The Word Guild ( www.thewordguild.com) is an
affiliate of the EFC ( www.theEFC.ca/affiliates).
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What is at the heart of The Word
The Word Guild’s mission is to
network writers and editors who
are Christian together across Canada. We work to equip them, establish professional standards, and
support them in a community of
peers who understand them.
How do you view The Word Guild’s
role within the Canadian Church?
We believe that Christian writers
– armed with their relationship
with God, a merciful voice and a
balanced perspective on issues –
are able to extend the reach of the
Church out into the stream of
information in society.
We have over 19,000 Christian
churches registered in Canada. If
there is at least one writer in each
church, then we have 19,000+
writers. Imagine the impact they
could have on culture if they engaged on the stark topics of society
with quality writing steeped in
mercy, understanding and a balanced perspective, exhibiting the
heart of our Saviour.
What are the challenges facing
Canadian Christian writers and editors?
The biggest challenge is that the
craft of writing is a solitary profes-
sion. Christian writers are even
more isolated since there are not as
many of them. As I have connected
with writers across Canada, most
feel alone and are starving for in-
dustry information, moral support
The next biggest challenge is that
the publishing industry is primarily
based in the U. S. and favours American writers. Writers need the inside scoop and networking to get
connected into the publishing industry. This is why The Word Guild
is here. We bring them into a
community that understands them,
can pray with them, and help them
get connected with the industry.
How do you care for yourself as a
I am a bit of a workaholic, but I try
to keep a balanced routine of taking
time with God each day (my spiritual sanity), time with my family
(my mental relief) and time to
work out (which gets my endor-phins going). All of them together
make it possible to stay on track
with what God wants to do through
The Word Guild, and helps ensure
that I am effective at what I do.
What is your top leadership advice
for younger emerging leaders?
It is a privilege to be a leader. It
means that God feels He can trust
you to care for and raise up new
leaders. Worry less about securing
your title as “top dog,” get to know
your people, understand their challenges, develop supports that help
them, encourage them in their
growth and look out for them. If you
do your job well, then you should
work yourself out of the job, and on
to new leadership opportunities
with qualified people stepping into
your shoes. /FT
Ruth Thorogood is executive director of The Word Guild (TWG),
a national association that organizes and serves “any Canadian
who communicates through the written word, who has a Judeo-
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