The rise and fall of Protestant magazines

The Christian Century and Sojourners remain strong
“It's never been easy to make ends meet while putting out a progressive Christian publication. But in an ironic twist, a re-energized religious left may be making a tough task even harder. . . . At least five progressive periodicals—including four with a 30-plus-year publishing history—have either disbanded or undergone a radical makeover in the past three years.”

That’s how a December 2 Washington Post article began. But before it could be published, G. Jeffrey MacDonald, for Religion New Service (RNS), had to fix a few things. One oversight was Sojourners magazine, which jumped from 24,300 paid subscribers in December 2002 to 45,500 now. The other exception to the trend mentioned in the article is the Christian Century, which hit a low point in circulation in 2001, but has increased annually to 36,000 subscribers. The percentage jump in circulation in five years has been well over 35 percent.


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