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Writer’s Guidelines

Audience

When writing . . .

  • avoid technological jargon. Keep in mind that readers include lay volunteers who are seriously interested in worship but who may lack musical, artistic, or theological training as well as trained professional paid staff.
  • think of a broadly Reformed audience. Reformed Worship is published by Faith Alive Christian Resources, a division of the Christian Reformed Church’s publishing agency. While slightly more than half of our readers are from the CRC, others come from many different traditions, including Presbyterian, United Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, and more. We use articles and resources from a variety of traditions as long as the articles fall within the Reformed tradition.
  • think of diverse communities. Our readers have varying worship styles ranging from formal to very informal, those with organ and choir and those with worship teams and bands, those of primarily Anglo membership and those who worship in one of a dozen different languages. We do not presume any prescribed order of worship, though the historic pattern of worship should be fairly clear.

Perspective

Articles need to be . . .

  • theologically sound from a Reformed perspective. We expect an understanding of the Reformed tradition, broadly speaking, standing between the mainline churches and those in the evangelical traditions.
  • practical with solid foundations. By that, we mean that articles need to be thoughtful and wise, and based on solid research, but always practically oriented. We do not accept “scholarly” articles with footnotes or endnotes though we encourage the use of sidebars to point out other resources or ideas.
  • sensitive to the diversity of those gathered for worship. They should use gender neutral language for persons, be inclusive of people of varying abilities and ages, and be aware of the broader Christian community.

Content

Articles are usually categorized as either

  • pick-up-and-use liturgical resources. Most of the practical resources come from worshiping communities like your own. These resources include service outlines with notes highlighting any specifically unique or particularly meaningful elements. Other resources we consider are litanies for specific occasions, prayers, or ideas for visual elements that would be useful and adaptable for other communities.

or

  • reflective essays on a topic in which the author shares insights and experience for the encouragement and edification of worship planners. Please refrain from pointing out problems unless you also suggest solutions. The best of these reflective articles also include ideas for implementing the ideas proffered.

Style

The writing style is . . .

  • informal.
  • first-person is fine.
  • We encourage you to provide title suggestions, section headings, and also sidebars, resource lists, and ideas for illustration.

Length

Articles should be . . .

  • short and to the point.
  • Depending on the type of article, usually around 1,600 words, rarely longer than 2,400 words. We like one-pagers too on occasion (800 words max), including sidebars.

Payment

We pay the royal sum of $.05 per printed word, payable on publication.

Current Topics

  • Justice
  • Visual arts and worship space
  • Drama
  • Intergenerational worship planning and leading
  • Contemporary worship/music
  • Multicultural worshiping communities
  • Christian year

We’re always interested in creative service plans!