This year has been both challenging and rewarding for RBP. The work on the Strong Kids curriculum revision has occupied a great deal of energy and thought, and as I write this report, we are just over halfway through with it. Much work remains to be done, but we are encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive responses we have already witnessed to the new material and are grateful for the opportunity to work on this important project. Due to the revision, we have seen significant growth in curriculum sales this year.
Kids4Truth Clubs continues to experience steady growth. This year also saw exceptionally strong sales for our Vacation Bible School program (Giddyup Junction). This was the second year in a row that we met and exceeded our VBS sales goals. We are rejoicing over these gains and praying that the Lord will use them to impact many lives for eternity.
Our book releases this year included King Over All by Dorothy Davis, Facing Your Fears with Faith by Juanita Purcell, God Gives More Grace by Tim Valiante, and a newly revised and expanded edition of Learning and Living God’s Word by Daniel Estes. With God’s provision we were able to meet our fundraising goal for the first three volumes of the forthcoming New Testament Exposition Commentary series. The commentary authors are hard at work and we anticipate initiating pre-production on the first volume very soon. A number of other book projects and educational resources are also being considered for publication in the near future.
Major goals for the coming year include completing the children’s curriculum revision; beginning the youth curriculum revision; adding hand motion videos to our VBS offerings; launching a robust digital publishing strategy for our book product lines; improving our order fulfillment service; and leveraging marketing opportunities to continue increasing our major product lines’ customer bases.
We are living in an age of widespread confusion and uncertainty. As our society continues to drift into moral and epistemological relativism, the need has never been greater for the church of Jesus Christ to proclaim resolutely the absolute, unchanging truths of Scripture. RBP exists to equip churches for that work, and we are immensely grateful for the opportunity to do so.