Did you know we’re blessed to have one of the two remaining local brick-and-mortar Christian bookstores right inside our church? Sadly, over the last few years, all the Christian bookstores in our area have closed. Not only have we lost these wonderful bookstores, but we’ve lost ministry outposts. The ministry of a Christian bookstore goes beyond helping people find just the right resource for the next step in their spiritual walk. The team of staff and volunteers serves a critical role in ministering to the people in our community, connecting with customers through prayer, and helping people navigate complex issues along life’s journey.
We asked some of our congregants what they love about the Northland Bookstore, and here’s what they had to say:
“It has provided me with direction and resources to go deeper and take the next step in my faith walk.” - Carroll.
“I love being able to physically touch the pages before making a decision. I look forward to sitting on the floor and looking over the introduction, the index, the table of contents, and even the foreword of Christian books.” - Charlene.
“I love the people. Knowledge is wonderful, but it’s moreover the staff are happy to see you, I know their faith is strong, and they listen to your needs. And for such a small space, they have a tremendous collection for people at all stages of their faith walk.” - Bob.
“I get to do church every time I walk in there. Whether it's a Tuesday afternoon and I need a birthday card or a Sunday after church, I get to talk about God and laugh and just be the church within those walls. It's a safe space and I've always enjoyed it. The staff have taken the time to build relationships with me and I just feel very at home in our bookstore.” - Jenny
“I think the staff are true salt-of-the-earth people and hope that they remain a conduit to seeking His truth.” - Gregory.
Did you also know that you can support the Northland Bookstore not just with your purchases but with your time as well? Our bookstore volunteers are an amazing group of people who love the Lord and love others.
“As a volunteer, I have experienced numerous conversations that have encouraged me as well as seen how God allowed me to encourage someone else. The stories of how God is working in people's lives have been amazing.” - LeDonna.
“The bookstore has given me the opportunity to minister to the congregants on a weekly basis. I so enjoy getting to know all the people that come into the bookstore. Sometimes it’s just a friendly hello, other times an opportunity to pray for the hurting. The bookstore gave me a purpose to be intentional with my time and share the love to Christ to others. It also got me to get to know more people so I could have community and fellowship with them. Some of my dearest friends are people I met in the bookstore at Northland! There is a community of believers that encourage and lift me up every time I walk through the doors.” - Tina.
“If you are looking for a way to contribute to the life of your church, consider volunteering in the Bookstore. … From the first day I walked in, I knew that God had called me there.” - Nancy.
So, what are you waiting for? If you haven’t been in the bookstore for a while or ever, stop by soon! Pray about whether God would have you serve in the bookstore. Be part of this critical ministry and be a blessing to others while getting blessed yourself!