Books

The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is the author of Ten Essential Strategies to Grow a MultiracialMulticultural CongregationThe Power of Stories and the children’s book, You Are So Wonderful! She is writing her fourth book, Go Deep, Get Naked, and Come Clean: Getting a Grown-Up God.

You Are So Wonderful! 

With illustrations by Jeremy Tugeau, this children’s book from Jacqui Lewis celebrates that each child is gift from God and made in God’s image. From School Library Journal: “In simple, rhyming text, this title celebrates the uniqueness of people, focusing on physical features: 'No one else has your grin. No one else has your chin.' There are references to God as creator as well as a biblical psalm. Brightly colored, full-page illustrations depict an urban environment with a diverse cast of characters of various ages, sizes, races, and abilities." To purchase the book, contact Ellen Matlach at ematlach@middlechurch.org or 212.477.0666. 

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Ten Essential Strategies to Grow a MultiracialMulticultural Congregation

This popular 24-page workbook is a blueprint for congregations who are curious or committed to building racially diverse houses of worship. This practical guide features tools, activities, and worksheets to help clergy and lay leaders build multiracial and multicultural communities of faith. 

To purchase the book, contact Ellen Matlach at ematlach@middlechurch.org or 212.477.0666. $15 each plus shipping and handling. Bulk rates available for educators and congregations.

 

 

The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leading Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Congregations   

Most congregational leaders find it difficult to resist the dominant cultural expectation that different cultural and ethnic groups should stick to themselves -- especially when it comes to church. But some congregational leaders have learned the secrets of breaking out of these expectations to bring together communities of faith that model God’s radical inclusiveness. What makes the difference? Jacqui Lewis explains that it resides in the stories these leaders tell: stories about who they themselves are, and what the communities they lead are about. These leaders are able to embrace the multiple, complex stories within these diverse communities, hearing in the many voices a particular echo of the living voice of the gospel. In this book, Lewis shares with the reader examples of congregational leaders who have successfully overcome the challenges of leading multicultural congregations, and the lessons that can be learned from them. 

Available in paperback and eBook from Abingdon Press.