Church Library Month | Answers in Genesis

October is church library month and it’s a great time to think about updating or starting your church library. If your church doesn’t yet have a library, you can find great tips and ideas for getting started. here and here.

Brief history

The history of Church Libraries Month in America arguably dates back to 1946, when the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) was formed. However, the ATLA was more oriented towards the establishment of religious libraries in universities committed to advancing the study of religion and theology.

Then on November 12, 1958, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the State Church The Library Convention of Virginia was formed (changing its name to Virginia Church Library Association in 2014). This could have been the first volunteer convention church librarians. Their stated aims were to promote church library departments in the state of Virginia and beyond, to help churches in the establishment or revitalization church libraries, to inform and train church library workers, to provide a strong support network for church librarians, to promote the correlation of church ministry of libraries with all the ministries of churchand to help pastoral personnel and church program heads include the Ministry of church library and its resources.

And in 1970, evangelicals Church The Library Association was created with the motto of promoting church libraries to encourage Christian growth and help librarians and lay librarians to churches. It is also the organization that proposed the month of October as Church Library Month that same year. Since then, many church library associations came together to celebrate Church Library month.

The primary purpose of a church library should be to equip the saints and support the mission of the local body.

The main purpose of a church library should be to equip the saints and support the mission of the local body. And while some churches see libraries as “old school”, choose to remove them or replace them with libraries, church libraries are still vital and relevant ministries. And in today’s tough economy, this is more evident than ever. Some members of the congregation cannot afford to buy many Christian books, DVDs or CDs, but can easily borrow them from a church library.

A church library is a storehouse of materials that reinforces the gospel message and the church‘s teachings, helping people who want to go deeper into theology. Libraries have also become a place where individuals and families can find entertainment that encourages them and enlightens their minds instead of assaulting their values.

Answers in Genesis has great resources to help you stock your library

Many churches, however, have small (or no) libraries. What better way to start or expand your church library than by filling it with apologetic resources that will equip and encourage believers and that are firmly grounded in biblical authority? And, that your church has a small or large library, consider adding titles that contain “meat”: titles that answer the most common questions about creation/evolution, age of the earth, dinosaurs, science and the Bible.

What better way to start or expand your church library than by filling it with apologetic resources that will equip and encourage believers and are solidly grounded in biblical authority?

We also produce the award winning Answers magazine, which includes a Children’s answers section in each issue. And we have great additional materials like Bible maps and atlases so you can visualize where the events depicted in the Bible took place.

At Answers in Genesis, we produce theological and scientific apologetic resources, and you can be assured that all materials are based on Scripture as the ultimate authority. We also have children’s books, church history, devotional and biblical archeology books. And if you like music, videos, Christian fiction, and of course Bibles and commentaries, we’ve got you covered.

If your church needs multiple copies of any resource, we offer bulk discounts. Plus, if you’re in Canada or the UK, we have online stores that will ship directly to you from your own country. When you visit your country’s site (links below), you’ll automatically start shopping at those stores, saving you expensive shipping and customs fees.

During the month of October, our online store in the United States offers parish library promotions to help you fill your library. Check out all of our special resources and place your order today at AnswersBookstore.com.

Barry F. Howard