We’ve been pursuing this mission for five years now, giving it our everything. We’ve learned so much about how best to train writers and impact our media culture. We’re serious about advancing the Kingdom, and our goal is always to put the maximum resources on target. In order to achieve that, we are restructuring the mission and making two major changes.
We will be moving forward with a new legal structure and operating under a new name. To that end, I want to introduce you to…The Company.
The Company is a community of Christian writers on a mission to change the world.
Why “The Company”? Our first instinct might be to think of a company as a greedy corporation, but a “company” is literally a group of people who work together for a common purpose, like a company of prophets or David’s company of mighty men. We’re not just training writers, we’re also bringing them together on a common mission.
In the beginning, we just started calling this thing what it is—a school for Kingdom-minded writers. We think this new name is clever and ironic and captures part of the spirit of who we are as a community.
We’ll be making a few adjustments, but will offer the same training, resources, and support that the School of Kingdom Writers has for the past four years.
We will be discarding our 501c3 status with the IRS. While there are advantages to this status, there is also significantly higher administrative overhead (which means time, stress, and money not on mission). Despite our best and prolonged efforts, we really haven’t seen tremendous benefit from the 501c3 status, like large donors and grant funding. We’re also concerned about recent federal court rulings, which are imposing Title IX requirements on all 501c3 educational organizations (which is what we are), even private religious organizations that do not receive federal funding (like us). These court decisions threaten to remove our religious liberty from our hiring and recruiting processes. As a Bible-believing organization, this is a deal breaker for us. The solution is to restructure without this status.
We’ve posted a lengthier explanation of the reasons for these changes and frequently asked questions on our website. I really want you to have this information, but in the interest of length, haven’t included it all here. You can find it here, and I strongly encourage you to take the time to read it here.
Moving forward, Melissa and I will lead the same team with the same mission, values, location, and resources, but “The Company” will technically be a new organization. It will be structured as an Ohio LLC. These changes will take effect on February 1, 2023. Regardless of our IRS designation, this is and always will be a ministry. Our objective is to invest in and accomplish the mission.
This new organization will be leaner, stronger, and more efficient than ever! (And that’s saying something, because I think we’re incredibly efficient already.) We’ll have more freedom and be in a better position to develop win-win relationships in the marketplace for our apprentices and published authors.
This change has been months in the making. Our intercessory team has been praying about these changes since December 1, and I’ve spent the last six weeks having conversations with key stakeholders. We have carefully consulted with advisors and are moving forward with the unanimous support of the board of directors of the School of Kingdom Writers. This is a good and productive change for the mission, and we’re ready to take this to the next level.
Join us on January 31 at 8pm ET via Zoom
We want to hear your comments and address your concerns and questions. You are invited to join us for a public meeting on January 31 at 8pm ET via Zoom. All are welcome.
You can use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86780380820?pwd=VFh2Q3pPSWV2eVAwamM5U0hOWlJnUT09
One of our chief values is transparency, and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions in detail at that time. You can also read the FAQ and additional information here.
You’re welcome to email us at email@example.com with thoughts and questions, and we will respond in the order we receive them. However, if you’d like a speedy response, we strongly encourage you to attend this public meeting.
This is big progress for this mission. This change will make us so much more efficient and allow us to place maximum resources on target, with less interference from the federal government. We’re excited to take these next steps and to continue to increase our impact on the American media.
Thank you for your support.
-Brad and Melissa Pauquette
Founders, School of Kingdom Writers