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THE FOUNDRY STORY


The year was 1716.  Europe was recovering after the end of the War of Spanish Succession. To celebrate the long-awaited peace, the British determined to recast the captured cannons of the French into new cannons for the English. But a flawed casting process created an explosion at the local foundry, rattling the community to its core and killing or injuring many of the celebrants. For decades, the forge stood cold and abandoned atop Windmill Hill in London—until one winter day when a young John Wesley found himself preaching to a large crowd from the steps of the old building.

The forge soon became the Foundry Church—the birthplace and cradle of a new theology. The Foundry Church grew quickly to more than 1,000 people. The congregation did more than gather on Sunday morning. Members made loans to the needy, provided medical care to the sick, set up a school, and offered housing for widows and orphans. The Foundry Church forged a new way of sharing Christ with the world. This theology of a personal and corporate holiness—a commitment to justice and compassion forged within the Foundry Church—reflects our vision at Nazarene Publishing House.

For more than a century, NPH has served as a foundry of a different sort, setting hot type and pressing ink to paper in order to share a theology of hope and love that transforms culture. The days of lead typesetting are gone, but our purpose to empower transformation remains. Just as, 300 years ago, John Wesley imagined from the steps of a burned-out building how he could more effectively spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, we also have a clear vision: as the world’s leading publisher of Wesleyan-Holiness resources, we are called to give voice to a radically optimistic theology of transformation.

With this in mind, NPH is returning to our beginnings. Starting February 2018, we will become The Foundry Publishing—a place where faith is forged.

 
 
 
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Our FUTURE

 

In an ever-unfolding story, God provided Nazarene Publishing House the unique opportunity to begin again. We have set our new course with the same values we have always cherished, yet we are now able to be more nimble, responsive, and connected to our partners in ministry. We look forward to your collaboration!

We are reimagining our future. Our new name will help us cross boundaries and forge new relationships to offer our unique Nazarene voice to the larger Christian conversation.

 
 
 
 
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OUR MISSION

The church lives in a new day and a changing time. The good work of The Foundry Publishing is to empower people with life-changing ways to engage in the mission of God. We invite you to join us as we lean into God’s call to imagine and proclaim the power of a holy people to change the world.

 
 
 
 
 
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New Resources

 
 
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FAQs

 

Will your primary focus still be the Church of the Nazarene?

Yes. We remain deeply committed to our denominational mandate to serve our pastors, leaders, and congregations with the finest Wesleyan-Holiness resources available. This includes Sunday school curriculum for all ages, small group materials, pastoral ministry resources, commentaries and textbooks, children’s resources, and music from Lillenas Publishing.

 

Why a new name?

In an ever-unfolding story, God has gifted NPH with a new beginning. With this fresh start comes a unique opportunity to forge new relationships and offer our unique Nazarene voice to the larger Christian conversation. We live in a changing culture, but the purpose of Nazarene Publishing House to proclaim the transformational message of holiness remains.


How will The Foundry Publishing be different from NPH?

The church lives in a new day and a changing time. The mission of The Foundry Publishing will be to empower people with life-changing ways to engage in the mission of God.

As the world’s leading publisher of Wesleyan-Holiness resources, we are called to give voice to a radically optimistic theology of transformation. We have set our new course with the same values we have always cherished, yet we are now able to be more nimble, responsive, collaborative, and connected to our partners in ministry.
 

Will The Foundry Publishing be your international brand?

No. In order to eliminate brand confusion and to reinforce our commitment to the international community, Nazarene Publishing House will remain our imprint for resources outside North America.


How did you choose the name The Foundry?

Our new name is a multi-layered metaphor that comes with a rich Wesleyan history. In 1739, John Wesley established the Foundry Church in the remnants of an abandoned cannon forge on the outskirts of London. The Foundry Church became the cradle of a new holiness theology as members made loans to the needy, provided medical care to the sick, established a school, and housed widows and orphans. This commitment to justice and compassion forged in the Foundry Church has long reflected our vision at Nazarene Publishing House.

For more than a century, NPH has served as a foundry of a different sort, setting hot type and pressing ink to paper in order to share a theology of hope and love that transforms communities and cultures—one heart at a time.

“The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.” Proverbs 17:3 (ESV)


Will the publishing house phone number remain the same?

Yes, our mailing address and phone number have not changed. Our mailing address is still PO BOX 419527, KANSAS CITY, MO 64141 and we can be reached by calling 1-800-877-0700.
 

Will I still receive my order blank mailing for curriculum?

Yes, you will still receive an order blank mailing each quarter. Beginning in March 2018 your order blank mailing will be branded The Foundry Publishing.


Will Adult Faith Connections curriculum still be available?

The Faith Connections name and availability will not change. Beginning in March 2018 Faith Connections will be branded The Foundry Publishing. We are excited to offer an updated and streamlined methodology, new media including teaching videos and podcasts, as well as additional resources.


What will happen to Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, Barefoot Ministries, and WordAction?

In February 2018, these brands will transition to The Foundry Publishing, and all children's resources will become The Foundry Kids.


Will Lillenas change its name?

Lillenas will not change its name.


Where do I go to order resources?

You can still order resources at NPH.com, wordaction.com, barefootonline.com, and beaconhillbooks.com. Beginning in February 2018, all resources will be found in one location at TheFoundryPublishing.com. At that time, all NPH websites will automatically redirect you to the new website.