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Christianity Today recently made several changes, including a new brand identity, a new ministry website, and new publishing initiatives. Read more details about those changes in this news release.

Q: Why rebrand Christianity Today? Why now?

A: Because nothing is sure or absolute except Christ—and our ministry is shaped around that simple truth. Our doctrine, however, is not the end. It is the very foundation of a living faith that finds itself at work in every aspect of life. Over the last few years, we have had challenging internal conversations about our ongoing role and future effectiveness in a shifting media world. We don't just want to adopt hip trends and technology, but actually use every piece of this ministry to fully express the gospel and serve the church today. In 2012, that will include our ministry's new website, ChristianityToday.org, events highlighting the best of CT, The Global Gospel Project, This is Our City and cohesive branding that fully encompasses all the publications, products and projects that are part of the Christianity Today ministry.

Q: A number of "older" ministries are reshaping their brand or image to appeal to a younger audience. Does this apply to Christianity Today?

A: I don't want a "rebrand" that simply changes our image. I want us to solve the greatest challenges of the church by creating content that changes the people who change the world—that's our mission. The institution that will have the greatest cultural influence in this generation is the one that can thoughtfully, articulately, and compassionately address the complexity of modern life. We want to cultivate the writers, thought leaders and ministry practitioners who have the God-given capacity to do that. This has always been our goal and it always will be. Along the way, we're going to express that differently through the branding associated with our ministry. I think it's an opportunity to allow a new generation of creators to express how Christianity Today looks and feels to them.

Q: What does this change mean for readers?

A: They can expect the same award-winning content from all of our publications, print and digital, as well as our blogs and websites. We started this whole process by listening and learning from our ministry's insiders and outsiders. Both audiences agreed that the best of Christianity Today is content. That is our epicenter. We began to run with that thought. What if the 2.5 million people we connect with every month read one article or one post that changes and inspires them to fully express Christ? How different would our world look? How would it shift others' perspectives on Christianity? So, if our readers see any change, it will be expanded opportunities to really learn and live from the content our writers create.

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melody

November 23, 2014  6:16am

why is Christianity decreasing?

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Wayne Pederson

February 22, 2012  3:17pm

Thank you, Harold. All of us serving Christ today are faced with the same "insurmountable opportunities" to change our strategy to more effectively share Christi with the world. I've been doing a personal study of the Book of Acts. Paul had to do it in the First Century. I have to do it in the 21st Century. I continue to devour, apply and share all I am made aware of though the various. CT publications. Thanks for all you and your team do to equip, enlighten and encourage God's servants around the world. Wayne Pederson HCJB Global

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Todd Hertz

February 20, 2012  9:54am

Cory: Thanks for the explanation. I had the same confusion as Nancy. I saw this linked from Twitter and with no context, it is confusing...it feels like you start in the middle with an expectation that you have prior information you do not. I would write a short intro here summarizing the press release--or just link to it.

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Cory Whitehead

February 18, 2012  8:47pm

Nancy, Sorry if it wasn't clear. You can start by reading our news release here: http://www.christianitytoday.org/mediaroom/news/2012/newbrandnewinitiatives .html Just to summarize some of our changes: --We have rebranded from Christianity Today International to simply Christianity Today, and launched a new brand identity --ChristianityToday.com is no longer our ministry's website, but is the new "home" of Christianity Today magazine --The new "home" for our ministry is ChristianityToday.org, which better reflects our nonprofit status, ministry focus, and more clearly explains what we do and who we are --We've also launched a couple new publishing initiatives: This Is Our City and the Global Gospel Project Hopefully that helps. Thanks!

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Steve Thurston

February 18, 2012  1:01pm

Hi Harold. It is great to see that Christianity Today is always thinking about the future and making sure that its efforts don't loose steam. Our culture and society changes constantly and we know that our ministries need to move with this shift as well. It's not about changing the core ministry and vision, but changing how our audience interacts with our evangelistic [educational, leadership and entertainment] efforts. I commend you for such a bold, yet necessary move and I will keep you, your staff and your ministry in our prayers. Blessings!

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