Questions and Answers on Being a Literature Evangelist
Q1 How did the publishing ministry begin?
A1 In November 1848, at a meeting held in Dorchester Massachusetts, E. G. White had a vision in which she was given a view of the proclamation of the sealing message, and of the duty of the brethren to publish the light that was shinning upon our pathway - Colporteur Ministry p 2
Q2 Why did God ordain the publishing ministry?
A2 God has ordained the publishing ministry as a means of presenting before the people light contained in our books. Colporteur Ministry p 6
Q3 How important is the publishing ministry?
A3 "If there is one work more important than another it is that of getting our publications before the public, thus leading them to search the scriptures." Colporteur Ministry p 8
Q4 How different are Seventh-day Adventists church books from the others being circulated?
A4 Flooding the market are actually worthless publications written for the sake of making money, from our books and papers bright beams of light shine forth to enlighten the world in regard to present truth.
Q5 Is the canvassing work missionary work?
A5 Yes. Selling Seventh-day Adventist church literature is evangelistic work of the highest order.
Q6 What is the fulfilment of the 1848 vision about the publishing ministry?
A6 They are now 58 publishing house operated by the Seventh-day Adventist church, producing thousands of pieces of literature in more that 300 languages, more than 40,000 literature evangelists. The publishing ministry has contributed immensely to the growth of the church.
Q7 What is the future of the publishing ministry?
A7 As long as probation continues there will be an opportunity for the literature evangelists to work. Colporteur Ministry p 12
Q8 Who can be a literature evangelist?
A8 Any Seventh-day Adventist church member in regular standing.
Q9 As a professional should I quit my job to be a literature evangelist?
A9 Not at all. If you feel God had not called you to be a full-time literature evangelist you can do it part-time.
Q10 Will I receive any form of income for doing the work?
A10 Yes. You will receive a commission on every sale you make.
Q11 Just how ready is the market for our books?
A11 There are many who are seeking for light in the darkness. If our papers, tracks and books expressing the truth in plain Bible language could be widely circulated many will find that they are just what they want. Testimonies Vol. 4 p 389
Q12 We are living in a high-tech age, won't the printed page become obsolete?
A12 Oh no! Literature evangelism is the quickest and cheapest way of proclaiming the gospel.
Q13 If I decide to become a full-time literature evangelist will I be eligible for church retirement?
A13 No. Literature evangelists in the BUC are strictly self-supporting church workers who are not on the church pension scheme.