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How To Select A
RADIUS Ministry Area Boundary
RULE OF THUMB: In a densely populated urban area, a radius between 1 and 3 miles should be more than adequate; whereas, a 5-mile radius in a suburban area and a 10-mile radius in a rural area are standard.
If you can imagine standing at your location, pointing to a distance five miles out and turning a full circle, you'll understand the radius boundary (see illustration above). The radius is the distance from where you're standing out to the edge of the boundary. The reason a RADIUS BOUNDARY is used so often to define a ministry area is that it's very easy to think in terms of the people who live all around your church. These are the people within the closest "reach" of your ministry.
The only problem with a RADIUS BOUNDARY occurs when a river, ocean, mountain, or even a major highway, creates a known barrier for people coming to your church. In these cases, the radius boundary may not be the best choice. You may want to consider an optional boundary, such as
ZIP CODES, or a hand drawn boundary, called a POLYGON.