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Applications - Map Library - Datasets

Geographic Applications

  • ArcGIS 10.4 or 10.5 (released in December 2016) with specially-designed GMMS Wizards: The latest geographic software from Esri with custom wizards designed to help you quickly use key ministry datasets along with your own geographical information. The wizards open most of the geographic layers in the GMMS and them simplifies managing these layers by asking several questions about the area covered by the map and the type of map desired, then presenting a set of controls which allow the user to adjust the level of detail desired in several categories of geographic information.

  • Global Geocoder: A simple application designed to help you geographically locate any address on the planet! This application takes input from a table such as an Excel spreadsheet, which contains address information and creates a latitude/longitude coordinate for the address. The program can use address data from Google, MapQuest, OpenStreetMap contributors. and US Census to determine the latitude/longitude coordinate.

Ministry Map Library

  • 274 high-quality map templates utilizing the GMMS data. These maps serve as stand-alone tools, templates and examples for GMMS users.
  • The Ministry Map Library will include:


    • Mission Concepts
    • Geography – Specific Regions
    • Geography - World Regions
    • History
    • Intro to Missions
    • Operation World
    • The Omega Model of Mission


    • China's Southwestern Minorities
    • General Peoples Mapping
    • Himalayan Buddhist Peoples
    • Muslim Peoples of Island SE Asia
    • Reaching Africa
    • Reaching India
    • Specific Peoples Mapping


    • The World of Islam
    • Sri Lanka Religions
    • Religion


    • Demographic
    • Health
    • Missions
    • Social
    • World Factbook


    • China Mobilization
    • Strategy
    • The 10/40 Window
    • Worldwide Perspectives

General GMI Maps

    • DCW Samples
    • General GMI Maps

Comprehensive Datasets

  • World Language Mapping System: Areas and points for the world’s 6,900 languages. Updates are to 2016 ISO 639-3 standard codes and names.
  • Digital Chart of the World: Global country and province borders, including name changes, upgraded boundaries for topological consistency and new geodatabase format.
  • Global Mission Basemap: Generalized basemap with political boundaries from the Digital Chart of the World layers to speed up map layer drawing.
  • World Fact Book: The World Factbook Geodatabase delivers the data from the well-respected CIA World Factbook in a format that can be directly incorporated into a GIS system. This release includes updates and additional fields of data.
  • Updates to province borders and population of provinces (over 3,500) of world.
  • Statistical Tables: Over 30 tables providing critical data including Joshua Project people groups data, Evangelization status, JESUS Film status by language, India and Sri Lanka religion data (2011 census), refugees by country, religious adherents by state in U.S. (2010), Christian persecution by country
  • Peoples of South Asia: Languages and religions of South Asia peoples updated to 2016
  • Updated data of U.S. and Europe in Data and Maps for ArcGIS (2016) DVD.
  • Populated Places (not updated): Nearly 200,000 places including national province capitals, cities, towns and villages.
  • HydroSheds Watercourses (not updated) 


With the Global Ministry Mapping System (GMMS) you can:

  • Start from over 200 GMI-produced maps and modify them to suit your specific needs.
  • Build your own maps from over 100 layers of provided geographic information.
  • Change colors, fill patterns, line weights, symbols, etc. as you prefer; and vary point symbols, fill patterns, etc. as a function of your data.
  • Pan and zoom maps to any part of the earth, change map projections, add multiple map views to a page, add titles, text notations, and legends.
  • Add your own geographic and statistical data: geographic and statistical data provided can be edited if needed, or you can import additional data from local sources, or you can digitize geographic data and enter statistical data directly in the mapping system.
  • Include charts, images, and other graphics on your maps; and include images (such as topography, aerial photography, or satellite images) as layers in your maps; global shaded relief (shadows of hills) and colored elevation (green valleys, white mountaintops, etc) are included.
  • Automatically generate and place text labels to avoid overlaps.
  • Make layers partially transparent, allowing display, for example, of both a statistically-generated theme (such as Bible translation status of language groups) and landform information (such as shaded relief) on the same map.
  • Import a wide range of geographic data formats including free data from Esri's resource center.
  • Work with optional ArcGIS Extensions to perform advanced spatial analysis, statistical analysis, 3D analysis, and map publishing. Export maps to ten different file types including PDF with advanced features.
  • Use the Mapping wizard to automate map creation.

Databases: GMMS combines geopolitical and ethnolinguistic data with content from top ministries.

The GMMS provides information found nowhere else on locations of ethnolinguistic peoples, and provides global coverage of first-level (states, provinces) sub-national political subdivisions, city and town locations, and over 50 additional layers of information that can be used to give geographic context to your maps. Also available are statistical/demographic databases from many research sources in the Christian ministry community, including Wycliffe, Operation World, the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, People Group Mapping Project, and Joshua Project.

Geographic Databases Included (standard) within GMMS

  • Digital Chart of the World - large scale map series with continuous global coverage
  • Populated Places (nearly 200,000 places) national province capitals, cities, towns and villages
  • Coastlines and Islands
  • World Language Mapping System (areas and points for 6,900 languages)
  • Major Rivers
  • Lakes - categorized into small, medium and large
  • Country Polygons
  • International Borders, Lines
  • International Borders, Disputed, Lines
  • 1st Order Administrative Borders (Provinces), Lines
  • 1st Order Administrative Borders (Provinces), Polygons
  • World Countries, generalized for use at 1:25 million scale
  • 10/40 Window polygon
  • Spread of Evangelicals
  • Spread of Islam
  • Elevation Colors raster layer DTM (low-resolution)
  • Hillshade raster layer (low-resolution)
  • Transportation
  • HydroSHEDS
  • Esri Data and Maps, over 27 gigabytes of data, including high resolution hillshade and elevation data and satellite imagery for the world

Attribute Databases Included within GMMS

  • World Demographic, Social, Economic, and Linguistic Data by country
  • World Factbook
  • Evangelical Data by country
  • Missionary Data by country
  • Joshua Project Status of Evangelization by language
  • Peoplegroups.org
  • People Groups by country
  • OMID people groups, languages and religions of South Asia by district

Table of urban agglomerations, capitals, cities, and towns including populations

  • Muslim Peoples Data by country
  • Chinese Language Families
  • India Census Data
  • Province Populations at 1st Order Administrative level
  • State of the World 's Children
  • Jesus Film Data
  • Persecution Index by country
  • Cross-listing of province codes to aid in table joining
  • Detailed attribute data for U.S.A. and Europe

GMMS data collections are compatible with several other software packages, such as Map Info and Maptitude.