The task is not quite over yet. The story should be read by a few others before it is published. This is a good function for a church history committee and the pastor. Let them make suggestions and do not be defensive. Professional historians ask others to read their work before publishing it. You want the book to be as strong as possible.

After publication, the history needs to be distributed. Research materials can be exhibited at a special heritage service. Show the stack of notes accumulated. Perhaps the congregation would like to hear segments from taped interviews. Be sure to praise the research assistants. They may have something to tell about their work. And tell the congregation about the new history. Comment on the experience of researching and writing it. Tell them what you learned in the process?

The new book can be used in several ways. You can make your church better known in the community by sending copies to public and university libraries in the area. The newspaper may want a copy for reference. Local and state historical societies will appreciate copies. So, too, will the district office and the Nazarene Archives. Former pastors and other distinguished former members should not be forgotten either.

The congregation can use the new history in several ways. It can be a part of membership classes to introduce the church to newcomers. Its information can be condensed, revised, and used in a variety of other ways—in brochures, children’s lessons, and church bulletins.