Consider Faith Alive First
This letter was sent last week to all pastors of Christian Reformed churches. And has been cross-posted in the Pastors and Sunday School sections of The Network.
I’m writing to ask for your help with an issue that affects all Christian Reformed churches. Faith Alive, as you know, is the publishing ministry of the CRC. But like many denominational publishers, Faith Alive is facing significant financial headwinds in today’s tough economic times.
For decades it was true that most Christian Reformed churches ordered curricula from Faith Alive, then called CRC Publications, because that was their tradition. Today, I know that there is much competition for your attention when it comes to curriculum. No doubt your church mailbox fills up with many offers and brochures from many different publishers. But I also know that Faith Alive is the only Christian publisher that creates materials specifically with your church in mind.
In today’s world, the average church changes Sunday school curriculum every two years. When that happens, two important things are lost. One is the opportunity to follow a well-planned “scope and sequence” designed to teach God’s whole redemption story over the course of a child’s Sunday school experience—an approach that helps shape the kids in your church into biblically literate people who know how Scripture unfolds God’s redemption plan and see their place in it.
The second thing that churches lose is a distinctively Reformed approach to Scripture and a Reformed world-and-life view. For example, when a curriculum uses Bible stories to teach moral values rather than to reveal God’s purpose, or when human faith determines the extent of God’s sovereign grace, we are failing to teach the Bible from a Reformed perspective.
I know that church budgets are tight and that your curriculum choices are myriad. But at this time, Faith Alive needs your support. As you choose curricula for the upcoming church year, I urge you to please give Faith Alive first consideration.
I’m not asking you to make this commitment solely because Faith Alive is your CRC publisher, but because it produces excellent, engaging, relevant, solidly Reformed material that will help your children and youth grow in faith.
Visit FaithAliveResources.org or call 1-800-333-8300 to get more information, learn about current ordering incentives, and see for yourself why you can proudly affirm that Faith Alive is your denomination’s publishing ministry.