Here is a small snapshot of how hard it is to break a record in just the Christian world: 

Almost 15,000 titles released last year via distribution systems.

10% sold 20 units or more.

1,213 albums can more than 200 units.

only the top 93 units on a given week on soundscan (on average) sell 100 or units or more per week. This equates to almost 1 unit per store.

Before you release your album, sign your deal, etc, find out what your expectations are and if they can be met. Is it necessary to create a hard product for retail? Maybe a digital release makes more sense. How many units do you need to sell to pay for your album? How do you get this done? Just some thoughts.