by Russell Doerksen
STEINBACH, Man.–At the July 2016 conference council at Steinbach Bible College, it was voted that the Board of Church Ministries (BCM) should implement the following three changes in regards to The Messenger:
- The Messenger should employ a premium service for its electronic version, allowing for easier mobile and table reading as well as listing in a multi-national database.
- The Messenger print copies in a given year should decrease to six bi-monthly issues and the quality of these issues should increase.
- The Messenger should create a blog-style website so its content can become available online as it is received.
In response to this mandate, the BCM would like to announce the following rollout schedule.
- Immediately, The Messenger will be available free of charge in an enhanced electronic version via the electronic magazine database service Issuu. Online you can find us at https://issuu.com/emcmessenger. On Android or IOS, simply search the app store for the free Issuu app (the full name of the app in the store is Issuu: A World of Magazines). Once downloaded, open the app and search for “The EMC Messenger.”
- If you choose to create a user account with Issuu, you will be possible to follow The Messenger, which in turn will automatically notify you whenever a new issue is made available. If you do not wish to make an account with Issuu, you will still be able to read the magazine in its entirety free of charge.
- Beginning in January 2017, The Messenger will begin a bi-monthly publication cycle with an increased print quality. In this new schedule there will be a new print issue available in January, March, May, July, September, and November.
- Beginning late January 2017, The Messenger will launch a new website at http://www.emcmessenger.ca. On the website, there will be new content made available weekly taking the form of lead articles, church news updates, missionary stories, an enhanced job listing section, editorials, comments, and much more.
- The website will be optimized desktop, mobile and tablet viewing, and will be
integrated with the EM Conference’s social media. For the first few months after launch, the BCM will be periodically asking for feedback from our readers in order to get the website up to the highest possible standard. Expect more launch details soon.
A lot will be changing here over the next few months and years. We hope you will join us in this next stage in the life of The Messenger.