Literature Ministries

 

The goal of the Literature Ministries Department is to have our trained Literature Evangelists knock on every door in Arizona, leaving truth-filled literature in the homes they visit. They will also be seeking to obtain interests for Bible studies, Revelation seminars, cooking schools and any other type of interest requested by the local church.

To accomplish this task we are primarily utilizing three programs: Adult Lay Literature Ministries, Student Literature Ministries, and the SOULS WEST Leadership School.

When church members realize the importance of the circulation of our literature, they will devote more time to this work. Papers, tracts, and books will be placed in the homes of the people, to preach the Gospel in their several lines. . . . The church must give her attention to the canvassing work. This is one way in which she is to shine in the world. Then will she go forth "fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners." —Colporteur Ministry, page 7


ADULT LAY LITERATURE MINISTRIES
It is the goal of the Literature Ministries Department to recruit, train and equip at least one full or part-time Literature Evangelist for every church in the Arizona Conference.  Each Literature Evangelist will receive $250 in inventory to get him/her started. After this, books will be available for purchase up front from the Literature Ministries Department, allowing the program to stay debt free. Literature Evangelists who sell a minimum of $2,000 worth of inventory each month will qualify for health benefits. Lay pastors who sell at least $1,000 worth of inventory each month will qualify for health benefits. We currently have two adult Literature Evangelists in the Arizona Conference Literature Ministries program.

“I have been instructed that everywhere the people hear the message from the living preacher, the canvasser should carry on his work in cooperation with the minister; for though the minister may faithfully present the message, the people are not able to retain it all. The printed page is therefore essential, not only in awakening them to the importance of the truth for this time, but in rooting and grounding them in the truth and establishing them against deceptive error.”   —Colporteur Ministry, page 100


STUDENT LITERATURE MINISTRIES
The Arizona Conference has two programs in which students can earn money needed for their education, as well as learn practical lessons that will help them to grow spiritually.

The Magabook program consists of three leaders and about 18 students ranging from 16-years old through collegiate-aged. These students visit door-to-door with paperback books and leave these for a donation. The average student will earn between $2,000 and $4,000 during the course of this program.  Students also seek to obtain interests for Bible studies, Revelation seminars, cooking schools and any other type of interest requested by the local church.

The Bigbook program consists of five to ten college-aged students. These students go door-to-door selling the following sets of books: The Bible Reference Library (Conflict of the Ages), The Bible Story, Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories, and My Bible Friends. The average student will earn between $2,500 and $5,000 during the course of the Bigbook program. Students also seek to obtain interests for Bible studies, Revelation seminars, cooking schools and any other type of interest requested by the local church.

The Lord has instituted a plan whereby many of the students in our schools can learn practical lessons needful to success in afterlife. He has given us the privilege of handling precious books that have been dedicated to the advancement of our educational and sanitarium work. In the very handling of these books, the youth will meet with many experiences that will teach them how to cope with problems that await them in the regions beyond. During their school life, as they handle these books, many learn how to approach people courteously, and how to exercise tact in conversing with them on different points of present truth. As they meet with a degree of success financially, some will learn lessons of thrift and economy, which will be of great advantage to them when they are sent out as missionaries. —Review and Herald, June 4, 1908

 
SOULS WEST LEADERSHIP SCHOOL
The Arizona Conference Literature Ministries Department has a great interest in the SOULS WEST Leadership School. This is where we train leaders for the Student Magabook and Bigbook programs. Bible Work leaders are trained at this school as well. The Literature Ministries Director takes part in the teaching and mentoring of the students at this school. Students at SOULS WEST participate in several canvassing campaigns in Arizona during the school year in order to help them pay for their education. Some of the second-year students at SOULS WEST also participate in a ten-week Bible Work practicum in the Arizona Conference. From these trained Bible Workers, several students are selected to take part in a nine-month Bible Work program in one of the local Arizona Conference churches. Both of these programs are organized and overseen by the Arizona Conference Literature
Ministries Director.

“With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world!” —Education, page 271

 

     Jason Carlson, Director