This is a valid question. One we've likely all thought before.
It's a common assumption in the Christian world that most things to do with God are free. Church meetings a free. A pastors time is free. So you might assume Christian products and services should be free too. And it makes sense - we all love to give of our time and resources to the Lord. And we know people shouldn't be profiting from God.
The Word warns us of the pitfalls that a love of money can bring. It's not something to be taken lightly. But does that mean we cannot ask for compensation for providing resources to the Christian community?
We ask for payment. And sometimes the response we get can lead to feeling judged or even persecuted for trying to make a living off of something we are immensely passionate about and believe in. I mean seriously, who wants to work a boring job when you could be working on your most beloved pursuit!
Isn't your dream to work on your passions and get paid for it too?
Since 2018 Claire and I have put it all on the line. All our savings. Our house deposit (we're still renting). We sold my motorbike to pay expenses when I was out of work. And for 3 years now we've lived pay-check to pay-check whilst I work a full-time job to keep Evergrace afloat. It's tough going!
But you know what? We wouldn't have it any other way. We love what we are doing. And most of all, we believe in it. We trust and pray that we can make a difference. And we know that success can't come without sacrifice.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
We are constantly working on producing new stories. Each story takes us around 6-8 weeks to create and costs somewhere between $8,000 and $12,000 apiece.
Our ask? $3 or $4 per month from the families that love our work and benefit from it. We would need over 3,000 paying subscribers just to break even - and we don't have nearly that many yet.
So why are we still going?
Our daughter loves listening to these stories over and over! They are so well done and so different! They get to the heart of the matter in such a creative way!
Thank you for your wonderful, Christian bedtime stories. My Granddaughter faithfully hears one or two a night at bedtime... the same ones over and over... she just loves them, and actually drifts off to sleep peacefully.
These stories are great. They are read at a peaceful and calm pace. My 4 years old requests these stories every day at nap time and bed time. I hope they keep releasing more stories because they’re great.
Families all around the world are loving our work. It makes a positive impact on their lives and we are helping them to raise wise and discerning children.
But also, because their financial contributions help us to keep going. Without them we would have to shut up shop. So thank you, our awesome supporters.
Charging for a Christian product doesn't have to be about doctrine or greed. It can be just a practical need like any other business. It takes time and money to create great things, and we all have families to support and bills to pay.
So if our hearts are right in the sight of the Lord, then let us charge on. And may the Lord direct our steps and prosper our way.