Churchwide Bible reading program announced

June 14, 2017

[Forward Movement press release] Forward Movement is pleased to announce the Good Book Club, a church-wide program that invites all Episcopalians to read Luke and Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Participants in the Good Book Club will begin reading Luke the Sunday before Lent, Feb. 11, 2018, and finish up the Book of Acts on the Day of Pentecost, May 20, 2018.

“We are thrilled to invite thousands and thousands of people to enter the great narrative of Luke and Acts,” said the Rev. Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement. “As people open their hearts and their minds to scripture, transformation follows. The Good Book Club could change thousands of lives, and, indeed, our whole church.”

Several organizations have already announced partnerships with Forward Movement on the Good Book Club, including Episcopal Church Foundation, ChurchNext, Episcopal Migration Ministries, and the Episcopal Church and Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry. Partner organizations are creating resources or encouraging their constituents to take part in the effort. A list of current partners is below.

The Good Book Club website lists the daily readings, as well as available resources to support people as they read the scriptures. Resources also will be available in Spanish at

Forward Day by Day, Forward Movement’s flagship devotional, will use Good Book Club readings during Lent-Easter 2018, instead of the usual daily lectionary. In this way, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will be joining the Good Book Club.

“Our research on spiritual vitality and spiritual growth in the Episcopal Church shows us that scripture engagement is an incredibly important catalyst for growth,” said the Rev. Jay Sidebotham, director of RenewalWorks, which is a ministry of Forward Movement.

Organizations, dioceses, and congregations who wish to partner or create resources can learn about partnership opportunities on the Good Book Club website. “We have already spoken with many organizations, and we invite any organization, diocese, or congregation to partner in this wonderful effort,” Gunn said.

Partners to date include:

The Acts 8 Movement
The Center for Biblical Studies
Episcopal Camp & Conference Centers
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church Foundation
Episcopal Church Women
Episcopal Communicators
Episcopal Migration Ministries
Gathering of Leaders
Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries (The Episcopal Church)
PlainSong Farm
Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas

Learn more about the Good Book Club at

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