the road ahead

Small Giants
November 1, 2008, 1:42 am
Filed under: business, ministry

Understanding who you are in business helps you manage your expectations for your organization and for your customers. As NavPress moves forward, our leadership team has given considerable thought concerning our place in the Christian publishing world. We recognize that we aren’t the largest Christian publisher. We don’t have the largest staff or a large amount of capital for new product development.

But we do know who we are. As a leadership team we have determined NavPress will operate as a small giant. We want to be giant in our impact on producing spiritual-formation products that lead to the transformation of people’s lives.

So how do we measure our work as a small giant? Well here is our list, which I don’t mind sharing with all who read this blog.

1. NavPress will be the best in producing spiritual-formation and leadership products.

2. NavPress will not set revenue growth as our first priority.

3. NavPress will focus on financial profitability based first on mission, then on finances.

4. NavPress will be a great place for our employees to work.

5. NavPress will provide great service to our customers.

6. NavPress will maintain great relationships with our suppliers/vendors.

7. NavPress will make a significant contribution to our local community.

8. NavPress will encourage employees to live in balance in their lives.

9. NavPress will provide a growing amount of financial support for The Navigators’ mission.

We at NavPress understand our place and stewardship responsibilities in the Christian publishing world.  I can’t tell you how many times we have heard from customers who are very supportive of our focusing again on our core mission.

NavPress intends to work as a small giant. We welcome your input and opinions to help us be better at our work.


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Way to go Mike and NavPress! I applaud your setting the pace of doing business and ministry this way! Thanks to all of you, Mike Jordahl

Comment by Mike Jordahl

Knowing who you are and what you want to be are two different ideas. But in order to be what you want to be, you HAVE to know who you are. I am excited to see Navpress first recognizing who they arent and focusing on who they are so that they can continue to move effectively in directions that they want to be.

Comment by E

I’m glad to be a part of the ministry that God has given us to do at NavPress. Well said by our fearless leader!

Comment by Julie

“Hi! How are ya’ll…Do use guys know of any NAV people that live in the Sumter South Carolina area? Shaw A.F.Base is located here.I worship GOD in town here at the big Church called Alice Drive Baptist Church.Our Pastor is Clay Smith. His blog is – If there are any NAV people in this area that are looking to plug in with like? minded people? I’d like to meet them.Some of us do a jail ministry.
Here is what’s on my mind greatly at this time.In Matthew chptr. 25, The WORD says:to them,’Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My breathren, you did it to Me.’ The righteous go away into everlasting life.
“At this point, I don’t know if I could commit myself to street evangelism. I sure dream of that though! This past week? my wife and I attended this supper that was held in this old used-to-be jail building. the big ole black Majior stood up and spoke some words that began building a fire up under me. I’m wanting to get with these jail folks sometime Sundays and really WORSHIP GOD! Pray that I’ll get there please!! Thanks Bro. If anyone there knows Bud Nelson, please tell him I said Hi! Will he remember little ole John Poston? Bye, In Christ, John… vist READ, READ, READ.

Comment by John Poston

Well said Mike. Keep up the good leadership. I hope we can continue to develop good connections between the arts and NavPress. Im sure our joint venture in sponsoring a PLein Air Paint out next May will be a first good start.


Comment by Gary Bradley

You guys are my favorite small giant!!

Comment by Pete Wilson

You have the opportunity to set the standard for transformation of the ministry into the emergence of the relationship economy.

I will do my best to support you.

Comment by Jay Deragon

I’ve always marveled at how God chooses the weak things of the world to confound the wise. Nav doesn’t have to be big to be mightily used by God!

Comment by Sherrie Eldridge


You have done a great job identifying who you are and what your mission is. This will give you a major competitive advantage. Also, I love the photo!


Comment by Michael S. Hyatt


The needs are great in our time. The giants of materialism, idolatry, despising truth and authority, etc. require us to seek God Who jealously loves us and will transform us as we surrender to His love.

To publish great in the arenas of spiritual transformation and leadership, we must humbly pursue these internally at NavPress. Thanks for being a great pace setter in both!!

Comment by Ralph Ennis

Wow…. The challenges in spiritual formation and leadership today are HUGE!
Here’s trusting with you that NavPress will be empowered mightily by God to see lives and leaders change to advance the Gospel into the nations!

Comment by Dennis Stokes

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