Writing For CGM

Categories/Submission Guidelines

Christian Grandfather Magazine (CGM) is a new men’s magazine blog with focus on encouraging husbands, dads and grandfathers to walk and talk as Christ. We need encouragement to fulfill our role as Christian leaders in our families.

We are looking for guest writers who are dedicated to the Lord, and who can contribute their knowledge, experience, and ideas on how to live that example in front of their children and grandchildren. We need godly men and women who can encourage and challenge these men to stay the course in their personal life and health. Before you continue reading, please understand that this is a new ministry and therefore, compensation is unavailable at this time. You will receive credit, through your bio, for being published.

Are you willing to contribute?

You are writing to bring Glory to God!

Categories: What we are looking for:

The GRANDS: The most important part of this magazine is to connect fathers with their children and grandfathers with their grandchildren. Men and women, alike, can share thoughts on the scriptural, family, and personal role of a Christian husband, father, and grandfather. Share ways that a grandfather can spend time with this grands and what our influence can be with them.  

Some grandfathers may not know where to begin sharing with their grandchildren. They are asking, how do I start? What can I say or do? You can help by sharing how you, your dad or granddad discusses spiritual things with the young ones, the teenagers, or adult children?

Give us suggestions that will motivate us to share holy things creating a spiritual bond that brings them to us in times of joy and trial. Teach us ways to raise boys to men and nurture girls to young women of God.

The SHARING: We would love to hear about the Christian men in your life. What is your favorite memory of them? How did they portray Christ in front of you and others? Did they influence you to follow Christ? What are the specific actions, words, or deeds that helped to inspire you? Have you taken a good look at yourself to see if you continued their legacy, or did you start one of your own? What can you share with men to refresh our hearts and minds to be strong and deliberate in our walk before those who follow in our steps?  

The CALLING: Many scriptures call us to action. Persuade us to answer the call in the scripture you’ve chosen, and then energize us to take action. Don’t just tell us what we need to do, provide ideas to actually do it. How do we apply this to our personal lives and grow spiritually from it?

 Examples: (Choose Your Scripture)

1. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV)

2. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a worker who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NASB)

3. Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18 ESV)

The WITNESS: Can you imagine the excitement of the early church when they came back from their travels and sharing of the gospel? There was one collective praise gathering, sharing how each presented the gospel. Men and women who stood impatiently, wanting to be next to share their stories of acceptance, healing, and even rejection of the gospel. Those times must have been occasions of joy, thanksgiving, singing, and praise! Souls were saved at the name of Jesus. 

Why don’t we do that anymore? We live too far apart for us to meet, but why not share our encounters here, on Christian Grandfather Magazine? Include backstory, if there is any. Share your presentation of the gospel. Perhaps there are those who have backslidden and you have helped guide them to a new commitment in Christ.

How did the discussion of salvation come into the conversation? Explain the circumstances around this opportunity to present the gospel. What was the response? How did the conversation end? Electrify us! Arouse the spiritual life in our men to prepare for presenting  the gospel everyday, and then share it with others. (see THE TESTIMONY below)

THE TESTIMONY: But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience… (1 Peter 3:15-16a NIV)

How can we do that if we are not equipped? One of the best ways to prepare is to write it down, learn it, and share it.

The writing of your testimony is the perfect way to be prepared. 1) It allows you to fine tune what to say when God nudges you to share it with someone. 2) It describes what life was like before and after meeting our Jesus. 3) Chronicling your faith will bring assurance and confidence to your personal spiritual growth. 4) In this day and age of people researching family heritage, a documented testament leaves your legacy for generations to come. 5) Of utmost importance, your testimony on CGM may be the encouragement someone needs.

If you are unsure where to start, I recommend the following resource: https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/webfm_send/334

Confirming your testimony, by writing it down, is a powerful tool to share with your friends and CGM.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH: Teach, instruct, and encourage men to grow in the Spirit by:

  • Walking close to God,
  • Consuming scripture,
  • Daily habitual and fervent prayer, Stepping out in faith,
  • Embracing the role of a Christian husband, father, or grandfather 

Other areas might include:

  • Disciplining others (including family)
  • Sacrificially giving to the work of God  
  • Becoming the fragrance of God at work and home

These only scratch the surface of an infinite list of things God has in store for men in their journey to spiritual growth. Write what God has placed on your heart.

POETRY: All poetry must have a Christian theme and message, and contain 150 – 1000 words.

PHOTOGRAPHY: CGM needs your photography. We are looking for photos of dads and grandfathers with their children and grandchildren. We welcome them for use with our articles. Also any Christian themed photo will be of great benefit, i.e.; worship, praise, scenic landscapes, family Christmas and Thanksgiving, ETC.  

 Guidelines for Submission

Submissions should be no longer than 1500 words. If you have one longer, please submit for our review. There is no minimum word count.

All submissions must be a Word doc. If you cannot submit in Word please post in the body of an email.

Times New Roman font at 12 pt. text size (with exception of titles, etc.), left-justify all text, and italicize words of emphasis.

You may submit content that has been published once before provided it has been at least one six months since publication.

CGM retains the right to reject any submission at any time during the review process for any reason, including nonconformity to our guidelines or refusal to cooperate with our editors.

All submissions should be grammar and spell-checked before submission.

All submitted material is subject to use by CGM. By submitting you consent to have your material published on the CGM website under the following terms:l

  • Unless we specifically request permission from you, CGM will not knowingly post your material or photographs o a third party site.
  • Authors and photographers retain full rights to their material, and will be credited with each submitted material that is published.

CGM reserves the right to change these guidelines at anytime

YOUR PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY: In order to introduce you to the reader and provide full credit to you as a writer/contributor, we require a personal bio between 50-100 words in length and written in third person. Add basic information. Examples: Employment, a description of major writing credits, books you’ve authored, awards, personal interest, family, number of children and/or grandchildren, where you live (State or Country), etc. You may also include a link to your website or blog.

Please include a photo of yourself. Do not embed it in your submission, keep it separate.

Photographers include your name, and a link to your photography website.  

DISCLAIMER:

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors on CGM do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of CGM. The information published in CGM are works of the author(s). We accept no responsibility for any articles, poems, or photography we unknowingly published that has been plagiarized. Authors and photographers alone must accept full responsibility for their material. If you believe we have published your work, please email us at christiangrandfather@gmail.com for our review.

All rights reserved. No part of any CGM published work may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the publisher.

Please type “SUBMISSION” in the subject line of your email.

Submit all writing, photography, or questions to:

Andy Oldham 

christiangrandfather@gmail.com