The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is an international non-profittrade association whose member companies are involved in the publishing and distribution of Christian content worldwide. ECPA has operated since 1974, and operates by "building networking, information, and advocacy opportunities within the industry and throughout multiple channels so that members can more effectively produce and deliver transformational Christian content". In addition to many programs and services ECPA provides to its members, ECPA also produces the Christian BestSeller Lists each month and a weekly news publication, Rush to Press, that recaps the industry's top news.
Since 1978, ECPA has given annual Christian Book Awards (formerly Gold Medallion). The 2014 awards were given in seven categories, including Bibles, Fiction, Children, Inspiration, Bible Reference, Non-fiction and New Author. It also awards the Christian Book of the Year chosen from the Christian Book Award finalists, based on judging scores for quality and excellence and including a sales component to represent the impact of the book on consumers.