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On Mission Magazine re-launches with new purpose

May 9, 2014 by Joe Conway
Merriam-Webster has this to say about the word flagship: "the ship that carries the commander of a group of ships." "the best, largest or most important one of a group of things (such as products, stores, etc.)" On Missioncarries the “flagship publication” tag. But for the staff, and everyone associated with the magazine, the distinction is not about being–it is about becoming. Our goal for every issue is to provide a tool of excellent communication that helps equip readers to pursue a life on mission.
 On Mission aims to help awaken people to the tremendous need for authentic expressions of the gospel and church planting in North America.
Last year our new editor in chief, Aaron Coe, directed us to hold the bar higher in the pursuit of excellent communication. The initial results are trending up. Following the release of the newly-redesigned publication, Coe shared the reaction of one reader. “We heard from one pastor who shared a vulnerable moment with us,” said Coe. “He said that God had impressed on him that his church needed to be involved in church planting in Detroit, but that he had not been able to take the necessary steps to see it happen. He said seeing the photos of Detroit in On Mission sealed his conviction and his church is connecting with Detroit now.” The January issue featured a photo essay on the need for church planting in Detroit (a Send North America city). On Missionaims to help awaken people to the tremendous need for authentic expressions of the gospel and church planting in North America. The magazine content is built on the larger frames of Gospel, Mission and Ministry as issue themes. The hope is to strike a balance between “mainstream cultural intrigue and missional engagement.”

Readers Respond

More than 100 readers of January’s “white” issue took the time to let us know what they thought about the magazine. Here are a couple of examples.
“As a pastor who serves in metro New York City, it was very encouraging to read how God is at work in other hard places around North America. The magazine helped enlarge my vision of how God is glorifying Himself through disciple-making churches.” -Todd Brandt, Pastor, Christian Bible Church in Yonkers, N.Y.
 Two readers wrote to us about connecting with human trafficking rescue ministry after reading the article on sex trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl. These responses are at the heart of what we desire for our readers and what we strive to accomplish with everything we publish.
“Our church is actively seeking a North American partnership, and this magazine is doing a great job of allowing me a glimpse of opportunities that God is shaping all over our continent.” -Ryan Shipp, Pastor of Students & Missions, Mandarin Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL
Two readers wrote to us about connecting with human trafficking rescue ministry after reading the article on sex trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl. These responses are at the heart of what we desire for our readers and what we strive to accomplish with everything we publish.

Stay Tuned, Keep in Touch

We hope you’ll join us as we pursue a level of excellence in communication that will help make Jesus famous and encourage His people to embrace lives on mission for Him. You can check out the digital edition of On Mission now hosted here on SendNetwork.com. It is also still available for your mobile device in app form. You can receive a free subscription to On Mission by calling 1-888-239-3990, or online at www.namb.net/onmission.

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