I haven’t found anyone in church leadership who saw this coming. There aren’t stories of prescient church planners and innovators who had prepared for the day when nearly every church had to stop all programming, including Sunday worship services, and find ways to communicate with their members while they were largely confined to their homes.
As a Christian publisher, we’ve faced different problems, including international supply chain issues, printing and delivery delays, and a halt in plans to provide resources to churches that aren’t meeting.
One thing that has remained strong here at Tyndale is the demand by individuals for Bibles. People are indeed seeking out God’s Word as much around them has collapsed. I’m sure we’d all agree there has never been a better time to dive deeply into God’s Word.
It may be that God will use this time to turn our generation to unprecedented repentance and faithfulness. I think that you’ll agree that a deep and lasting revival will depend on a groundswell of biblical literacy.
Perhaps you have faced in your church what research has shown to be the case nationally: regular church attenders love and respect the Bible, but less than 40 percent of them are reading the Bible regularly.
So, how can pastors and church leaders promote biblical literacy and reading the Bible regularly?
We believe there are four keys:
- Readability – The individual’s ability to easily read the passage.
- Portability – An individual’s ability to take scripture anywhere.
- Understandability – Tools an individual can use to understand the meaning of the text.
- Accessibility – Study materials and devotional guides an individual can use to practically apply what they are reading.
This month the Tyndale team has launched The Filament Collection, a highly relevant suite of Bibles that combines readability, portability, study materials, and devotional depth. Filament is a fascinating, enjoyable, and comprehensive tool that can impact Bible literacy and provide a reading experience that can attract serious new readers.
We pray that, together with the bold and persistence ministry of pastors and church leaders, this season will be a catalyst for regular Bible reading and spread of the gospel.