Introduction to Literary Ministry
What is Literary Ministry?
the needs of people through writing.
Serving Various Audiences
General public, friends, family
Seekers of various religions
Seekers from various Christian denominations
Believers of different age groups
Workers and ministers
Effects of Literary
The written message can be
read anywhere anytime
around the world can read about the faith, even in the privacy of their own
homes, at any time of the day.
The written message
preaches without the preacher
can reach places where the gospel has not been heard, even before a preacher
goes there to preach. Writings can continue to touch lives even after the
persons who wrote them are no longer present.
The Bible is the best
example of literary ministry
to preserve His revelation to the human race over generations in the written
Word, which has been translated into hundreds of languages. Through the Bible,
God has transformed the lives of countless men, women, and children over the
ages. The Bible itself is a testimony to the power of preaching through
Goal of Literary Ministry
the Lord’s commission.
Preach to all creation
“Go into all the world
and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mk 16:15)
articles, testimonies, and Bible study outlines, we proclaim the good news of
our Lord Jesus Christ and the complete teachings of salvation.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and
lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Mt 28:19-20)
it is in the form of articles on daily Christian living, lesson-by-lesson
guides on spiritual growth, Bible study references, or training materials on
becoming a worker of Christ, literary ministry aims to help all believers to be
faithful followers of the Lord.
Feed His sheep
Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.” (Jn 21:16)
devotionals, exhortations, reflections on God’s word, and creative pieces,
literary ministry provides spiritual nourishment for the soul.
Serving through Various
magazines, booklets, books, pocket-size references, etc.
sites, email, forums, etc.
handheld devices, etc.
Examples of Print
that address common objections that people raise about the Christian faith
that contain real life stories of how God’s great love and power brought people
to know Christ personally, as well as testimonies of people whose lives God has
touched and changed
of booklets, written in simple language, that provides a Bible-based
explanation of the ten basic beliefs of the True Jesus Church
that address commonly asked questions that inquirers have about the basic
progress, books that provide a comprehensive and in-depth study of the basic
beliefs of the True Jesus Church, comparing them with views of other faiths and
denominations and pointing out the correct biblical interpretations
quarterly magazine that helps the reader make the connection between biblical
truths and daily life; contains articles on practical living, Bible studies,
doctrinal studies, and personal testimonies
progress, a series of guides on being a disciple of Jesus Christ; covers a wide
range of Christian living topics for various age groups and address common
issues in our personal lives; and aims to make believers faithful and mature
followers of Christ
Bible study guides
that help believers study the Bible in greater depth; shows the user how to
focus on individual passages, discover God’s truths, and apply the teachings to
Training Guides and
made available online, a full spectrum of training materials compiled and
written by ministers and seminar instructors for the purpose of guiding workers
in various areas of sacred work
Bible reading charts
believers to read the Bible daily and helps keep track of their progress
Basic beliefs pocket
reference for personal evangelism, listing key points and verses supporting the
basic beliefs of salvation
Prayer explanation card
first-time visitors to the church, a card that provides a simple explanation on
how to pray
Visitors information card
local churches to collect information from first-time visitors to the church
for the purpose of follow-up work
with the name and web site of the church, a great tool to tell others about the
The word went out
of how people came to the Lord through literary ministry:
early 1926, Deacon John Voon of SingaporeChurch sent a copy of the Holy Spirit
Times to Mr. Tsen En Fook
of Jesselton, North Borneo.
As Mr. Tsen was preoccupied with his business he did
not have time to study it but instead he sent it to a friend in Sandakan, Lee Siak Lin, with a note “A True Church has arisen.” After
reading the Holy Spirit Times, Lee Siak Lin was
deeply moved. Because of a fervent desire to seek the truth, he boarded a ship
and located the True Jesus Church there. After studying the truth for some
time, he received water baptism on January 11, 1927. Three days later he
received the Holy Spirit. Then, Elder Tan Chien Sing
and Dn John Voon, together
with a few others, travelled with him to Sandakan
to preach the truth there. Thus, the first church in Sabah
was established. Now, we have 76 churches and over 12,700 members in Sabah.
leader of a Christian group in Kenya
visited London and met a brother from Ghana who
happened to live in the neighborhood where this leader was staying. The brother
introduced the gospel to him and gave him some church publications to read.
Upon returning to Kenya,
he contacted the International Assembly, which later sent ministers to preach
the perfect gospel to the group he was with. Consequently, a large number of
them received the message and joined the True Jesus Church. There are now over
400 True Jesus Church members in Kenya.
young man in the Philippines
was a student at a theological seminary. One day, he stumbled onto a box of
booklets that was covered with dust and shoved away in a corner of the seminary
office. He took out one of the booklets, titled Words of Life (a set of booklets
published by the True Jesus Church), and began reading. After studying the
doctrines taught in the booklets, he contacted the church in Singapore. He
became one of the first converts in the Philippines.
1981, after an unfruitful missionary effort in Nigeria,
a few True Jesus Church preachers were heading back home and transiting in Liberia. While
waiting for their flight in Liberia,
they decided to pass out all of the flyers they had on hand at the airport. One
of the passersby who took a flyer read it afterwards and wrote to the church to
express interest in the gospel. This opened the way for subsequent missionary
trips, thereby leading to the establishment of churches in this country. As of
today, there are more than 300 believers in Liberia.
Your Part in Literary
Through your constant prayer, the Lord will make
use of the written word to move the hearts of readers. We sow the seed and
water the plant, but it is God who makes it grow.
Pray that God may motivate more workers to take
part in literary ministry.
If you have the gift of writing, keep a journal
and write down your inspirations and personal reflections. Take the ones that
have potential, expand upon them, and email them to our editors at:
Write and share your personal testimony of God’s
grace and power and submit them to our editors. God may want to use your
testimony to touch another person’s heart. You may also interview someone who
has received God’s grace and help him or her put it in
Transcribe sermons and send us the transcripts.
Ideally, they are accompanied by a corresponding outline of the sermon.
Volunteer to translate existing content from
publications or web content in another language.
If you have background in editing content, we
would love to hear from you!
financial contributions will help further the ministry in many ways.
Print and mailing costs
increased funding, we would be able to forward our publications to a larger
population around the world via more promotional channels. We would be able to
provide more materials to seekers who express interest in learning the gospel.
currently extremely short of writers and editors who have the gift and
dedication to serve in this ministry. We do not have enough people who can
write feature articles, Christian living resources, Bible study guides,
doctrinal studies, training materials, etc.
we want to reach a diverse audience with an increasing range of media, it means
creating more types of content such as e-newsletters, commentaries on current
events, innovative content for people of various age groups, etc. We will also
eventually need people who will be able to provide advice and counseling in
writing by email or online forums. It is our hope and prayer that we will have
full-time workers who can devote themselves to all these important areas of
to support more workers in the long term, we need to build up a substantial
amount of fund. This is where your financial contribution plays a crucial role
in the ministry.