About Us:

The Compass Magazine is an online-only magazine. We focus on an audience of educated Seventh-day Adventist laypeople. Our goal is to provide solid biblical content dealing with important issues in the church and society in a way that supports the church and Adventist beliefs.

What We Look For:

The best way to determine what kinds of content we are interested in publishing is to read the website. Feel free to contact us to query about a specific topic.

Most published articles are between 800 and 2,500 words, are written in a general or conversational style, and cover topics that are relevant today. Longer articles will need to be shortened before submitting. Make your copy web-friendly by using headings, lists, and short paragraphs.

Articles should be balanced/centrist theologically while remaining respectful and supportive of the church at large. They should be based on a sound understanding of Scripture and Ellen White’s writings.

Approaches we desire include:

  • Articles discussing contemporary questions/challenges in Seventh-day Adventist theology and history.
  • Carefully reasoned debate on “hot” or controversial subjects. None of our articles will be simply polemical (one-sided without any evaluation or honest dialogue with other viewpoints) or overly aggressive in tone. We’re not afraid of asking difficult questions or addressing more cutting-edge material, but it needs to be done thoughtfully and in such a way that someone who might differ could engage in cordial dialogue. We may employ a peer-review process beyond the editorial committee for some topics to insure that your article is understandable to a variety of potential readers.
  • Opinion and personal-experience pieces on how our faith engages cultural and societal challenges.
  • Practical ideas for ministry.
  • Thoughtful reflections and expositions of Bible stories or passages, aiming to deepen our relationship with Christ.
  • Journalistic articles about important events and trends in the church.
  • Audio and video content, which could include interviews with individuals who are making an impact in the church and community.

International contributions are welcome.

How to Prepare Your Manuscript:

  • Microsoft Word is the preferred file type for articles. You can also use Apple Pages or put the article in the body of an email.
  • Whenever possible, place references within the text in parentheses. Keep endnotes at a minimum. In-text hyperlinks are encouraged. Include the version for any Bible quotations.
  • List a few key words at the beginning of your article that relate to the article’s content. E.g., Sabbath, Eschatology, Worship Styles, Salvation, etc.
  • Please refrain from using unusual fonts or paragraph formatting.
  • Include your name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address on the manuscript.
  • Include a short biographical paragraph about yourself.
  • If your article is accepted for publication, you will be asked to upload a photo of yourself to use with the article.

How to Submit:

Payment:

  • We pay up to $200 for original, unpublished articles. We also reprint articles published elsewhere, but we do not pay for reprints.
  • We pay on publication (within 4 weeks after the article is posted online).