Analyze Your Community (By Curt Watke)

ANALYZE YOUR COMMUNITY

The Intercultural Institute for Contextual Ministry, Curt Watke, director, has a resource that can help you identify all of the varieties of people in your zip code.  Here is how you can access this statistical information:

 Go to www.iicm.net

  • Click on “corps” in the IICM Missional Suite listing at the top of the home page.  (Note: If you click on “zip code,” it will take you to a ‘for pay’ service which is much more in-depth, so click on “corps” for the free service.)
  • Click on “register” to sign up for this free service. 
  • Fill out the registration information and click “register.”  You will be notified by e-mail within 24 hours that you have been accepted as a registered user of this free service.
  • Once accepted, sign in with your user name and password.  Your Missional Corps personal dashboard will appear.
  • Click on “Communityscape” tab and choose a category:

–         Socioscape = Social lifestyle stats for your zipcode

–         Ethnoscape = Ethnic & language stats

–         Demoscape = Age, Economic, & Family stats

–         Futurescape = Projected Topography upcoming

UNDER EACH OF THESE CATEGORIES YOU WILL FIND A WEALTH OF STATISTICAL INFORMATION TO HELP YOU DISCERN THE CULTURAL CONTEXT OF YOUR COMMUNITY. 

This understanding is imperative if we are to think and act as missionaries to our community!

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~ by Rick McCollum on October 17, 2011.

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