More Than 60 Church Marketing Gurus Contribute to New Book, Outspoken

Contact: Tim Schraeder

More Than 60 Church Marketing Gurus Contribute to New Book, Outspoken

Sept. 15, 2011 (Los Angeles) – Center for Church Communication (CFCC) and its flagship blog, Church Marketing Sucks, release their first book, Outspoken: Conversations on Church Communication. Featuring more than 60 church marketing experts, Outspoken is a first of its kind resource for church leaders and communicators.

“The church has the greatest story ever told,” says CFCC founder Brad Abare, “And we need more help than ever to communicate it.”

Outspoken brings together some of the leading voices that are impacting and shaping the way churches communicate, including:

  • Jon Acuff, author of Stuff Christians Like and CNN contributor
  • Leonard Sweet, professor, author and one of the “50 Most Influential Christians in America”
  • Kem Meyer, author and communications director at Granger Community Church
  • Phil Cooke, Hollywood producer and author of Branding Faith
  • Charles Lee, Idea Camp founder and compassionary

Published by the Center for Church Communication, the nonprofit parent organization of Church Marketing Sucks, Outspoken is comprised of over 70 short essays covering a variety of topics related to church communication, including branding, design, leadership, technology, creativity, outreach and more.

“When you can reach millions of people with the click of a mouse, you have a tremendous responsibility,” says Outspoken editor and CFCC co-director Tim Schraeder. “It’s time churches take the opportunity and resources God has given them and communicate his story in a way that connects.”

Outspoken will release on Sept. 15, 2011, at the STORY conference in Chicago, an event that draws 1,000 church creatives. Additionally, the book will be featured by the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst,, Hillsong,, Outreach and more during the initial launch.

Outspoken will be available in print and Kindle format on Amazon with a portion of sales benefiting Creative Missions, an annual ‘missions trip’ for church creatives. Learn more about Outspoken here.

Founded in 2004, the Center for Church Communication is a firebrand of church communicators, sparking churches to communicate the gospel clearly, effectively and without compromise. The organization’s most visible project is Church Marketing Sucks, the church communications blog with coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, How Magazine, The Boston Herald and more.