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Spring 2004

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Mapping YWAM's Project 4K

Global Ministry Mapping System (GMMS), designed by Global Mapping International (GMI), sounds exciting. But how would someone use it? What would be the benefits? The global leadership team of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) recently discovered the potential benefits and impact of this important tool for international ministry in a new venture they call Project 4K.

What is Project 4K?

4K is built upon two basic concepts. The first is to look at geography in a new way, by breaking the world up into zones of similar population size. 4K does this, not by creating new borders, but by using geo-political divisions of the world that already exist: countries, states, and districts. One 4K zone is the country of Jamaica. Another is the district of Yavatmal in the state of Maharashtra, India. Both are similar in population size.

The second concept is to emphasize “unreachedness” when choosing divisions of the world. YWAM Chairman Jim Stier explains: “In the most-reached world, these zones include a population of up to nine million. In the moderately-reached world, they will have up to six million and in the unreached world they will contain up to three million people.” This creates proportionally more zones in the least-reached parts of the world. Using these two concepts, the 4K team has come up with a total of over 4000 (4K) zones, called “Omega Zones.”

Youth with mission recently adopted Project 4k as the avenue for addressing the future movement of the organization. Global Mapping International's new Global Ministry Mapping System (GMMS) provides underlying support for Project 4K.

A key to these concepts lies in geography, for all ministry has a geographic expression whether it involves evangelism, discipleship, or mercy ministries. It is carried out somewhere between here and the ends of the earth.

Therefore, for effective ministry, mission agencies must look at the empty places, the unreached zones, and devise a simple but clear form of keeping that image before the emerging generation of leaders. They will then be inspired to a new Spirit-led, pioneering thrust until all the empty places are filled with living expressions of God’s love and care.

Is Project 4K just another gimmick?

4K isn’t just another program that looks good on paper but lacks functionality. YWAM’s Global Leadership Team 4K Task Force is working hard to ensure that it will be practical, measurable, and workable.

They are developing processes of implementation, monitoring, and review to track YWAM’s 4K growth regularly for the next 15 years. David Hamilton, Associate Provost of YWAM’s University of the Nations and lead researcher for 4K, reports on their monitoring grid which contains “over 160 demographic distinctions. We’re plotting all unreached people groups into it, so we will know exactly where we stand and can get to whole new levels of specificity.”

In the YWAM structure, each of several hundred base leaders must regularly decide where to send short-term ministry teams. By showing immediately where work by other ministries is underway, Project 4K maps allow leaders to send their teams to areas with the greatest need.

Project 4K gives mission organizations an opportunity for clearer focus and stronger collaboration. Numerous agencies are exploring adapting 4K as their own strategic framework, discovering that it helps them see where they are and where they are not.

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