Serving and supplying the church
The magazine you are reading is a result of the decision our founding
leaders made nearly nine decades ago that "the gospel should be
taught, preached and published in all the world." In November 1914,
$5,000 was set aside to purchase the first printing equipment. From
that beginning, Gospel Publishing House has grown to become one of the
largest Protestant publishing enterprises with more than 14 tons of
literature leaving the shipping docks daily. Some 600-800 different
magazines, Sunday school curriculum resources and other printed items
pass through the presses every year.
"Our purpose as a publishing house is fourfold," says General
Superintendent Thomas E. Trask. "To bring glory to Jesus Christ,
to strengthen the hands of our pastors and church workers with quality
materials, to evangelize the world with literature that introduces them
to Christ, and to bring maturity to the body of Christ through discipleship
resources." From its beginning, the General Council of the Assemblies
of God has remained faithful to those mandates.
While printing gospel literature is the core ministry of Gospel Publishing
House, it also is in the "ministry of business." Through the
Christian Resources catalog about 10,000 products, ranging from Bibles
and books to church signs to awards and gifts, are available. This not
only provides churches with resources, but the earnings generated support
the ministries of the General Council.
As a not-for-profit company, all earnings from GPH are channeled back
"Gospel Publishing House is here to serve our churches and the
ministries of our Fellowship. That is our ministry," says Arlyn
Pember, national director of publication and general manager of Gospel
Ministry and service are the hallmarks of GPH. What separates them
from a secular mail-order company is providing products with eternal
value. Many people come to the Lord as a result of the products GPH
sells. Others come to know the Lord better. The workers take their jobs
their ministries very seriously.
Occasionally a call is received from someone who just received Christ
as Savior and is ordering his or her first Bible. Some dont even
know what kind of Bible to order, so they receive individual help in
making a selection. That kind of personal service is what Gospel Publishing
House is all about.