To Read

July 19, 2004

Note: The following titles are available from the Episcopal Book/Resource Center, 815 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017; 800.334.7626;

To Read: GETTING THE WORD OUT: The Alban Guide to Church Communications, by Frederick H. Gonnerman (Herndon, Virginia: The Alban Institute, 2003; 233 pages, $20.)


From the foreword by Martin E. Marty: "Gonnerman realistically admits that church communications have to compete for the time, attention, investment and priorities of those who might receive, contribute to, or in some other way respond to them. What Gonnerman is after is that his readers first appraise how they have communicated and then to engage in self-criticism. He shows us how to do those things. Next he encourages us to develop the skill to do better -- and he again shows how to do it. And finally, he teaches us how to present a new product."


To Read: LET THE GLORY OF THE LORD RISE AMONG US: Growing a Church in the Heart of the City, by Greg Van Dunk (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2002; 93 pages; $12.95).

From the publisher: "Let the Glory of the Lord Rise Among Us" tells the story of a congregation planted and grown in the heart of the city. All Peoples Church (an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation) began in 1991 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, using a building once owned by another church that closed its doors after 85 years. The average household income in the neighborhood was well below the national average. Since the start of All Peoples Church, membership, worship attendance, and giving by members have grown significantly. The support received from other individuals and congregations has also increased. The story of All Peoples Church illustrates strategies for urban ministry."