It is with a heart of thanksgiving that I make this report concerning the work of the Bogard Press and the Baptist Sunday School Committee in publishing doctrinally sound literature for the churches of the American Baptist Association.
The transition from Production Supervisor to Editor in Chief is going well. However, the need to answer questions and direct the production of literature is still present. Until I am able to fill the Production Supervisor’s position, I will carry out both. The staff in the Editorial Department is doing a good job in getting the literature to the press. They are to be commended for their dedication to Bogard Press.
I am thankful for Brother Larry Clements who has been a tremendous help and support through the transition process. He has encouraged me, and I appreciate him in so many ways. I worked under his supervision for 11 years. I am grateful for what I have learned under his leadership.
Business Manager Brother Wayne Sewell has also been helpful and encouraging during the transition process. Brother Sewell and I work well together and have enjoyed previous business trips together. I look forward to working with him.
Sunday School and Baptist Training Course. The curriculum for the fall quarter for Sunday School and BTC has gone to press and is currently waiting to be bound into a finished product. The mail-out for the fall quarter curriculum should move forward on schedule.
The winter quarter’s production is ahead of schedule. The spring quarter’s materials are being received in the editorial office and are being worked into the daily workflow. The writers are to be commended for their faithfulness in writing biblically sound literature for Bogard Press and the Baptist Sunday School Committee.
SPLAT! The first quarter of the new children’s curriculum has been sent in by the writers and is currently going through the editing process. Due to the demands required in the artwork, and the shortage of artists we currently have, this will present a challenge in meeting the estimated completion date. I am praying for the Lord to direct the right artist who is willing and capable of doing the work we need.
Vacation Bible School. VBS for 2015, Camp Courageous—Equipping for Life, has been edited and has gone to the artists and typesetters for layout work. Promotional items for VBS 2015 are already being sent to the press. The date for all VBS material to go to press is in August. This may seem like a long time off, but we must and will be diligent to meet this deadline.
Bogard Press Books. We are always evaluating the need to reprint books that are unique to Bogard Press and Missionary Baptist churches. Currently, Ben M. Bogard’s book The Golden Key is being reprinted. Other books are also scheduled for reprinting. These books are printed on the Print on Demand machine. This means we can print lesser quantity of books but maintain the quality and keep the cost to a minimum.
I count it a privilege to serve the churches of the American Baptist Association in the office of editor in chief. I look forward to working with Brother Sewell and Brother Sellers. Above all, I look forward to serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is to be exalted.
I close with one of my favorite passages. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10, 11).