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Sword & trowel: What’s new for 2020

For more than 100 years, the Baptist Messenger has been informing and inspiring Oklahoma Baptists, as we advance the Gospel together.

For 2020, all the existing reader favorites, like Walker Moore’s column and the crossword puzzle, continue as great as ever. Also for 2020, we are rolling out some new features and offerings I wanted to highlight.

More Church News

The Messenger has long published a “People and Church News” section. From church anniversaries to baptisms, revival reports to news about ministry leaders, this is your feature as Oklahoma Baptists. We are moving this feature from page 10, and expanding the church news section, so we may include more info, photos and events from you, with a full spread on pages 8 & 9.

Please send us your Oklahoma Baptist church and people news and info to baptistmessenger@okbaptist.net. Sending it a month prior to when you would like it to be published is best. While we cannot guarantee everything sent will be able to be printed, we are grateful to expand this feature.

One website

The Messenger’s award-winning blog “Word Slingers” has been located on a separate website since its launch more than five years ago. Now, all articles, blog posts and podcasts will be located on one website (www.baptistmessenger.com) for your convenience.

If you’ve not been to our website lately, check it out today. From a weekly movie review on the latest releases, to inspiring columns to church-help articles, there’s something for everyone on our website.

One app

The Messenger has featured two apps—one called “Messenger Digital,” which featured a digital replica of the print issue—and one called “Messenger Go,” which has featured breaking news, podcasts and more. The Apps are now being combined into one.

The “Messenger Go,” which has a green icon and is downloadable in the App Store and Google Play, will give you access to the digital edition for free, as well as news and features. To download the free app, search for “Baptist Messenger” in the app stores or go to www.baptistmessenger.com/messengermobile.

Re-launched podcast program

The “Insight” podcast has featured a wide array of guests, including Michael W. Smith, Dennis Jernigan, Albert Mohler, as well as many local pastors and international missionaries. For 2020, the podcast program will be offered each week, with inspiring and helpful content for Oklahoma Baptists. To download the podcast, find us on iTunes, Spotify or your preferred podcast platform.

One customer service portal

In 2019, the Baptist Messenger underwent a major database transition, i.e. a change in our master mailing list software. To ensure database and mailing accuracy, all Baptist Messenger subscriptions will be handled by the individual subscriber. All Baptist Messenger subscriptions are now self-service, which means everyone can now request and manage their own subscription.

Each church member can visit baptistmessenger.com/subscriptions and request a free subscription by clicking the “Subscriber Services” button. Also, I will remind you that, as of 2019, Oklahoma Baptists, through the Cooperative Program, assumed the cost of subscriptions for Oklahoma Baptist churches, so there is no out-of-pocket cost associated to subscribing for individuals or church members.

As always, feel free to contact us by emailing  baptistmessenger@okbaptist.net or by calling 405/942-3800, if we can serve you better. Together, let’s continue to lift up Christ and advance the Gospel in 2020 and beyond.

Brian Hobbs

Author: Brian Hobbs

Brian is editor of The Baptist Messenger.

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