One day, I was walking down a busy street in some distant city, when my eye caught a sign in a shop window. It said, “Rare Old Books”. I thought to myself, “That’s the kind I want to write! Rare because they are not just saying what everyone wants to hear, and old, because they bear fruit that remains, standing the test of time.
I do not harbor any illusions of becoming a popular author or of Wordsmith becoming a major player in today’s vast publishing industry. My goal is much more modest, but God-given; I want to produce books that contain a fresh perspective for those who have decided to become disciples of the Living Christ. I want these books to contain truths that challenge the church to be all it can be and to be an example of how to handle the word of God with integrity, so that pastors and potential pastors would want to do the same.
To accomplish this, our church, WellSpring Fellowship in Penn Yan, New York, started its own publishing company. We did this in order to make available the teaching materials I have been working on for most of Christian life, which make up the curriculum we use in our discipleship program.
We have decided to invest our own time and money to get these books edited and printed, here, and in the countries where we have had the most mission interest. We believe that publishing this material is part of our ongoing purpose and calling in missions. We have assembled a small international team to help us accomplish this vision, but could use your help.
PARTNERING WITH US
Here are several ways you could partner with us:
1. It is not easy to establish a web-based book store as a primary point for distribution. For now, we post books on our website. We also use Amazon quite extensively, but this comes at a price. If people purchased directly from us it would help keep a larger part of the profits in our hands, so we can re-invest them in making more books. You could partner with us by sharing the link to our website with those who you think would benefit from this kind of teaching.
2. We are looking for people who believe in what we do who might want to help us financially. Raising the financial support for each book we print is not easy, but we are doing it slowly and surely. Beyond this, our goal is make this material available to disciples, pastors, and potential church leaders in Spain, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, Haiti, and India. If you would like to help make this aspect of the production move forward, either here or overseas, we would be grateful. Write to ask for any current information about how to do this and we will let you know what we are working on. Our books have been translated into several languages already, but we must keep working at this.
3. You could host a book table at your church or special event, if you thought it would help impact the people you are trying to reach.
4. We can provide books at a bulk rate if you plan to use them in your own discipleship ministry. Let us know how we can help you get your own mission work to move forward.
Wordsmith Study Notes were originally written back in the 1900’s for those in our local church who were preparing for the ministry. At first I began to photocopy them off in a newsletter format, sending them out to various church leaders and those who prayed for my mission work. When the Internet became available, I decided it would be more expedient to publish Wordsmith on-line. Over the years, this has been a proven way to invest in the lives of those who are in ministry or are being trained for it.
About five years ago (2013) Wordsmith Publishing was started as an outreach of our church, WellSpring Fellowship, of Penn Yan, New York. Our goal is to make our books available for discipleship and to publish them in various the countries where we have a mission interest.
This fit in with our purpose of training and equipping leaders for the end-time harvest. We want to do whatever we can to strengthen the local church and prepare disciples to advance the kingdom of God, one heart at a time.
We want you to be aware that no one is profiting from any of the book sales at this time. While we have made money, we are not doing it for profit. We re-invest everything back into the next book. In the future we may have to hire staff, but for now our goal is to re-invest any and all the revenue back into printing and producing more books. It is as simple as that.
Stand in pray with us so that together we can make the Kingdom a little larger, one heart at a time.
With every blessing, Penn Clark