Gospel Light will now publish the popular K.I.D.S. Church Sunday school material
In order to focus more on the books and magazines published by Strang Communications, Stephen and Joy Strang have sold their CharismaLife curriculum in two phases.

The CharismaLife Sunday school curriculum was sold July 1 to One Accord Resources Inc., a consortium of Pentecostal denominations and fellowships that joined forces in 1999 to produce a common Sunday school curriculum that fit their theological distinctives.

In January, the Strangs announced that Ventura, Calif.-based Gospel Light had purchased the publishing rights, customer database and inventory for The Next Generation K.I.D.S. Church products, which has been the most successful part of Strang's curriculum publishing enterprise. Financial details of the sales were kept confidential.

"Our decision to sell was not an easy one," said Stephen Strang, CEO of Strang Communications. "In our company's history, we have never sold any part of our company. But we decided we are trying to focus on too many things. In order to give a greater priority to our book area, which is exploding, and also to focus on our core magazine business, we felt that this was the right strategy to maximize our company's growth in the future."

Since 1990, CharismaLife has created a variety of children and youth ministry resources for churches, including Sunday school, CrossTraining, and, most recently, The Next Generation K.I.D.S. Church and The Next Generation Jr. K.I.D.S. Church, an acronym for "Kids in Divine Service."

Strang's late father, A. Edward Strang, Ph.D., headed CharismaLife for the first five years of the curriculum-publishing venture until he retired. Through the years, more than 38,000 churches have used CharismaLife products.

Before the acquisition, CharismaLife and One Accord partnered with Standard Publishing to use their HeartShaper and Encounter curricula as the core material for a new Sunday school curriculum, revising the material to be more distinct for the Pentecostal and charismatic churches.

Officials for Gospel Light, which has been selling curriculum since 1933, said purchasing K.I.D.S. Church will enable them to offer churches a broader selection of resources. "While the need to disciple young people is as essential now as it always has been, the changing face of culture and technology demands that we offer ministry tools that connect with today's 'sight and sound' generation," said Bill Denzel, vice president of publishing and marketing at Gospel Light. "We are thrilled to be able to offer churches this amazing K.I.D.S. Church program."

Strang said he believes CharismaLife's mission to see a generation experience a personal relationship with God, empowered by His Spirit, will continue. "I have a lot of respect for Gospel Light," Strang said. "I'm happy that they're able to carry on the ministry that my father and I started back in 1990."
Eric Tiansay

Best Magazine Deal. Subscribe now and get 3 magazines for the price of 1. Get Charisma, SpiritLed Woman and Ministry Today, all for $24. YES - I want this deal!

3 Reasons Why you should read Life in the Spirit. 1) Get to know the Holy Spirit. 2) Learn to enter God's presence 3) Hear God's voice clearly! Click Here to draw closer to God!

Your Turn

Comment Guidelines
View/Add Comments
  • Roadblock

    6 Roadblocks That Will Stop Your Spiritual Growth

    God wants you to grow in your faith, but many of us get stuck along the way.

  • 2017 is the year that swords will clash.

    Prophetic Word: 2017 Will Bring a Clashing of Heaven and Hell

    "This is a time to cross over and not pull back."

  • Inner Healing Is the Fruit of the Spirit

    Inner Healing Is the Fruit of the Spirit

    I have been puzzled about the subject of inner healing for some time.

  • Cindy Jacobs

    2017: Year of the Breakthrough

    "There will be a significant increase in miracles and signs and wonders."

  • Are you willing to volunteer for God's offensive army?

    Prophetic Word: Preparing for God's World War 3

    God is searching for soldiers of the cross who are willing to volunteer for His offensive army.

  • The devil will try to silence you in any way he can. Don't give him the satisfaction.

    Satan's 2 Most Potent Lies to Render You Ineffective

    There's something in you so powerful that Satan doesn't want it out. Kyle Winkler reveals ...

  • Growing relationship

    2017 Prophetic Word: The Supernatural Key to Growing Your Relationship With God

    It's vital that we understand what comes from God and what comes from the devil.

  • Marriage man and woman

    Why Marriage Is Not Just Between a Man and a Woman

    Marriage is a miracle. Let us treat it like one.

  • Be encouraged to slow down to hear God in unexpected ways.

    A Common Reason You May Be Missing God's Voice

    Out of thousands of people, only six didn't fall into one experiment's trap. Discover how ...

  • Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Follow God on the most fulfilling journey of your life with Encounter the Holy Spirit! Break away from past hurts and press into the One who wants a personal encounter with you.

  • Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Reach your full potential and be led by His Spirit. In His Presence takes you to a deeper understanding of who God is and how he communicates with us.

  • Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Receive the power and gifts that come through the Holy Spirit Baptism. Don’t go empty-handed; accept all that He has for you! His power is available to those who ask.

  • Put on the Full Armor of God

    Put on the Full Armor of God

    Break every stronghold with the power of the Holy Spirit. Use the power of your tongue to declare and decree the Word of God. Witness heaven move on your behalf.

Use Desktop Layout
Charisma Magazine — Empowering believers for life in the Spirit