Co-Editorialishness: An Update

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : March 26, 2008

I’ve made a couple decisions regarding the editorial philosophy of JM. With the day of my son’s birth rapidly approaching, I decided to seek out 2 co-editors to help with the load. Initially, this will help me take time with my family, but in the future having co-editors will help us increase our content capacity.

And so, JM will have a co-editor who will be “in charge” of content for the praxis and doxis sections, and one in charge of culture and aesthetics. I will still oversee overall editorial stuff, as well as the satire section. In the future…if we ever grow enough to necessitate it, I could see there being an editor for each section.

I’m happy to say that one of the co-editorships has been filled. I would like to formally announce that we have a new co-editor, Mike Cline. Mike will be overseeing content for the praxis and doxis sections. Mike is not only a friend, but everything he has written for JM in the past has been solid. And I have no doubt in his editorial abilities. I’m looking forward to working with Mike.  You can find his bio (along with mine) on the Editors page.

And so, I’m still looking for a co-editor. I’m looking for someone who feels inspired to tackle our culture and aesthetics sections:

  • In culture, we apply our lens to the world around us as we explore sociological trends, postmodernity, politics…you name it.
  • In aesthetics, we explore beauty through our senses: images, music, film, poetry, and the culinary arts.

I’ll be honest…these sections need the most love. It takes a different skill set to have a vision for these sections. But they are important to my overall vision for JM. I want to move JM into broader content, cultural commentary, reflections upon art and film and music, discussions of kingdom living in the global landscape, etc. Basically, I am always trying to move Jesus Manifesto beyond a webmag that talks about the ideas and practices of Christian life into how those ideas and practices interact with the complexities of 21st Century earth. Kinda like a with a radical Christian core.

So, if you kinda meet the job description, and want to explore these areas (which includes writing content, editing submissions, and hunting for new content) in front of a growing readership, please contact me.

Mark Van Steenwyk is the editor of He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife (Amy), son (Jonas) and some of their friends.

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    Not that Mike Cline kid! He's so young and green. And as has been pointed out elsewhere on this very site, he isn't even good looking enough for his own wife.


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