After more than a year of groundwork, we are very pleased to announce that a North Carolina edition of Baptists Today, the national news journal based in Macon, Ga., will be launched in January. Three significant factors make this venture possible.
First is the part-time employment last August of contributing editor Tony Cartledge, a former editor of the Biblical Recorder, who now teaches at Campbell University Divinity School.
A gifted writer and editor, Tony will edit the pages for North Carolina readers, as well as continue writing for the national edition and being my alternating blog partner.
Second is a new partnership between the autonomous news journal and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina that was announced tonight (Nov. 13) during a dinner meeting at the First Baptist Church of Greensboro. CBFNC will support the news journal’s ministry while respecting its editorial freedom and responsibility to be a trusted, independent source of information.
The third factor, still emerging, is building support from individuals and congregations in North Carolina through start-up gifts and group subscriptions. We encourage churches to provide subscriptions to key leadership within their congregations.
A minimum group subscription is 25 for $375. (Add $15 for each additional subscription.) Just send us the check along with names/addresses. To be listed on the back cover of the inaugural issue in January, we’ll need the subscriptions confirmed by early December.
With the current shifts in North Carolina Baptist life, we feel it is a crucial time for church leaders to be well informed of the broader issues and partnership opportunities for churches.
Original news stories, features and opinion pieces directly related to Baptist life in North Carolina will be fully integrated into the publication rather than inserted or wrapped. All individual and group subscribers with North Carolina addresses will receive this new state-focused edition each month beginning with the January 2008 issue.
Subscription information is available by calling Baptists Today at 1-877-752-5658 or visiting BaptistsToday.org.
Anyone with a story suggestion for the North Carolina edition may contact Tony Cartledge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(The photo above is one I took of Tony speaking to a group recently at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C. about the new venture.)