Building on the Reformed tradition, the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation seeks to glorify God by contributing to the spiritual and intellectual vitality of Christ's church. To that end, PPC publishes resources that advance religious scholarship, stimulate conversation about moral values, and inspire faithful living.
The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) is the denominational publisher for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), but the materials it issues under its Westminster John Knox Press imprint cover the spectrum of modern religious thought and represent the work of scholarly and popular authors of many different religious affiliations. PPC's Geneva Press imprint is for a specifically Presbyterian audience.
PPC publishes approximately 95 new books and other resources each year and manages a backlist of more than 1,600 titles that are sold throughout the world. In addition, PPC produces These Days devotional magazine four times a year.
In 2006 PPC introduced The Thoughtful Christian, an online, ecumenical resource center located at www.TheThoughtfulChristian.com. The Thoughtful Christian contains more than 150 units for adults and more than 20 units for teenagers. The studies are designed for individuals and groups in Presbyterian churches, as well as churches of other denominations. The units for adults cover topics in the following areas: Bible and theology, Christian living, spirituality, contemporary issues, and popular culture. The units for teenagers address biblical, theological, and spiritual themes; popular culture; and issues of Christian lifestyle.
For nearly 170 years, PPC and its predecessors have served clergy, scholars, students, and laypeople. Most of its publications are used in the spiritual formation of clergy and laity, the training of seminarians, the dissemination of religious scholars' work, and the preparation for ministry of lay church leaders. One of PPC's principal aims is to help readers of its publications achieve biblical and theological literacy.
PPC is a nonprofit corporation that receives no mission dollars from the PC(USA) but sustains itself entirely through sales of its publications. It has long been known for sound business practices and excellent customer service. PPC has generated positive operating revenue in all but one year of its corporate existence. The corporation invests surplus funds in research and development, new products, and a generous Benevolence Plan that supports ministers, congregations, seminaries, and other institutions around the world.
PPC promotes its books and resources at special events, through direct mail and catalog programs, through sales calls on book buyers, and on this Web site.
PPC has published numerous works by world-renowned authors from across the theological spectrum including John Barton, Brian Blount, Walter Brueggemann, John Buchanan, Frederick Buechner, Cynthia Campbell, Tony Campolo, Brevard Childs, Marva Dawn, Catherine and Justo Gonz‡lez, Tom Long, Reinhold Niebuhr, H. Richard Niebuhr, Eugene Peterson, Letty Russell, William Sloane Coffin, Barbara Brown Taylor, Marjorie Thompson, Cornel West, Will Willimon, Brian Wren, and N. T. Wright.
PPC has endorsed Cokesbury as its official retail partner to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Cokesbury sells books, religious apparel, furnishings, candles, jewelry, music, and other church supplies through a national catalog program for Presbyterians and operates more than seventy stores around the country. Individuals and churches who wish to purchase PPC items should call Cokesbury at 1-800-672-1789, visit www.cokesbury.com, or locate Cokesbury's stores.
As an entity of the General Assembly, PPC is governed by a board of directors, who are elected in accordance with the requirements of the General Assembly Nominating Committee (GANC), taking into consideration a balance of ordained, lay, gender, racial ethnicity, geography, and age classification. In addition, the unique distinction of PPC's financially self-sustaining nature requires a diverse board of directors with specialized business expertise.
PPC has instituted various benevolence programs for the express purposes of assisting those in need and contributing to the larger mission of the PC(USA). Included in PPC's benevolence program are the following:
- Equipping the Saints - PPC provides free resources to newly ordained ministers to assist them as they begin their ministry to the church. Approximately nine hundred new ministers received assistance between 2006 and 2007.
- In the Beginning - A package of congregational resources is provided to every new church development as its congregation gets started in the initial steps of building a community of faith. These resources include The Book of Order, The Book of Confessions: Study Edition, The Book of Common Worship, and Presbyterian Polity for Church Officers.
- Disaster Assistance - Churches that have experienced a catastrophic loss and are trying to recover from its consequences receive a replacement package of resources, including copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal and The Book of Common Worship.
- Books without Borders - PPC provides current publications to international seminaries in the second and third worlds.
- Overseas Publishing Ministry - PPC, in consultation with the World Mission Program Area, has donated state-of-the art desktop publishing equipment and provided training and technical support in all facets of the publishing process to an ecumenical publishing ministry in Latin America: Centro Evangelico de Estudieos Pastorales en America Central (Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America). In addition, PPC is aiding Editrice Claudiana, the preeminent Protestant publisher in Italy.
- Robert W. Bohl Racial - Ethnic Internship Program - PPC provides an eight- to ten-week internship in its offices to a racial-ethnic student from a PC(USA) seminary interested in considering religious publishing as a ministry option.
- Readers' Service - PPC, again in cooperation with the World Mission Program Area, is providing assistance on the development of a Web site to index books available to mission personnel in the United States and abroad.
- New Revised Standard Version Bible Translation and Utilization - PPC provides publishing expertise through a designated representative to this important committee of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.