When Two Become One: Kingsway CLC Trust
On 1 November 2019, CLC UK celebrated its 78th birthday. Birthdays are constantly a time to reflect – to look back, and to look forward. CLC has been used by God in countless ways over those 78 years and, as we celebrated at our 75th anniversary, we are ‘ Forever Grateful ’. The stories of changed lives, of commitment to Christ, and of many helped in their spiritual walk are the rationality why CLC exists .
It is obviously discernible that our populace has changed beyond recognition during this prison term. Almost everything is available within a few clicks on the computer, and the way we access and consume information would not be recognised by our grandparents. CLC has had to face up to those realities – bookshops do not work in the same way as before ; people buy books online ; they read eBooks and listen to audio books ; and ours is a ocular senesce, with images and the speak discussion on screen often more significant communicators than written words alone .
As we prayed through these issues, the Lord impressed on us the necessitate for partnership. We assumed this meant closer working relationships with others involved with Christian books and media. We did not, however, expect that a relationship of this sort would develop into a broad fusion of two organisations ! In fair a few months, discussions led to prayer, which led to a decision : CLC UK would merge with the Kingsway Trust. The legal summons was completed on September 25, and the joint operation is now known as the Kingsway CLC Trust. This new structure is in full recognised by, and remains separate of, CLC International .
The Kingsway Trust is strong in areas where CLC needs to grow. For case, they have airless relationships with movie producers and a clear on-line scheme. We are very agitate about the possibilities for christian films, which now have access to UK film, and for the opportunity to have a function in promoting them to the general public. On the other hand, CLC has a great reputation as a jobber and has an established history in retail.

The Kingsway Trust has now closed its warehouse in Eastbourne, with all logistics being moved to our Chester warehouse. Our distribution department will become stronger and therefore better able to support the freelancer bookshop. Our web site scheme will become more focus as some traditional bookshops conclude. At the same time, some stimulate, but different, retail opportunities are opening up. More of that in subsequent issues of this magazine !

A marriage made in heaven ? God spoke to us very clearly about trees being grafted together, and there is a great sense of one as we move forward together.

Neil Wardrope – Kingsway CLC Trust Missions

Neil Wardrope

Neil is the CLC UK Missions Director .

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