Prior to September 2005, the press had previously published 76 titles over a 21-year period. An average of 4 books was published per year in the areas of Biblical Studies, Christian Theology, Church/Restoration History, Evangelism, Hermeneutics (preaching), and Biblical Commentaries. The books were primarily sold direct to churches of Christ, church of Christ affiliated bookstores, and as many as 17 select university bookstores.
Since 2005, ACU Press has published over 320 titles, with more under contract still to come. Books are now being bought directly from ACU Press by over 600 churches of various heritages. The books are being sold in over 6,000 bookstores worldwide including Wal-Mart, Sam’s, Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble, and Lifeway. Over 233 universities, colleges, and seminaries have bought titles direct from ACU Press to be used by faculty/staff and for course adoptions. ACU Press currently has published authors from over 50 colleges and universities including Duke University, Wheaton College, University of Notre Dame, University of Chicago, and Baylor University.
In 2009, a concerted effort to expand the reputation and influence of ACU Press was launched. In the past 5 years, not only did ACU Press add titles in the previous categories, but titles have been added in the genres of Christian Living, Women’s Issues, West Texas Regional Studies, Christian Higher Education, Diversity, Spiritual Disciplines, and Leadership. In 2010, ACU Press became a full member of the Association of American Presses, making ACU the only college/university in the CCCU, and within the churches of Christ, to have a recognized academic university press. ACU Press titles have been endorsed by prominent figures such as Eugene Peterson, Rick Warren, Jimmy Carter and Walter Brueggemann.