Christian Standard Writer’s Guidelines
Christian Standard is written by and for leaders—paid and volunteer, in all types of positions and ministries—in independent Christian churches and churches of Christ around the world. We exist to leverage the power of our unity. We seek to resource Christian churches to fulfill Christ’s commission. As every issue since 1866 has stated, we are “devoted to the restoration of New Testament Christianity, its doctrine, its ordinances, and its fruits.” See our About page for more information.
Our monthly issues are theme-driven. See our 2020 Theme List for monthly themes and due dates. Note that 90 percent or more of our monthly articles fit into the theme for that issue.
While we assign most articles, occasionally we use a story that comes our way via a query. Send queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Standard articles are generally no longer than 1,800 words, and shorter pieces of 500-1,200 words are highly welcome.
We’re always looking for queries for feature stories telling how and why local congregations in this fellowship are carrying out Christ’s mission in their communities. These usually must align with our theme list. High-resolution (at least 1 MB) pictures are always welcome to accompany such articles.
One of our newest monthly columns is MinistryLife, a 500- to 700-word reflective essay. The writer tells a story about an experience through which he or she gained wisdom or learned a vital ministry principle. Each story must have a strong storytelling component using literary techniques, sensory details (sight, sound, taste, etc.), dramatic dialogue, and vivid description. Before you write or query, read more here. See examples here.
We are also seeking well-written Communion meditations, which we provide weekly on our website. Send a single meditation or a batch of four or five for our consideration. Communion meditations should not exceed 400 words and must be written so that anyone can use them in local church services. Read past Communion meditations here.
Our stories seek to reflect and exemplify our movement’s mottoes:
- Where the Bible speaks, we speak. Where the Bible is silent, we are silent. We want stories that not only quote Scripture, we want biblical truth to saturate and be embedded into them, whether you quote directly from the Bible or not. Be careful of proof texting.
- We have no creed by Christ, no book but the Bible, no name but Christian.
- We’re Christians only but not the only Christians.
- In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty; in all things, love.
We do not print poetry, and we are not seeking reviews, devotions, general inspirational material, or pieces on general Christian living.