Distribution Complete

(English) Study Bibles for Global Pastors - Round II

In 2013, we partnered with Crossway to raise funds to obtain 3,000 copies of the ESV Global Study Bible. Our purpose was to make these available to our worldwide missions network with the goal of putting these study bibles into the hands of pastors primarily in the Global South who badly need them. 

Nearly 3,000 Global Study Bibles were distributed over 13 Months to 28 Countries.  We have run out of this first round of 3,000 copies and now are asking if you will help us go for Round 2 of 5,000 copies for the next few years of distribution. Read the full story…

A gift of $53 provides 1 case of 16 study Bibles. $10 provides 3 copies. Your gift will be matched!

The Resource

The ESV Global Study Bible is for “Global Christians” in every corner of the world—especially in places with limited resources for accessing and studying the Bible. It has been designed from beginning to end to be highly accessible for distribution on a global scale.

Each book begins with an introduction, followed by a unique, insightful description of the global message of the book. Likewise, a set of articles by global Christian leaders apply the Bible to perennial global issues, such as the role of government, the nature of the church, world religions, social ethics, and missions and evangelism.

The notes and maps were adapted from the best-selling ESV Study Bible and provide a wealth of information about the biblical text, history, and geography. With overviews of each Bible book, special facts, and character profiles, the Global Study Bible is a remarkable resource for Christians everywhere who want to know and understand the truth of the Bible and its global meaning.




While the majority of the world speaks and communicates in local languages, globalization has created one major stream of communication—English. It is the official language of 53 nations (one-fourth of the world), and it is estimated that another billion people speak it as their second language. Nearly 1,742,600,000 are able to access, read, and comprehend resources in the English language. That’s more than 1 out of 5 people in the world!

While we continue to pursue translation into key languages, many times it is more cost effective to make English resources available to pastors, seminaries, and those who train church leaders. Global English is vital for equipping Christian leaders with selected biblical works. 

Geography of the Language

  • Global—All Continents
  • 50+ Countries Use English

Global English Demographics

  • 11% First Language English Speakers
  • 24% Comprehend, Read and have Access to English
  • 99% Literacy Rate
  • 6.89% English-Proficient Protestants

(EthnologueJoshua Project)

Project Details

Title: ESV Global Study Bible
Format: Softcover
Language: Global English
Goal: $16,500
Total Quantity: 5,000 copies

To express our gratitude for your support, we are partnering with Crossway to offer you FREE access to study notes from this same Bible. You will receive the link in your donation confirmation.


Blue Letter Bible, a ministry of Sowing Circle, provides powerful tools for an in-depth study of God’s Word through our free online reference library, with study tools that are grounded in the historical, conservative Christian faith. Study tools include: powerful and multi-faceted Bible searches, Greek and Hebrew interlinear, original language lexical aids, cross-reference tools, concordances, and numerous commentaries.

Crossway is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that exists to proclaim the gospel through publishing in order to, by God's grace: Assist individual Christians and the church in growing in knowledge and understanding of the Christian life.