Publications Chrétiennes is a Quebec publishing house founded in 1958. Its mission is to publish or distribute the Bible, as well as books and brochures that expose its teaching, that demonstrate its topicality and relevance and which encourage spiritual growth in Jesus Christ.
Christian Publications is a non-profit organization, registered with Revenue Canada and entitled to issue tax receipts. It is governed by an independent board of directors, whose members include workers, theologians, and businessmen and women. Its team of employees is made up of a general manager, a publishing manager, an accountant, a graphic designer, a production manager and a customer service and shipping clerk. . Publications Chrétiennes also uses many freelancers and volunteers to take care of the translation and production of the books. The books we publish are chosen and approved by the team in place and by the board of directors. They are distributed on our online store, in Christian bookstores, local churches, and by missionaries in Quebec, Canada, the United States, French-speaking Europe, Africa and Haiti. We are also present in several evangelical conferences and events across Quebec.
In 1958, Mr. Norman Buchanan began to edit publications for the evangelical work in Quebec. At this time, commercial printers sometimes refused to print "Protestant" books and advertising.
Normand moved to Cap-de-la-Madeleine (Trois-Rivières) and, for 4 years, Publications Chrétiennes installed its equipment in the basement of the Assemblée Chrétienne du Cap. During this period, our equipment had to be continually moved to free up space for Sunday School. In 1962, the current premises were built opposite the Church. They were then enlarged in 1964, then in 1976.
Printing presses, typography equipment, folders, staplers and binding machines have been added over the years. A partnership with Radio Bible Class was formed in 1978, and until 2013 we produced Our Daily Bread.
In 1980, technologies had changed and the equipment in place was increasingly obsolete. It was then that the decision was made to turn to commercial printing services and to close our production department to focus more on publishing.
In 1998, Christian Publications began translating Bible commentaries and began publishing John MacArthur's 33-volume series of New Testament books. It was 17 years later, in the summer of 2015, that the last volume of this series appeared, totaling approximately 9500 pages. Several other useful books for the Christian walk and the ministry of the local Church have appeared so far with Publications Chrétiennes, under the imprint of Editions Impact. We find authors such as D. A. Carson, Paul Enns, Alexander Strauch, Alfred P. Gibbs, Kevin DeYoung, and many others.
In 2010, Christian Publications acquired several pieces of equipment to produce some of its books itself.In 2011, a 1100-page concordance was editedawith the help of young computer experts in the local church and a new series of Bible commentaries named "Exégétix" was introduced by the publication of the excellent commentary on the Gospel of John written by D A. Carson. The second volume in this series, Letter to the Ephesians by Peter O'Brien, was published in 2013. We have also undertaken the translation of a third volume, the book Colossians and to Philemon by Douglas J. Moo.
It was also in 2013 that we finally realized our dream of bringing together a series of commentaries in a single volume. To do this, we have chosen the excellent "Seeker's Bible Commentary" written by the professors of Dallas Theological Seminary. The commentary on the New Testament had existed in French since 1989, but it had been difficult to find it for a few years. So we started by re-editing the big volume on the New Testament. As of today, nearly 4,000 copies have been sent to the third world. As for the translation of the Commentary on the Old Testament, we published the last of five volumes in December 2014. Then, in the summer of 2015, we brought together in one bound volume all of the Seeker's commentaries on the Old Testament.
Each year, several pallets of our books are sent to French-speaking Africa and Haiti. Books destined for these Third World countries are sold virtually at printing cost – translation and preparation costs being met by donations from Christians who support the ministry of translation to which the Lord has called us.
There are still many books of the Bible for which there are no suitable commentaries in English that could help those who teach the Word. Nearly 85% of evangelical churches in the Third World are led by pastors who have virtually no formal training for ministry, and many do not have access to good theological books. There is therefore a serious lack of quality tools for the training of the servants of the Lord. Thus, we work, year after year, to meet these needs, while relying on the Lord to give us the strength and the resources to advance his work.
To date, we have published over 150 books, each with between 80 and 2200 pages. We are grateful for the good hand of the Lord upon us, for the honor of serving Him through Christian literature, and for the support of the people of God.