Does your church newsletter need a new voice?

The basic differences between good church publications and inferior ones are good design and a consistent editorial voice. Adopting a congregational style guide is an achievable way for churches to improve the way they present themselves to others, and unlike other improvement efforts doesn’t demand a cash outlay. A common, public standard might soften hurt feelings about that awkwardly-written contributed article that had to be changed.

While the parallel is imperfect, the style guide for Wikinews is as close as any I have seen for adoption by a church newsletter, and most  of it — the parts written after September 25, 2005 — is available under the Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution License, which is about as free as they come.  It would allow, for instance, for a church or other entity to use the style guide — and with attribution — adopt it for their own use and pass the product along for others to use.

Do you know of any other style guides that can be shared?

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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