All Guide Book & Directories are designed to be highly customizable by each congregation. This page features some of the customizable options for each annual printed edition of a Guide Book & Directory.
Book Cover Choices
Cover of the Month Winners
Our graphic artists design custom covers for each Guide Book & Directory we produce. The process starts by choosing the paper you want for your current edition from a selection of cover-stock paper samples that we will send to you. Once you have chosen your paper, you will be asked to submit photos, line drawings, art cuts, or any special wording you would like on your cover. From there, the graphic artists will create a custom cover for your congregation and submit it to you for approval. Click on the different faith groups below for cover ideas for your next Guide Book & Directory.
United Church of Christ Publications
Letter from the Pastor
The first page of the book is left open for you to customize information of your choice. Many Guide Book & Directories include a letter from the Pastor or Office Staff to the members of their congregation on that page. Click to view sample letters that have been included in existing Guide Book & Directories.
Index of Advertisers
The second page of each Guide Book & Directory always includes an Index of Advertisers. The name of the business, their phone number, and the page of their display advertisement is listed for each advertiser. This message is included in the Index of Advertisers: “These are our business and professional friends who have made this Guide Book & Directory possible at no cost to our congregation. We thank them for their involvement and encourage you to consider their fine services. In order to view these advertisements online, please visit www.guidebookpublishing.com.”
The next approximately 14 pages are fully customizable by each congregation. They are designed to provide the information your congregation members need throughout the year. Suggestions on what to include in these pages is available on the Guide Book Suggestions page.
The back of the book consists of all of the contact information for the members of your congregation. This information is gathered from your congregation census database, checked via a CASS mail certification for accuracy of street addresses, and placed alphabetically in the book. The customizable option in this section is what information to include for each entry. See the Guide Book Suggestions page for options.
The Guide Book & Directory are made available to each congregation at no cost thanks to the advertisers. All advertisements included are for family-oriented businesses. We highly value the privacy of your members and will not sell an advertisement to a business where it seems apparent their only reason for advertising is to get the contact information of your members.
Online Guide Section
All publications are also provided with an Online Guide Section hosted on our website. This consists of the printed Guide Section and all of the advertisements within the printed Guide Book & Directory. It does not contain the directory section of the book with members’ contact information. Congregations are encouraged to link the PDF Online Guide Section to their website as well.
Complete Guide Book & Directory PDF
All publications will have a PDF version of the complete Guide Book & Directory emailed to your production contact at the time your printed books arrive in your office. You may choose to distribute this document as you wish to office staff, clergy, key members of the congregation, etc. As it contains your members' contact information a confidentiality statement is included in the document, requesting that the document not be shared or forwarded to anyone without the approval of the church office.