Submissions

We are open to article pitches, long-form article submissions, and book proposals. 

General Guidance

All submissions should keep the following in mind:

Mission and values: Gospel-Centered Discipleship exists to publish resources that help make, mature, and multiply disciples of Jesus. Everything we publish reflects our core values: Discipleship-focused, Gospel-centered, Culturally winsome, Life tested, Community context, Mission driven.

Audience: Our audience is anyone who seeks to make, mature, and multiply disciples of Jesus. This includes pastors and church leaders, missional community and small group leaders, lay leaders, and anyone in passionate pursuit of Jesus.

Content: Our resources aim to equip disciple-makers in one of the following areas: Making Disciples (leadership, learning, evangelism, mission), Maturing Disciples (nurturing, shepherding, worship, idolatry, repentance, faith, liturgy), Multiplying Disciples (church planting, missional communities, sending, faith for everyday life).

House style: We follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Do not capitalize pronouns related to the Godhead (“he,” not “He”). Spell out numbers zero through one hundred. Indicate which Bible version you are using for Scripture quotes (our standard is the ESV). Use the Oxford comma.

Tone and voice: Your tone should be casual yet theologically rich, and flow from the biblical texts/themes in your article. Your voice is not that of an expert, but of a fellow disciple of Jesus writing from life-tested experience. You have a firm grasp of the gospel and confidence in the authority of Scripture.

ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS

All pitches and submissions should be saved as a Microsoft Word document and sent as an attachment to our editorial team at submissions@gcdiscipleship.com. The editorial team will respond to submissions within four to six weeks.

Your article pitch/submission should include:

  • Your name and email address

  • The proposed titled

  • Tell us which “M” your article fits (see “Content” section above)

  • Five keywords describing your article

  • A brief bio including links to your ministry/website/social/book, etc.

  • 1,200-1,600 words (for completed articles)

PLEASE NOTE

  1. All content will have to go through an editorial process before it is posted.

  2. You may be asked to further edit your content (shorten, lengthen, add illustrations, change key points, etc.) if necessary.

  3. We may make last minute modifications to the title or grammar of your article without telling you beforehand, but nothing that would change the meaning of what you wrote. All other content changes will be sent to you for your agreement before it is posted.

BOOK PROPOSALS

We publish original content non-fiction books and collaborative anthologies of web-published articles on various themes and issues related to discipleship. Proposals should be saved as a Microsoft Word document and sent as an attachment to our editorial team at submissions@gcdiscipleship.com. The GCD board or editorial team will respond to proposals within ninety days.

Your book proposal should include:

  • A single cover page (double-spaced, numbered, and Times Roman twelve point font), including a proposed title/subtitle, your name, address, and email address

  • Tell us which “M” your article fits (see “Content” section above)

  • A single paragraph summing up the main theses

  • Estimated word count (if your book is not completed)

  • Sample chapters or the equivalent of 3,000-4,000 words on the topic

  • Executive summary (two to three pages)

  • A brief profile of the expected reader with a concise explanation of the problem your book will address.

  • A listing of books that are similar and different and explanation of how yours fits into the market and will be different than existing books in that genre.

  • A chapter-by-chapter outline summarizing the proposed overall content.

  • What kind of presence do you have online currently (blog, guest posts, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)?

  • Have you written any other books? If so, include links.

Writing tips: If you have questions about writing a book proposal, we recommend reading Jane Friedman’s “Start Here: How to Write a Book Proposal.”