Nazarene Publishing House continues to move forward with significant innovation in a season of reinvention. By implementing a restructure focused on increased efficiencies and cost savings, NPH has regained financial stability, according to Interim CEO Mark D. Brown.
As a result of the 2014 reduction in staff and a changing business model, the NPH Board has approved the sale of the administrative offices located on Troost Avenue in Kansas City to Kansas City Public Schools to be utilized as the district headquarters.
“We are taking advantage of an opportunity to right size the company,” Brown said. “With our reduced need for office space, we will be able to downsize and still remain near our service providers.”
Brown said NPH is pursuing relocation options within two miles of the present site in order to maintain a necessary proximity to the printing facility and the distribution center, which will remain on Troost. Brown expects the transition to a new space to occur sometime after the beginning of 2016. No disruption in services will occur with the move, and the NPH phone and PO Box numbers will remain the same.
In another move forward for NPH, Brown announced the relaunch of Lillenas Publishing Company, the music imprint of Nazarene Publishing House. The nearly 100-year-old music company, founded in 1924, had halted the production of new product in late 2014. Considerations were given to selling the business, but the NPH Board of Directors concluded that at this time Lillenas needs to be a vital part of the publishing ministry going forward.
The new Lillenas leadership team will be led by long-time NPH director Mark Parker, Brown said. Lillenas will premier several new releases in the fall of 2015, including the 2016 Easter product, which will release by the end of November. Christmas releases for 2016 will soon go to the studio for recording. Moving forward, Lillenas will focus once again on meeting the needs of the ever-changing music culture of the church.
“Both the sale of the administrative offices and the relaunch of Lillenas are good news for Nazarene Publishing House,” said NPH Board President Bob Brower. “These moves are significant pieces in strategic planning for the next five years. Under Mark Brown’s leadership, the NPH team is creating a new future for this 100-year-old company.”