I love what I do. Really. It’s been over twenty years since I first started working in the Christian publishing industry, and I am still honored that God uses me to bring attention to authors, speakers, and publishers who have such important messages to share.
What many people forget, though, is that Christian publishing is not a non-profit ministry endeavor. It’s a business. And like any business, sometimes it can draw out the less appealing qualities in people—although, if you asked your pastor, he would probably say that ministry can do that, too. Making a career as an author or speaker is not easy. It takes a lot of faith, nerve, hard work, and perseverance. The same applies for the publishers, marketing people, and publicists. In order to deliver the message, the business needs to succeed. Some days you feel like you’ve been all business, no ministry.
That’s why I was so excited a few years ago when I was asked to serve on the board of Global Publishers Alliance, the outreach arm of Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Not only am I spending time with some of the veterans of the industry—godly, successful business people who I greatly admire—but I have the chance to contribute to a cause I really believe in. Global Publishers Alliance (GPA) enables publishers in developing countries to become self-sustaining in producing Christian books in their own languages and cultural contexts. This is not about providing a simple handout (though I’m all for that kind of charity, as well. After all, most of us have so much more than we need). The GPA folks come alongside these publishers as peers in the same industry offering moral support and the benefit of their own experiences.
GPA can use your support. This is a great opportunity for Christian business people who want to reach out to their counterparts around the world. The recession that has clouded our own immediate futures may be felt even more acutely in the developing world—as if keeping a Christian publishing business afloat in places like Ukraine and China wasn’t enough of a challenge. God is at work here, and you can help!
For all of you golfers out there, check out the GPA Invitational Golf Tournament coming up in Dallas, TX this March. For 2009 and 2010 a major portion of the money raised at this event will be focused on the training of authors, publishers and distributors of Christian content in China.
If you’re interested, check out this link: