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U.S. Mennonite Brethren are part of God’s story and the Christian Leader tells stories specifically for the USMB family. These stories strive to deepen our understanding of our evangelical and Anabaptist distinctives and to generate conversations over topics pertinent faith and life. We focus on our agreed-upon core commitments—church planting and evangelism, intentional disciple-making and leadership development. We highlight the contributions of partner ministries, encourage networking, feature practical ministry efforts and emphasize empowering local congregations.

The Christian Leader is a 32-page magazine published six times a year.

The Christian Leader is a member of the Evangelical Press Association.

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The articles printed in the Christian Leader and posted at www.christianleadermag.com are owned by Christian Leader or by the author and may not be reprinted without permission.

Unless noted, Scripture quotations are from the New International Version.

Distribution

Christian Leader is offered to every household of the U.S. Conference of MB Churches (current distribution is 9,800) as a benefit of denominational affiliation. Individual subscriptions are also available.

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Contact

If you have any questions about the Christian Leader or for more information, please contact us at editor@usmb.org or call 620-947-5543.

CL History

A decade after Mennonite Brethren left Russia and arrived in the U.S., leaders wanted a periodical to communicate with their scattered churches. In 1884 they began publishing Zionsbote (Messenger of Zion). This German-language publication was the official periodical of North American Mennonite Brethren until 1951.

The Christian Leader, first published in 1937, was initially a youth publication designed to serve a constituency that was fast switching from German to English. It became the official publication of the church in 1951 and served both U.S. and Canadian Mennonite Brethren until 1955 when the Canadian Conference developed its own publication.

Since 1955, the Christian Leader has focused its content on the issues and activities of U.S. Mennonite Brethren. The magazine is published by the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (USMB) and regularly includes inserted publications from USMB partner agencies, specifically MB Mission. Over the years the magazine’s frequency has transitioned from biweekly to monthly to bimonthly. Christian Leader is offered to every USMB household as a benefit of denominational affiliation. The magazine began publishing CL Online in 2008 and C-Link, a biweekly electronic news digest, was added in 2012.

Christian Leader has a history of giving young men and women the opportunity to serve the denomination and of promoting staff members. Five editors have served the Christian Leader over the past 50 years.

  • Orlando Harms was editor from 1953 to the mid 1970s.
  • Harms recruited his successor, Wally Kroeker (1975 to 1985), a young journalist.
  • Don Ratzlaff, Kroeker’s assistant editor, was named editor in 1985 and served until 1998.
  • When Carmen Andres (1998-2003) was appointed editor in 1998, the Christian Leader crossed the gender barrier.
  • Current editor Connie Faber, who worked with both Ratzlaff and Andres, assumed the editor’s duties in 2004.