What If Publishing Funded Non-Profit Work?

Writing has the power to change hearts and minds. And that’s a start. But it’s not enough. We need to give people tangible action steps. But how do we do that in a world where publishing is struggling? 

The written word, that is publishing, has its fair share of problems. And so does the world of non-profit. This means that the companies we rely on for information are in turmoil. And likewise, the organizations we rely on to help us take action are in peril. Is there a way forward in this modern age?

This is the question I often think about. And I’m working on the solutions. Why? I happen to have lived in both worlds and know these struggles deeply.

Question: What if the core answer to fixing the sustainability issues of both publishing and non-profit was in the two coming together? To answer that question, we need a bit of back story.

Some Back Story: The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation should be a reminder to us of the value of the written word. If it wasn’t for Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and his subsequent writings — as well as the writings of other great reformers like John Calvin — the Reformation wouldn’t have been possible. Every great movement starts with a manifesto of sorts. To get people to take action, we have to first change hearts and minds.

Publishing has long been the backbone of movements. The reason is simple: The written word does indeed change hearts and minds. But is the industry still this? I’m not so certain that I can answer that affirmatively.

Making It More Personal

I’m not going to answer all the questions I’ve raised in this post here, but I will tell you that I’m thinking about the answers. And the Reformation brings them even more to the forefront.

In the meantime, I am working on some solutions that bridge the worlds of publishing and non-profit. I’m thinking about how the changing of our hearts and minds can be directly connected to actionable steps. I’m thinking about the role commerce plays in this and the potential of publishing that truly matters — that means something.

Instilling core beliefs about authentic Christianity in people is absolutely essential to changing the world. The written word and the actionable steps of non-profit must come together. Thoughts anyone?

P.S. As a starting point, JesusEconomy.org has listed my books, including my Bible studies, 365-day devotional with Bible reading plan, and Faithlife Study Bible. Any purchases will help fuel the movement of Jesus’ Economy. All titles are 10% off plus free shipping for a week!

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