Last month I passed something of a milestone: 30 years of service here at Christianity Today! And if I can draw from my hippie past, it has been a long, strange trip.
From print-only (with 14 publications at our height), to print-plus with the onset of online media, to our current emphasis on "digital first," CT's content and the larger world of journalism have been in a steady state of change over my stay. (They are all reasons why Forbes listed "reporting" as one of 2014's most stressful professions.)
That we are still here is no small note of praise. That we are actually growing, and reaching more people than ever before in our history, drops this 30-year veteran to his knees.
With eyes fixed on the throne of grace, I thank God for two constants that have kept this ministry from becoming lost and confused amid so much change over three decades:
The top-tier quality of the staff. With tenacious creativity, they have taken advantage of whatever content forms are available to effectively communicate "beautiful orthodoxy" to more and more readers, viewers, visitors, and event attendees.
Today, the CT audience is in the millions. Tens of thousands more are being drawn via new efforts such as the just-launched Books & Culture digital biweekly and The Behemoth, our wonderfully quirky digizine written and designed to force you to stop (no small matter) and behold the wonder of God (a very big matter).
Our calling. Namely, to engage, encourage, and equip the church of Christ. It was such when Billy Graham set CT into motion back in 1956. It remains so today. Thus our vision statement for staff and all would-be supporters: "To see the church grown up into the fullness ...1