Submission Guidelines

Since its founding in 2008, Church Health Reader has grown from a start-up website to an award-winning print and online publication. Published by Church Health in Memphis, Tennessee, Church Health Reader encourages and equips people of faith to create and sustain Christian ministries of health, healing and wholeness.


The mission of Church Health is to reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for our bodies and spirits. In support of that mission, Church Health Reader publishes inspirational and innovative resources drawn from knowledgeable sources, and offers practical ways to create happier, healthier communities.

Inspirational | Innovative | Knowledgeable | Practical


Church Health Reader publishes research, articles and reflections on health and healing for lay leaders and clergy. Each issue includes a series of articles focused on a theme related to Christianity and health. Our non-theme section provides coverage of resources, ministries and issues centered on Church Health’s Model for Healthy Living, our model of integrated health that includes faith, food, work, community, movement, medicine, and emotional health.


Church Health Reader is a Christian magazine and strives for broad appeal to many Christian traditions. Our contributors and readers include academics, ordained clergy, lay congregational leaders, faith community nurses, seminary students, and individuals interested in issues of ministry, faith, spiritual care, health care and public health.

Writing Categories

Church Health Reader generally publishes five categories of writing: features, articles, reflections, recommendations and research.

  • Feature – a feature article introduces and explains a specific topic. It is written for a general audience and connects theories and ideas across multiple areas of scholarship. e.g. Interrupting Poverty by Antony Sheehan (Fall 2014). Approximate length: 1300-1800 words
  • Article – an article provides supplemental information on a particular topic. It complements a feature by providing an example, interviewing a leader in the field, or by offering a robust reflection on a particular topic utilizing interviews or research methodology. Photos to accompany the article are appreciated. e.g. Artful Aging by Melissa Huff (Spring 2014), Seriously Funny Spirituality: Q&A with Fr. Jim Martin by Stacy Smith (Summer 2014). Approximate length: 1200-1400 words
  • Reflection – a reflection is a short piece of writing that provides a personal analysis of a Scripture passage or topic. e.g. Live. Laugh. Love. by Ashley-Anne Masters (Winter 2013). Approximate length: 500 words
  • Recommendation – a recommendation is an analysis of a book or other resource and a recommendation to how it may be used in a practical setting. e.g. Book Review: Holy Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose by Mary Boland (Summer 2014). Approximate length: 250-500 words
  • Research – a research article is an academic work that offers a critical analysis on a particular issue or topic. It may be adapted from a previously published academic work for a journal or other scholarly publication. When possible, longer versions of abbreviated articles may be provided online. e.g.: Gluttony by Kendra Hotz and Matt Mathews (Fall 2014). Approximate length: 2500-3000 words



Suggested payment amounts for different writing categories are: Feature – $200, Article – $150, Reflection – $75, Recommendation – $40, and Research – $250. Donations by individual writers are appreciated. Articles written solely for the website are generally unpaid.


Church Health Reader accepts electronic submissions and recommends that you send queries and proposals rather than completed submissions. Please email queries with supportive web links and/or a writing sample to Please allow up to one month for a response.


Church Health Reader makes our articles available under the Creative Commons license. We generally include in our contracts permission to allow reprinting of authors’ work, with the provision that any reprint acknowledge that the article first appeared in Church Health Reader and include the author byline.