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Press Release: Discover Ways to Be Involved in Effective Outreach

Meaningful Outreach reveals the tools needed to nurture new relationships outside the church.


Outreach is important in churches so that the Gospel message may be widely spread. In Mark Wood’s new book, Meaningful Outreach, readers will learn how to strengthen outreach efforts by building awareness, creating connections, nurturing relationships, and making disciples.

“I came to understand that effective outreach is a process, not an event,” writes Wood. “That process may start with events, but it intentionally goes much further. It is centered in relationship building and focused on bringing the Means of Grace to people and people to the Means of Grace.” He also writes, “It’s my hope that this book will foster discussions, encourage action, and motivate people to get involved in more effective outreach to the glory of our Savior, Jesus, and the good of the people around you who are in great need of His love and grace.”

This book is perfect for congregation leaders, volunteers, and outreach teams to help learn about effective outreach rooted in the Word and sacraments. In Meaningful Outreach, Mark Wood invites readers to shift perspectives when approaching outreach in order to see what nonchurched people see during these efforts.

This book delivers practical ways to nurture new relationships outside the church body and illuminates how the church grows through the Holy Spirit’s work.  

For more information on Meaningful Outreach or to order the book, please visit Contact Hannah Eatherton, Public Relations, at for more information.


About the Author

Rev. Dr. Mark A. Wood serves in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Office of National Mission as the director of the Witness and Outreach Ministry and the director of the LCMS Revitalization Initiative. He is the creator of the Every One His Witness evangelism program and the re:Vitality revitalization program. A 2000 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, he earned a doctor of ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2017. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, have five adult children, seven grandchildren, and three great-granddaughters.

About Concordia Publishing House

Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For 150 years, CPH has been providing individuals, churches, and schools with products that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. From books and Bibles to church supplies, curriculum, and software, CPH offers over 10,000 products to support the proclamation of the Gospel worldwide. Visit CPH online at