MB magazine subject to review by church leaders

Theological content in the U.S. Mennonite Brethren magazine Christian Leader will be reviewed prior to publication by church leaders.

The USMB Leadership Board approved the review process and other steps to rebuild trust in the publication, according to a report in Christian Leader.

Two or three district ministers and the USMB national director will review the editorial and “other content that contains theological perspectives.”

Suggestions from a review team included a request that the magazine reflect the “theological conservatism of the majority” of its readers. The team cited an “erosion of trust and confidence” among some constituents.

The board recommended the magazine continue to be offered in print. A survey showed a large majority of readers want this — a finding that was “somewhat of a surprise” to the review team.

Christian Leader is printed six times a year. Its Canadian counterpart, MB Herald, went out of print in 2019 and continues online.

The review team affirmed editors Connie Faber and Janae Rempel and designer Shelly Plett.

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