Contributor guidelines

Pathways is one of many new ideas and approaches to help us be the best Church we can be in a world that is changing in new and unprecedented ways. Issue by issue the magazine will help us all to think afresh about inequality, our communities and what it means to be human.

Published three to four times each year and distributed to 23,000 people in the Diocese of Oxford, Pathways is filled with a mix of thoughtful features to help readers go deeper with God and practical pieces to help them live out their faith on a day-to-day basis.

Scroll down the page for issue dates. If you’d like to contribute an article for the magazine, or our online edition, please be sure to read this page then get in touch with us at communications@oxford.anglican.org

Audience

Pathways is for all God’s people, disciples and inquirers alike. It’s for the punter in the pew and people on the fringes of a regular gathered church, and also those who venture in on special occasions, if at all. The magazine doesn’t shy away from covering tough issues Christians face, such as human sexuality and assisted dying. We try to avoid simple answers and formulaic conclusions, and look for contributors who do the same.

Tone

Our tone of voice is accessible, entertaining and friendly. Any anecdotes should be real-life only and we look for a range of voices over a publication year to portray the different traditions and churchmanship of the Anglican Church. At all times we look for language should be as non-churchy as possible. The best way to describe something in words in an accessible way is to describe it as if you were talking to a friend in the pub, or a good friend who isn’t a theology expert over coffee after church. When we use Bible verses they are typically from the NRSV version.

Our authors

  • Pathways does not accept unsolicited content or simultaneous submissions, please always get in touch with us first to discuss the piece you’d like to write.
  • Contributors typically live or worship in the Diocese of Oxford, or have a strong personal connection to the area.
  • The editors and Director of Communications reserve the right to reject any submitted content at any stage of the editorial process.

Word count

Articles should be no more than 500 words, preferably much less. Less than 500 words allows room for graphics and visual ideas. Lists are always welcome and we can discuss this with you before you start writing. If you’re struggling to keep to the agreed wordcount send us the piece anyway and we’ll edit it down for you.

Deadlines

Please respect the deadlines we give you as we need to have time to reflect on content and we may want to suggest edits (or use your article in a different way). If there is going to be problem delivering a piece let us know early so we have plenty of time to commission a different author.

Regular sections of the magazine

Everyday Faith

this regular section is about how to live a greater, fuller life in God from Sunday to Saturday.

God in the Life Of…

is a collection of interviews with Christians from all walks of life. God in the Life of pre-dates Pathways and a large archive of past stories is available online.

How to…

includes basic guides on the basics of the Christian faith that are interesting to everyone, fun and accessible ‘topical listicles’ of things people can do, and more detailed advice and support for disciples such as How to Dwell in the Word.

The Bible on…

What the Bible has to say on contemporary issues.

Head to Head

Is one of the main feature articles. We ask two Christians with different perspectives on topical issues to write an open letter expressing their views and experiences. This section is always comissioned and presented without editorial comment, it’s there to explain the deeply held personal viewpoint of the writers. Authors are asked to avoid ‘Bible bashing’ and must not set out to explain why other perspectives are wrong. Their task is to write in the first person why and how they came to their perspective.

For the sake of God’s World

Another main feature article, For the Sake of God’s World focusses on elements of our diocesan vision for a more Christ-like Church. This section is always authored by the Pathways team but can include ‘how to’ guides that are written by others.

Who told you?

This is a first-person testimony from a lay person about their adult journey to faith and the people who guided them along the way. Who told you is there to act as an encouragement both to people exploring thier faith and to mature Christians thinking about how they can better disciple others.

Upcoming themes

Issue 1 – January 2019

Making a bigger difference in the world and human sexuality.

Issue 2 – April 2019

Growing new churches and congregations. News of development fund and parish discernment tool.

Issue 3 – October 2019

School chaplaincy, working with children and young people.

Issue 4 – February 2020

In development, includes: ‘One tunic living’; the impact of pornography on the whole of society.