Have Someone Check Your Grammar and Spelling
If your spelling and grammar are bad, it doesn’t matter how great your idea is. No one, including the editors, will read past the first paragraph.
Even if your grammar and spelling are generally good, it's hard to see our own mistakes, so send it to a friend before you send it to CT.
Cite Your Sources
When you do use material from elsewhere, like stats, news and so on, be sure to cite and link to your source.
Plagiarism is a serious offense. One of the fastest ways to make sure editors never want to publish you is to be known as a plagiarizer.
It’s Okay to Be Challenging, But Don’t Scold or Be Combative
We want to unite, not divide.
Sure, there’s a place and a need in the church for polemics. But that’s not what the small church section is for.
Write to encourage and resource your fellow small church leaders.
If you have an opinion or idea that challenges the status quo, that’s great! Just present it in a way that elevates the conversation instead of debasing it.
Give Readers a Positive Takeaway
The best blog posts, like the best sermons, don’t just teach us, they drive us toward action.
Don’t just give readers information. We can find that anywhere. Give us ideas and action steps that we can implement in our own ministry and life.
Read Other Online Church Leadership Articles
If you’re not sure how writing articles for the internet is different than other forms of communication, become a regular reader of well-written church leadership blogs. After a while, you’ll understand how the online conversation works and how you can jump in.
I’m looking forward to welcoming you as a fellow CT contributor!
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