Presbyterian Mission Yearbook available exclusively online

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January 4, 2016

Field day with members of Chethana, the Joining Hands network in India, a Presbyterian Hunger Program partner featured in the Jan. 14, 2016 online Presbyterian Mission Yearbook.

Field day with members of Chethana, the Joining Hands network in India, a Presbyterian Hunger Program partner featured in the Jan. 14, 2016 online Presbyterian Mission Yearbook.

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As of January 1, 2016, the 120-year old Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study is available exclusively online. A Presbyterian Mission Agency press release issued in August said, “This move broadens the reach of the book’s audience by sharing its inspiring content in a timelier manner and also demonstrates good stewardship of church resources.”

Over the past 15 years, as readership of the printed Mission Yearbook declined, the cost per book increased dramatically. In 2000, 79,108 units of the printed Mission Yearbook were sold at a single-copy unit cost of $7.50. That same year, bulk orders of over 100 copies sold to churches and other institutions at a cost $3.50 per copy.

In 2015, just 7,362 copies of the Mission Yearbook were sold for an average of $22.73 each and produced at a per-unit cost of $27.54. This represents a 91% drop in orders from 2000 and resulted in a deficit budget for the publication's production. In 2014 and 2015 the printing and distribution of the Mission Yearbook was not matched by income to the Mission Agency generated by sales of the publication. The annual production of the Mission Yearbook required subsidies of $91,495.52 and $87,922.62 in these respective years, offset by the now depleted Mission Yearbook reserve fund.

Although personnel and infrastructure costs of producing and electronically distributing the Mission Yearbook will still be incurred, the digital version of the publication is available free of charge and will be incorporated as a featured item at the new under-development Presbyterian Mission Agency website.

“We are deeply saddened to discontinue the historical print publication, which has been the center of daily devotional life for many Presbyterians,” said senior director of Communications, Kathy Francis. “With the vast majority of people accessing information online, it was the financially responsible choice to transition the book to an online-only resource.”

Stories reflecting mission will be collected by Presbyterian News Service reporters throughout the year and reformatted for use in the Mission Yearbook. Rather than waiting to collect a year’s worth of stories, these stories of current mission activities can now appear in the Mission Yearbook within a relatively short time of their first publication. The shorter turnaround time for digital stories will result in fresher content. Additionally, the online format will allow some mission stories to be told using video.

“We’re encouraged that by continuing the beautiful tradition of this book in an online format, we will be able to bring stories of mission to life in a new way,” said Francis in the August news release. “We appreciate the ongoing support of the Mission Yearbook and the prayerful financial support of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. 

The Mission Yearbook dates back to 1892 as a simple calendar of prayer to help women’s societies pray for missionaries on designated days. It has the longest history of any denominational mission and prayer book in the United States. The publication’s esteemed history is reflected in the online version of the Mission Yearbook by connecting Presbyterians to the greater church and energizing them for mission.

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The online edition of the Presbyterian Mission Yearbook is available at http://www.presbyterianmission.org/yearbook. Additional subscription options, including email and RSS feeds, can be found at http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionyearbook/.

  1. We just found out March 10th 2016 why we did not received the Mission Yearbook of Prayer. We use it every month at our meetings. We have numerous women in our PW that do not have computers and really like having the paper copy. I understand the cost but not reaching all our people. Rose at First Presbyterian Lake Crystal MN

    by Rose Tinklenberg

    March 10, 2016

  2. Looking forward to using the new online version of the Presbyterian Mission Yearbook.

    by Barbara Robinson

    February 29, 2016

  3. Please add my name to those receiving the Mission Yearbook online. I forget to read it when I am on the computer so if it were in my e-mail box I would remember. I miss the old format - I do not know the scripture that is the base for this year. I become confused as to the synod each presbytery is in. My mind is linear and this seems to have gone into the computerized "shotgun" effect. I'll keep working at it but today I remembered and had to read 5 days worth. It just isn't with my devotional books any longer but over with my computer. Thanks for your help.

    by Linda Barnett

    January 22, 2016

  4. I am a mishkid and will always have missions etched on my mind and heart. I will miss the traditional Mission Yearbook, but please add my name to those receiving it online. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    by Dorothy Grier Hamilton

    January 22, 2016

  5. I will enjoy this but I am thinking of my elder friends who used the mission book every day and now they can't get it.

    by Martha Braun

    January 20, 2016

  6. Please sigh me up to receive this onlinne. I no longer can receive this in print, but I WOULD LOVE TO RECEVE IT ONLINE.

    by Lib McPherson

    January 20, 2016

  7. please add my mom:marciamerritt1@verizon.net we want to receive the Mission Yearbook DAILY

    by nancy brandimarte

    January 20, 2016

  8. I have been using the online version of the Mission Yearbook for over a year and enjoy it very much. Times and technology change, but the message of mission around the world comes through loud and clear whether in print or electronically. Thank you for making a difficult, prudent decision.

    by Linda Langrill

    January 14, 2016

  9. I remember in our former church using the mission yearbook as part of the worship service. It was nice to see the different perspectives. Unfortunately this is what happens with rapidly declining membership driven primarily by the progressive politics of the national church. Enjoy.

    by Steve Gons

    January 9, 2016

  10. This format will make it impossible to use the Mission Yearbook for planning. I will not be able to schedule particular segments ahead or check out themes for seasons of the year, or special liturgical days.

    by Tamara Miller

    January 8, 2016

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