of programs, ministries, church facilities and other resources of Episcopal organizations throughout The Episcopal Church. If you are contemplating a new outreach project in your own congregation, the Asset Map can be used to locate other local churches that may be engaged in similar ministries, and where partnerships, advice or guidance can be found. In a disaster, the Asset Map can be utilized to locate churches and facilities in your area that may have emergency power, cooking facilities, food banks, sleeping accommodations or Red Cross relief stations. There is a national Episcopal Asset Map and each diocese within The Episcopal Church has an individual Asset Map, and each congregation within each diocese has its own map.
Your Congregation's Asset Map
Begin establishing your congregation's place and presence on the Asset Map today! Start by simply visiting the Diocesan Asset Map, locating your congregation's "pin" on the map, click on it and look to see what information is there. Your congregation may already have an Asset Map coordinator, appointed by your church leaders, who has been busily entering information into the Asset Map. Ask your congregational leaders who your Asset Map coordinator is. If your congregation's Asset Map is empty, take the survey and begin the process! Maybe you will want become the Asset Map coordinator for your congregation?
Beginning - The Survey
Any new Asset Map starts by taking a survey. Click the "Take the Survey" button to start the step by step process of entering information about your congregation that identifies and highlights the ministries, services and facilities your congregation currently provides, and also has available in times of need. Photos and videos can be included in your Asset Map as well, and can increase the visibility of your ministries.
The Asset Map and Community Resilience
The true nature of the Asset Map is to increase the connection between congregations, their communities and the assets that exist within them. Everyone has assets and valuable tools. The map becomes a resource that can help congregations and communities realize what their assets are. Then those assets can be used everyday for outreach, community service and evangelism. And everyday, the map is a valuable resource that your congregation can be developing to safe guard itself and your community in emergency situations or disasters. Preparation, outreach, fostering community and training all create resilience against adversity. Start creating resilience in your congregation's community today!
For more information and support for developing your congregation's Asset Map, please contact Diocesan Disaster Coordinator Margaret Dunning via email at email@example.com or via phone at 707-592-6002.
Asset Map Link: ednca.episcopalassetmap.org