The Missional Map was created to help any missionally-minded person identify, pray for, and begin to engage people who are not yet following Christ. It is not meant to be a planning tool, but a starting place for mission.
The term “map” is used to give someone the sense of seeing the whole on one page. The “whole” they get to see is themselves going after a specified group of people that God has led them to engage for a certain period time. You are not restricted to identify and engage only 20 people. However, most missional efforts lose effectiveness as the target is often too large and ambiguous. Hence, there are twenty slots to list the people God has laid on your heart to pursue. It shoud be expected however, that God would lead people across your path that were not initially on your map…and that’s a great thing!
A word of warning: Do not let those you are journeying with see your missional map. We don’t want people to feel like “a target” or “a project”.