This set of maps compares the locations of all the Protestant churches listed in the 2005 - 2006 Taiwan Church Handbook* for the eight districts that were within the former Taichung City borders plus Tali, Taiping, and Tantzu Districts, with the churches listed for these same 11 districts in the 2015 – 2016 TCH.  The object was to see what changes in the church situation occurred during the ten years between the two handbooks. 

Another goal was to see the locations of the churches in the 2015-2016 TCH over against the populations for all the neighborhoods in the 11 districts.  This kind of map could be used to identify areas that had significant populations but few near-by churches.

Map A shows the locations of all the Protestant churches listed for the eleven districts in the 2005 – 2006 TCH.  (Note: There are no churches in the eastern parts of Tantzu, Peitun, and Taiping Districts because those are mountainous areas where few people live. )

Map B shows the locations of all the Protestant churches listed for the eleven districts in the 2015 – 2016 TCH.  The number of Protestant churches increased from 196 to 287 over the ten years, an increase of 46.4 %!

Map C gives some information on how the churches in the 11 districts changed over the ten years.  The red dots are churches that were listed in the 2005 – 2006 TCH.  The black circles are churches that were listed in the 2015 – 2016 TCH.  A red dot in a black circle indicates a church that has not changed its location.  Where the red dots stand alone this indicates churches that were listed in the 2005 – 2006 TCH, but then either moved or closed.  The black circles indicate churches that are new churches or older churches that moved.  All districts except Tantzu saw a net increase in the number of churches.  It was especially encouraging to see the large number of new churches in Tali District, North District, and Peitun District.

Map D looks at the present church situation in the 11 districts.  The January, 2015, population range is plotted for each of the 296 neighborhoods.  Although there are many churches in the 11 districts, close examination of this map shows that there are still areas with significant populations but few churches.

Map D2 is the same as Map D except that seven ranges of population are used instead of four ranges.  Using the seven ranges produces a map that yields more information.

Close-up maps were made for each of the 11 districts.  (Since the area of the Central District is very small the Central District was combined on one map with the West District so there is a total of 10, not 11 close-up maps.)  These maps show the neighborhood names, in Chinese characters, and the locations of all the Protestant churches listed in the 2015 – 2016 Taiwan Church Handbook* for the district.  The color used for each neighborhood gives the January, 2015, population range.  In addition, the January, 2015, population is also given as a number for each neighborhood.

For the areas in each of the ten close up maps a satellite imagery map was also made.  These maps show the neighborhood borders and the Protestant church locations superimposed on satellite imagery.  In order to have the clearest view of the imagery, these maps do not give the names of the neighborhoods nor do they give any population numbers.  That information can be obtained by using the satellite maps in conjunction with the regular maps of population and church distribution.  The value of the satellite maps is that they enable one to easily see which areas of a neighborhood are densely populated and which areas are not.

Since both the Peitun District and the Taiping District contain extensive mountainous areas where few people live, two satellite imagery maps were made for each of these districts.  In each case Map A shows the entire district while Map B focuses just on the more densely populated areas.

We hope that the ten regular close-up maps, along with the twelve satellite imagery maps, will be helpful for studying the details of the distribution of the Protestant churches in the 11 districts in comparison to the population distribution.  We also hope the maps will help identify areas where new churches could be started in places where there is a relatively large population but, at present, few churches.
 

George McFall, TEAM, December, 2015

*Church data source: 2005 – 2006 and 2015 - 2016 Taiwan Church Handbooks, Christian Resource Center, Taichung:  統 計 的 來 源: 2005 – 2006 與 2015 - 2016 年 台閩地區基督教堂會, 宗派, 宣教機構一覽表  基督教資料中心發行, 台中

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