New to Church Communications? The Books You Need to Succeed!

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Welcome to Church Communications! If this is your first time to our website or your first time actually in “church communication” as a profession then you’ve found the right place. Every single day over 20,000 church communicators and church leaders use our website and Facebook Group to learn how to better communicate to their congregation, their community, and the world. We want to help you to share the Gospel as clearly as you possibly can.

The list of books that follows are books that have been recommended REPEATEDLY through our Facebook group. We LOVE these books. If you are a beginner, add them all to your cart and get started reading.

Just a note: We support our community with carefully chosen product and service recommendations to support their church. You support us through our independently chosen links, many of which earn us a commission. All the links below are affiliate links unless otherwise noted.

How to Lead when You’re not in Charge by Clay Scroggins

One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead. Great leaders don’t buy it. Great leaders lead with or without the authority and learn to unleash their influence wherever they are.

With practical wisdom and humor, author and pastor Clay Scroggins will help you nurture your vision and cultivate influence, even when you lack authority in your organization. And he will free you to become the great leader you want to be so you can make a difference right where you are. Even when you’re not in charge.

Buy How to Lead when You’re not in Charge by Clay Scroggins on Amazon

Be Known for Something by Mark MacDonald

Your church needs to reconnect with community. This book will help you to discover how.

Be Known For Something is the answer to engaging your congregation while encouraging church growth from your community.
Discover your thread in this easy-to-read and easy-to-lead book. Learn how to control it, communicate it, and live it.

Mark MacDonald, a leading voice in effective church communication, shares fascinating stories to help you discover your unique thread that will…

  • Revitalize your church’s reputation
  • Simplify your church’s messaging
  • Tear down your ministry silos
  • Attract people to your church

Buy Be Known for Something by Mark MacDonald on Amazon

Lasting Impact by Carey Nieuwhof

In Lasting Impact, Carey Nieuwhof leads you and your team through seven conversations that will help your church grow and have a lasting impact.

What if …

  • Having the right conversations could change your trajectory?
  • There was more hope than you realized?
  • The potential to grow was greater than the potential to decline?
  • Your community was waiting for a church to offer the hope they’re looking for?
  • Your best days as a church were ahead of you?

Maybe the future belongs to the churches that are willing to have the most honest conversations at a critical time. That’s what Lasting Impact is designed to facilitate.

Buy Lasting Impact by Carey Nieuwhof on Amazon


Crucial Conversations by Kerry Paterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan & Al Switzler

The first edition of Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. This new edition gives you the tools to:

  • Prepare for high-stakes situations
  • Transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue
  • Make it safe to talk about almost anything
  • Be persuasive, not abrasive

Buy Crucial Conversations by Kerry Paterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan & Al Switzler on Amazon


Rethink Communication by Phil Bowdle

In Rethink Communication, Phil Bowdle walks through the new reality for what attendance, engagement, and attention look like for the church. Then he offers a practical communication playbook you can use to communicate anything in your church–and actually connect. These practical tips and proven strategies will work regardless of size, staff, or budget. Communication has been overlooked for far too long in the church. It’s time for that to change. It’s time to rethink communication for the church.

Buy Rethink Communication by Phil Bowdle on Amazon


Less Chaos. Less Noise by Kem Meyer

Do you ever wonder why people aren’t getting your message? You email, tweet, hang signs, create video announcements, send newsletters and boost your posts … and the response isn’t what you want. Is anyone even listening? What if you could cut through the chaos and the noise and find the direct route to your audience? It’s easier than you think. Less Chaos. Less Noise. delivers proven “now” strategies for church communications–practical solutions and best-practice principles that build trust instead of walls.

Buy Less Chaos. Less Noise. by Kem Meyer on Amazon


Dangerous by Cleve Persinger

It took only a week to make Pastor Jeff dangerous. A team of church communication pros descended on his church to share their knowledge, a venture known as Creative Missions. The status quo is now endangered. Is your church ready to be dangerous? This booklet is written by the reinforcements, men and women in the trenches of church communication. They’re Creative Missions alumni and now offer that same insight, wisdom and help to you. This booklet includes 19 essays on church communication, covering basic strategy and practical, real world tips for churches that want to be dangerous.

Buy Dangerous by Cleve Persinger on Amazon


A Survival Guide for Church Communicators by Justin Dean

Is your church prepared to handle a crisis well? Do you have a plan in place for how to deal with negative comments on social media? Are you afraid to try new communications methods?

In PR Matters, Justin Dean provides practical advice on how to communicate the gospel well and reach more people in a world that wants Christians to be bland.

Buy A Survival Guide for Church Communicators by Justin Dean on Amazon

Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller

Donald Miller’s StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides listeners with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. Building a StoryBrand does this by teaching listeners the seven universal story points all humans respond to, the real reason customers make purchases, how to simplify a brand message so people understand it, and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media.

Buy Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller on Amazon

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