I have a friend who has a great saying about change. He says, "When the pain of staying the same, exceeds the pain of change, YOU WILL CHANGE!" For the publishing business I think we are coming to the place where the pain of staying the same is
exceeding the pain of change. At least for NavPress
we have come to the conclusion that we must embrace change
in order to accomplish our mission as a publishing company.
Through the years I have utilized a change model created by John Kotter
If you have not watched hisintro to the "The Iceberg Is Melting
then take a look because the realities facing the Christian publishing enterprise are serious and require a sense of urgency!
Last year a blog entry from IVP
discussed the tensions between ministry and business in publishing. The post describes the typical concerns regarding publishing issues. Those in the business must ask themselves if it is a ministry or a business. Perhaps the question should be "Is it Mission or Monetary?"
In order for change to take place at a significant level within the Christian publishing world, there must be a sense of urgency concerning the situation that an organization is facing. And not just financial urgency but mission critical focus.
If you read or know the histories of Christian publishing companies, their mission/vision was the driving force in the early days. Because of this vision, there was no sacrifice too great, no cost so high that the founding publishers would not make in order to provide their resources to the consumer.
Here are my concerns:
1. The Christian publishing enterprise must take responsibility for the messages we have published and released in the name of Christ!
2. The Christian publishing industry must ask if the Lord is pleased with what we are spending our resources to produce?
3. The Christian publishing industry should rise up and stop the madness of allowing consumerism to drive product selection rather than biblically centered messages that honor our God.