Christian Publishing – what do you think?
I recently had someone join our team from an organization that serves the publishing industry, Christian and non-Christian. She made the comment, “Many believe that Christian publishing is not going to make it.” As you can imagine, that got my attention. I have pondered (by the way, pondering is required for all leaders and blessed by those of us over 50!) even as I have wrestled with this statement. A few thoughts. I would love for you to ponder and wrestle this with me.
For those of us in this ministry/business, we must speak up and engage with those who partner with us both in the business of publishing as well as the ministry of Christian publishing. Silence is deadly. When people don’t hear from us, they begin to wonder if we have anything to say. (Thank you Justin Taylor for your resent post “The
Printed book is Not Dead; Long Live the Book!).
Belief starts with those of us that lead in this space. Do we believe it is dead? Are we hopeful or hopeless? Do we have a vision for our industry ten years from now or do we see ourselves struggling to survive? Do we see the opportunities more than the challenges? Check your own belief and then that of the team you lead.
How do you view others in Christian publishing? Is there limited market potential or is the world big enough for more of us? Do we win just by taking market share or do we build on the strength that each of us offers? Can we truly help each other succeed?
Yes, I am fully aware our industry is changing. There are forces of change that are strong and there are some days it is flat out exhausting. On those days, we have the best opportunity to strengthen our faith.
For every generation, God has his people in place, gifted and equipped to advance the gospel. He has chosen us to navigate the incredible opportunities offered in a digital revolution that allows us to serve the world with Christian content. I pray He would open our eyes to see and then give us the courage and faith and wisdom to move our industry forward with confidence in God and confidence in the future.
I would love to hear what you think in the comments below.