Joseph D. Small, director of Theology, Worship and Education Ministries, has named Clare Lewis publisher of Congregational Ministries Publishing. The appointment furthers the implementation of CMP’s recently revised strategic business plan.
The General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC) recently approved the strategic plan that will lead CMP to financial self-sustainability in all English language resources. In the revised business model, sale of resources will cover expenses for all English language material. The GAMC will continue to support the net cost of educational resources in Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, and Braille as an integral part of the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
"Clare Lewis has served Congregational Ministries Publishing with excellence as executive editor for finance, marketing, and sales,” says Small. “She brings a wealth of experience in both publishing and the life of the church to her new responsibilities.” Prior to joining the CMP staff, Lewis worked in religious publishing, has been an educational resource center director, and a youth minister.
According to Lewis “under the leadership of Joe Small, CMP made the changes necessary to become a thriving publishing unit that makes a significant contribution to the ministry of building disciples for the greater good of the church. Our job now is to simply follow the plan.
CMP has had notable success in the launch of the newly revised denominational curriculum, We Believe: God’s Word for God’s People. Sales have increased fifteen percent year-to-date over last year, and feedback from the constituency has been overwhelmingly positive. A new adult curriculum, Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding, is set to launch this fall. Edited by Donald McKim, Being Reformed features biblically based mini- courses that provide adults with a foundational understanding of Reformed faith and life.
Congregational Ministries Publishing is mandated by GAMC to produce cost effective, denominational curricula for Presbyterians of all ages. CMP strives to achieve this mandate faithfully and effectively by providing educational resources for churches of all sizes, for ages from birth to adult, and for Presbyterians who study in both English and non-English languages.