Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which dioceses have active maps?

Currently all 99 dioceses in the United States are signed on to the Asset Map project. Visit the Other Maps page to see a full listing of dioceses and networks. We are currently working to expand this project to have full incorporation of The Church by the end of 2017. Invitations have been sent to all international dioceses and US territories.

Please note that edits suggested for these maps will be reviewed before they are published. If a diocese has not yet signed up to the project, a pop-up message will appear. You can still add information to a pin, but it will not go public until it is approved by an administrator. 

2. Why doesn’t my church or organization appear on the map of my diocese?

The Episcopal Asset Map is monitored and cultivated at the diocesan level. In the initial stage of map population, a preset group of pins was uploaded to the site based on the current list of Episcopal institutions found within the geographic limits of each diocese. There are, no doubt, some pins that are missing. Please help us improve the map by suggesting an addition. You will find a link to do this on the bottom of the map homepage. If you have further questions, please contact the Diocesan Map Administrator for your diocese using the form found under the “Contact” tab in the blue bar menu at the top of the page. Back to top ↑

 

3. Why is my diocesan map inactive? How is a map activated? 

Currently there should be no inactive maps of dioceses within the 50 United States, but as we expand to full incorporation of The Church, you will see some inactive maps. A map is inactive until the Bishop has signed on to the project. Participation in the platform is at the discretion of the bishop of each diocese. Participation means more than just signing a form. At a minimum, the bishop is also designating at least one person in the diocese who can review and publish submissions. Each diocese must also decide on an appropriate outreach strategy for its context and capacity. The maps are not built over night, but with the help of many hands, we can build this tool for the Church together.

For more information about how to get your diocese involved, please use the Contact form found in the menu above. If your diocese is not currently participating, please contact the office of your Bishop to encourage them to sign on.  Back to top ↑

 

4. What is a Diocesan Map Administrator and how are they selected?

A Diocesan Map Administrator, or DMA for short, is charged with moderating content edits on individual maps. They serve to safeguard the integrity of the information found on the map and to protect it from unwanted or inappropriate changes. A DMA can approve editing suggestions, view and respond to comments left in the Contact section and help explain and promote the map at the local level. A DMA cannot change the structure or functionality of the website. DMAs have been selected at the local level by the Bishop of each participating diocese as individuals with broad knowledge of the church and its constituencies. A diocese may have up to three DMAs. Back to top ↑

 

5. Are all of the pins on a map officially a part of the diocese?

Not necessarily. In many cases the pins are an official part of the diocese, but not in all. The intent of the map is to show the broad networking capacity of The Episcopal Church. Back to top ↑

 

6. What do I do if the information for my church or organization is wrong or outdated?

From the church or organization’s profile page (i.e., where its full description is found) please click on the “Suggest Edits” link. From here, you can suggest changes to the information. NOTE: be sure to scroll all the way down the survey page, do the math captcha, and click the “Save” button before navigating away from the page. This will send the suggested edits to the Diocesan Map Administrator for approval. Back to top ↑

 

7. How do I remove a pin from the map?

From time to time, closures or other unforeseen conditions may require a pin to be removed. Please contact your Diocesan Map Administrator using the Contact page to request this change. Pins may also be temporarily unpublished as necessary. Back to top ↑

 

8. Why don’t I see an edit I’ve suggested?

All suggested edits must be approved by a Diocesan Map Administrator (DMA). This is meant as a safeguarding mechanism. It may take a little while for the DMA in a diocese to view and approve changes, depending on other work commitments. Please contact the DMA(s) for your diocese with further questions.  Back to top ↑

 

9. The members of my church have many individual skills and are active in volunteer services in the community through other organizations. Can I list those?

The purpose of this map is to search, store and share information about the institutional ministry capacity of The Episcopal Church. The individual pages of each church or organization list only those ministries which that facility hosts or is institutionally partnered with. The map is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all the gifts and activities of individual members of the church. Individuals who are willing to share their gifts in times of emergency are encouraged to register for Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ready to Serve initiative.   Back to top ↑

 

10. What about Province IX and other Episcopal dioceses outside the 50 US states?

In the initial launch phase, the scope of the map was limited to dioceses found within the 50 states of the U.S. Maps have now been built for all dioceses of The Episcopal Church,now that we have solved some technical issues we can roll out the map for full inclusion of all dioceses within The Episcopal Church. Bishops in Episcopal DiocesesPlease check back soon!   Back to top ↑

 

11. Where did the list of Ministry Services come from and can more be added?

The current list of Ministry Services grew out of an organic process during the pilot phase. The categories were narrowed down based on information about existing ministry services collected through a survey. The majority of ministries in that survey fit into one or more of these categories. These types are intended to make searching easier, but they are not meant to exclude ministries that do not fit neatly into one of them. It is possible to list any ministry regardless of type in the "Ministry" section at the bottom of the survey. The "Search Terms" field on the home page searches the full text of each record, allowing visitors to search for things not listed in the Ministry Services menu.

As more surveys are completed, the list may be expanded if information suggests a large category is missing. The ministry types are universal across the entire system to make it easier to find information both within and beyond diocesan boundaries. Back to top ↑

 

13. What is an Episcopal network map?

The Episcopal Asset Map is a database of 7,000+ Episcopal insitutions that is typically organized into smaller regional maps (by diocese) but other national subsets of institutions can be viewed on the map where an appropriate grouping, or network, is suggested. These network maps can be found at the bottom of the Other Maps page. Additional, network maps will be added where appropriate. If you are interested in learning how your network can create a map, please contact us for more information.

In order to tag a pin to appear on a network map, go to the pin's survey page and under the "Episcopal Network Affiliation" field, begin to type the network's name. The full name of the network should appear for you to select. Institutions can be tagged under more than one affiliation (example here). More network affiliations are being added, and as the maps go live, the list will be updated. Back to top ↑

Have a question that isn't answered here? Contact Tamara Plummer <tplummer@episcopalrelief.org>.