The Indianapolis Center for Congregations will be hosting Martha Grace Reese, author of Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism in a workshop by the same name on Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Greenwood United Methodist Church near Indianapolis. Reese's book is one of the books in the Bishop's Bundle of books promoted at both North Indiana and South Indiana annual conferences last month.

Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism is a workshop for pastors and laypeople who want the truth about the state of our churches. It presents a clear-spoken, hopeful vision for a future of sharing our faith in Christ. All sorts of Christians were interviewed and arrive at a central theme. Sharing our faith is about relationships with others and authentically living out our beliefs.

This workshop is based on a four-year, Lilly Endowment funded research project on superb evangelism and the resulting book Unbinding the Gospel. Reese, a former Indianapolis resident, she interviewed more than 1,200 people in some of the most successful evangelistic congregations in the country.

All registrants will be sent a copy of Unbinding the Gospel (Chalice Press, 2007) upon registration. Reading the book prior to the workshop is a pre-requisite. Do the exercises! Discuss the questions with others in your congregation. This book and workshop are most effective when done in a group.

The cost is $30 a person ($25 a person for teams of three or more). The fee includes lunch and materials. More registration information will come. In the meantime, visit the center's Web site for other resources and workshops at or contact the Center at 317-237-7799.