Founded as ‘the Voice of Evangelicalism,’ Christianity Today is recasting itself as a media ministry, ‘for the church’ says senior managing editor Mark Galli. This comes at a time when denominations are more willing to cooperate – and the Church is in serious need of that.
I first heard about Mark from his thoughtful blog and books – and quickly became a fan. In this interview he talks about the vitality and the challenge he sees for the contemporary Church in North America – and how Christianity Today is working to address them.
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Mark Galli is excited by the service-mindedness and social activism among young people today. However, these strengths may present our era’s biggest challenges. Here are my notes from the interview:
Excited About Activism
A new generation of energetic activists who are challenging the status quo is reinvigorating the Church. Like Wilberforce and MLK, Jr, they are bringing the relevance back to Christianity. What an we learn from this?
Humility, Listening, Flexibility
Mark says these are the 3 most needful attributes of today’s successful church leaders. Being content enough to trust providence forms an almost irresistible witness for Christ.
Finding a niche between short articles and entire books, look for Christianity Today to begin publishing eBooks whose word count falls somewhere in between.
About Mark Galli
Mark has been the senior managing editor of Christianity Today since May of 2000. He formerly worked as the editor of Christian History, and the associate editor of Leadership. Mark, a former pastor, is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and Fuller Theological Seminary. He has written several books including Chaos and Grace: Discovering the Liberating Power of the Holy Spirit, God Wins: Why the Good News Is Even Better than Love Wins, and Beyond Bells & Smells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy. Mark also writes a bi-weekly online column called Soulwork. He is married with three grown children.
Sponsors I Mentioned
Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest Episcopal Seminary in the U.S., forming men and women for leadership in the church. In addition to the MDiv, Anglican Studies and DMin degrees are their Masters of Arts degrees with a fous on Theological Studies, Christian Formation, Religion & Culture, and Biblical Interpretation. Check them out at vts.edu.