Episcopal Diocese of Washington

To draw people to Jesus and embody his love
for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice


Books about Evangelism in Mainline Churches

Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism by Martha Grace Reese. Chock full of sociological evidence about how churches grow, and undergirded with good theology.  (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2008)

Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation by Steph Spellers, who is now the Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Reconciliation and Evangelism. (New York: Church Publishing, 2006.)

Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People by Michael Frost is aimed at parishioners, not many of whom feel comfortable being “Evangelists.” However, all Christians are called to bless, eat together, listen, learn and send. Small and powerful book. (NavPress, 2016.)

Speaking Faithfully: Communications as Evangelism in a Noisy World by Rebecca Wilson and Jim Naughten. Two professional (and Episcopal) communicators who share best practices for parishes. (Morehouse Publishing, 2012.)

Sticky Church by Larry Osborne is for churches who want to embrace small group ministry. However, even if your church is not ready for small groups, this book invites the reader to think strategically about the experience of the newcomer.. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008.)


Books about Change in Mainline Churches

Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger uses the story of Lewis and Clark to illustrate what the church needs to tackle the uncharted territory in which we find ourselves. (Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015.)

Journey in the Wilderness: New Life for Mainline Churches by Gil Rendle tackles the big problems of mainline decline. He points to the future by showing where we’ve been. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010.)