WHAT WE DO

We herald Anglicanism to be the original, continuing Apostolic Faith, and we stand in solidarity with the greater Body of Christ in these increasingly post-Christian times.

Not a few ACNA congregations are pretty evenly divided among people having some amount of Anglican background and others without it. In our experience Anglicans happily welcome good teaching on Anglicanism. This is an Anglican House priority as evidenced by our instructional books and the movie Surprising Merrily we made in Hollywood.

We believe the Anglican brand must be built up. Branding is the truth about a product, well told. Anglican House is helping by producing materials of interest to the greater Body of Christ and seekers, so as to draw favorable attention to our church. For example, Michael Green’s The Way Forward in which there is no mention of any church until About the Author where one learns he is an Anglican priest and theologian. Our motto “SERVING THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE BODY OF CHRIST” affirms solidarity with other Christians. It was a joy to publish To Be A Christian – An Anglican Catechism with its wonderful dedication by the Catechesis Task Force:

“We offer this catechism to the Church with the prayer that it may serve to build up the Body of Christ by helping many to full Christian faith and faithfulness in today’s increasingly post-Christian world.”

How We Do It

Members of our Board of Editorial Review (comprised of clergy and laity) consider proposals received from authors and may authorize work on them to begin. However, unanimity is required for publication. (See RESOURCES for our NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL requirements.) Before being released all of our titles must be deemed authoritative by respected endorsers.

We have no payroll, office space or physical assets. Everything is done in-house by volunteers: all editing, book layout and design, artwork, cover design, promotional copy, and the typography and resultant creation of the electronic files used to print books. (There is a plan for an eventual transition to two full-time paid employees: a Publisher to acquire authors and do fundraising and a Marketing person.)

This is a time of great change in the publishing industry. No longer is it defined by paper and ink. Traditional ways of interacting with the written word are fading away. The population is increasingly dependent on e-tablets and smart phones, busily emailing and texting one another, speed being the thing as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and ever newer social media platforms bring instant “friends.” National Geographic (Aug. 2012) reports that even cursive handwriting is going extinct: 85% percent of today’s collegians print when they write. Usability is king. Content is usable if it is quickly accessed, authoritative, easy to learn, and attractive. Whether users like the way material is presented makes all the difference. (Which is to say it isn’t a bad thing to be fresh on the scene and light on one’s feet.)

Our Publishing Focus

We work mainly in four areas of subject matter:
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Teaching Materials
  • Anglicanism
  • Liturgy
Liturgical materials are published for the Church, examples being Texts For Common Prayer and the follow-on material leading up to an ACNA Book of Common Prayer. Other titles may include one or more areas of focus; for example

Surprising Merrily

Is a teaching material on Anglicanism and Spiritual Formation. Though Anglicanism and Liturgy will be of interest mainly to Anglicans our teaching materials and Spiritual Formation titles are intended for the greater Body of Christ as well. We are at work on two such titles at present, one on the Nicene Creed and another on midlife clergy burnout.

To Be A Christian, An Anglican Catechism

Is a special case in point, covering all four of our areas of subject matter focus. Prepared by the Catechesis Task Force of the Anglican Church in North America it is now in its fifth printing and will soon be available as an eBook. It breaks new ground compared with the historic catechism in the English Book of Common Prayer, which is brief and intended to prepare young people for confirmation and church membership.

To Be A Christian

Is more comprehensive and designed specifically for adult and near adult inquirers and for all Christians seeking deeper grounding in the full reality of Christian faith and life. (Sadly, Catechesis [formal instruction of Christian disciples] has all but disappeared in today’s churches.) Of 345 Questions and Answers less than 10% are specific to Anglicanism. “What Should a Christian know?” is the main focus, as stated in the Dedication by the Catechesis Task Force:
We offer this catechism to the Church with the prayer that it may serve to build up the Body of Christ by helping many to full Christian faith and faithfulness in today’s increasingly post-Christian world.”
 
Knowing that unpublished authors usually resort to self-publishing and even previously published authors can struggle finding a publisher we try to be an open door to Anglicans. Our Board of Editorial Review considers and selects the projects we undertake. Unanimity is required for publication.
 
You may see our NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL requirements here.
 
Not all Book Proposals and manuscripts are accepted but they all receive thoughtful evaluation and a reasonably prompt response. Copyrights belong to the author unless donated to Anglican House.