Working at Christianity Today is a career as well as a calling. It’s an opportunity to collaborate with a passionate and dynamic team that stewards an extraordinary legacy – while building something exciting and new.
Christianity Today was founded by Billy Graham in 1956. Over the course of 65 years, it has platformed the best of Christian thought and reported on the events and trends shaping the future of Christianity and its ministry to the world. Today, it is rapidly expanding its global storytelling, pressing into new media, and deepening its journalism and thought leadership.
Our vision is to make the church more beautiful and to make its beauty known. The person who takes this role will be critical to the achievement of that vision.
Christianity Today is hiring a full-time regional editor to assign and edit formative and informative news and opinion articles focused on evangelical Christians in Asia.
This individual will be working with professional journalists to identify Christian news and trends within key Asian countries and their diasporas; with sources to find ideas of importance for the Asian church; with Asian scholars to make their research a pleasure to read; and with Asian pastors and leaders passionate for the church and its influence in the world.
While topics will be selected and packaged with an eye toward exporting the best of Asian storytellers and sages to the West, the primary focus will be on serving the Asian church itself with a faithful, news-driven perspective that has both historical and theological rigor. While all Asian countries are of interest, our initial focus is where CT currently has a readership base: Hong Kong/China, Taiwan, Philippines, India, Singapore, Korea, and Indonesia, as well as the Chinese diaspora.
We’re looking for an experienced, entrepreneurial journalist—an “edit-preneur”—who is a builder and a cultural bridger, who passionately believes that the gospel of Jesus Christ is a transforming and vital force and that God’s primary way of working in the world is through the church. We want someone who reads widely and loves what magazine-style journalism can do. Someone likely to cite both Scripture and Reuters in the same pitch meeting. Someone who deeply loves words and the Word.
This is a key position in CT’s efforts to build a “central nervous system for the global body of Christ,” offering constructive guidance and accurate reporting on the church and culture from East to West and vice versa. It will involve working on both long articles and shorter pieces, for print and online. While the job may involve some writing based on interest, it is not primarily a staff writer position; the ideal candidate will be more excited about helping others communicate well than in making sure their own byline and perspective get attention. It’s a great position for someone who loves highlighting voices from the overlooked, thoughtful middle amid today’s polemic extremes, and who appreciates the power of using current events to provoke thought and to inject expert wisdom into social media feeds and Google searches.
• At least three to five years of experience working as an editor, reporter, or publisher (ideally in a setting that required speed, accuracy, and depth) preferred. OR three to five years of experience working as an entrepreneur and building a team/network to serve a new market, with a demonstrated appreciation of journalism’s power and requirements will be considered.
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the Bible, the church, and the global evangelical movement.
• Excellent proofreading and editorial skills.
• Formal education in journalism or theology preferred. Demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning (whether formally or informally) preferred.
• An appreciation for the history, mission, and values of Christianity Today.
• Fluency in a second language strongly preferred. Fluency in Chinese preferred, but not required. (Work will be done in English, with select articles translated into Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, and other languages by CT’s translation team.)
Functions and Responsibilities:
• Develop a broad network of sources and freelance reporters/writers in Asia.
• Assign, edit, and file several publication-ready articles each week (once network is established).
• Oversee translation of select articles (Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, etc.) by CT’s translation team.
• Participate in relevant staff meetings.
• Attend relevant conferences and meetings with sources and writers.
• Collaborate with the CT Global director and CT editorial team, sharing areas of expertise to make CT’s Asia expansion successful.
Success Factors/Job Competencies:
• Meeting output goals; filing articles that are formative, informative, and free from errors.
• Successfully growing CT’s current readership base in Asia.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Physical Demands: while performing duties of the job, incumbent is occasionally required to stand; sit; walk; use hands to handle, finger, or use controls; talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
• Work Environment: Usual office environment conditions.
• Annual performance evaluation
• Attainment of annual goals established by CT editorial leadership.
• This job is remote. Based in Asia strongly preferred, such as Singapore or Hong Kong, but other locations will be considered.
To apply, email a saved, signed copy of the application, along with a cover letter, résumé, and two or three work samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eager candidates should also include two or three story ideas for CT essays they’d love to pursue in this position, including a possible headline and a paragraph describing the likely angle. (Please note that we’re only using these for hiring purposes, but we may have similar ideas already in our editorial pipeline!)