MapDash for Faith Communities

We help congregations survive and thrive in challenging times through data-grounded discernment.

MapDash for Faith Communities and MapDash Express

MapDash for Faith Communities is a revolutionary tool for strategic missional planning. Designed from the ground up with the input of faith leaders across the United States, and combined with innovative data-grounded discernment practices pioneered by FaithX, MapDash for Faith Communities allows leaders of congregations and judicatories to rapidly, comprehensively, and deeply discern the stories of community they serve.

MapDash for Faith Communities is one of several different map dashboard created by our partner Datastory on its MapDash platform.

It has over 150 data map layers curated for accuracy by Datastory with input from FaithX. These map layers can be access via a “most used” Main Menu, a Favorites folder, and a variety of other folders organized by subject (people, places, organizations, boundaries, etc.), as well as a variety of customizable reports.

One of those is the Neighborhood Insights Report (NIR), an infographic report designed to give users an interactive snapshot of their neighborhoods with 40+ demographic and psychographic data points, including critical information: Population Growth, Diversity Growth, Religiously Unaffiliated, Race and Ethnicity, Housing Instability (homelessness predictor), and more.

FaithX employs the NIR as the core of its Neighborhood Missional Assessment, a 4-hour, 4-session online consultation designed for congregations seeking to better understand and engage the communities they serve.

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How does MapDash compare in price and functions to other demographic platforms?

Click here for a helpful comparison table

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Coming Soon: MapDash Express

Smaller judicatories frequently ask us if a less expensive version of MapDash is available.

Now there is!

It’s called MapDash Express.
Available with or without full congregational access to their Neighborhood Insights Report.

MapDash Express Basic: $1,495 | With Congregational Access: $2,995

For more information, email us at

MapDash Features


Data Inventory

A large selection of data (more than 200 map layers) from a variety of categories, including: People, Businesses, Infrastructure, Boundaries, Environment, Planning and Policy, Crisis Management (Covid-19), and more.

Click here for an infographic of data layers and sources

Add or Remove Data Layers

Instantly choose which layers to add or remove from one operational menu.

To add data:
  1. Click on the Data Layers icon at the top right of your screen 
  2. Select a Category
  3. Find the Data Layer you would like to add, choose “add”
To remove data:
  1. Open the same menu from which you added the layer
  2. Select “remove” to delete the layer from MapDash
Add Your Own Data Points

Overlay your own data points, such as congregant household locations.

To add your own data points:
  1. Click on the Data Layers icon at the top right of your screen 
  2. Select a Overlay Data (Current Session Only)
  3. Drag and drop a CSV file of your data points.
To remove data:

Data is removed at the end of the current session.


Look in the Favorites folder to quickly find the data that most faith leaders need on a regular basis.

Access to a Vast Universe of Data

Not finding exactly what you need? Curious to see what’s out there in the GIS world? MapDash unlocks the door to the vast Esri data universe for you to peek inside and select as needed. To gain access to a seemingly endless number of datasets:

  1. Click on the Data Layers icon
  2. Select “All Data”
  3. Click the downward facing arrow next to “All MapDash Data”
  4. Choose “ArcGIS online”
  5. Enter key search terms in the search box to view what data is available.

To determine what your representative sample should look like: (a) study the makeup of your congregation, (b) start with a core group composed of vestry, committee chair, and committee members as the core of the group, (c) then determine which groups are under-represented and invite them, (d) make sure each person gets a personal invitation from a member of leadership explaining why you need their input specifically.

Neighborhood Insights Report

An interactive infographic report with 80+ demographic and psychographic data points designed to give users an snapshot of their neighborhoods, with features including:

  • Select study area by congregation name, address, or pin-drop.
  • Select DriveTime and/or WalkTime boundaries.
  • Choose up to 6 additional distances around your location.
  • Export to a live, interactive Dynamic HTML file.
  • Easy access to Help, FAQ, and Training Videos, along with a way to share feedback.

For info on acquiring a subscription to MapDash, contact FaithX here.