CBA (Christian trade association)

CBA (formerly known as the Christian Booksellers Association),[1] subtitled "The Association for Christian Retail since 1950", is a trade association that was established in 1950.[2]

CBA: The Association for Christian Retail
Formation1950 (1950)
PurposeCollaboration between Christian retailers, suppliers, authors, artists, ministries, and media
HeadquartersColorado Springs, CO
Curtis Riskey
Formerly called
Christian Booksellers Association


The association was first organized by 219 Christian bookstores and, by 2011, had grown to include 1700 stores.[3] The number of member stores expanded considerably in the 1990s with the rise of online shopping.[4] Bill Anderson is president of the association[5] and Curtis Riskey is executive director.[6] By 2014, CBA had discontinued its winter trade fair in response to the closing of many of the association's member stores.[7]

CBA has guidelines for books sold by its member stores to prohibit offensive content including profanity, alcohol consumption, and references to luck.[8] When a significant minority of customers at CBA's member stores take offense to a book, CBA pressures all member stores to stop selling books by that book's publisher.[9] CBA purchases films from Pure Flix Entertainment.[10]


  1. ^ Phan, Katherine T. (March 13, 2011). "New NIV Bible to Debut Amid Ongoing Concern". The Christian Post. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Kunerth, Jeff (July 17, 2012). "Christian Retailers Use Fair-Trade Items to Balance Values with Capitalism". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  3. ^ Choate-Nielsen, Amy (November 26, 2011). "Religious Books: Coming in from the Fringe". Deseret News. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Gibson, David (August 2013). "Catholic Gift Stores See a (Papal) Bull Market". U.S. Catholic. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  5. ^ Marrapodi, Eric (April 28, 2009). "Best-Selling Author Shaped by Cannibals, Christianity". CNN. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  6. ^ Byle, Ann (May 9, 2011). "Christian Retail Show a Skip for Some, a Must for Others". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  7. ^ McBride, Cliff (February 23, 2014). "Tampa Christian Supply Vows to Stay". The Tampa Tribune. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  8. ^ Barger, T.K. (April 12, 2015). "Waterville Author Realizes Writing Dream, Gets Novel Published". The Blade. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Trimmer, Michael (April 7, 2014). "How Can We Fix Christian Fiction?". Christian Today. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  10. ^ Laurio, Ben (February 23, 2015). "Pure Flix Appoints New Chief Operating Officer". Charisma. Retrieved September 5, 2015.

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