National Publications Commission established

Recent Commissioners’ Conference created group to discuss publishing

The first-ever Publications Commission, created by the Commissioners’ Conference in early 2012, met for the first time at National Headquarters March 7 with representation from the four U.S. territories and Canada.

“Publications is an interest of the commissioners directly,” said Colonel William Harfoot, national chief secretary. “It is important to think about how we can advance Salvation Army  publications in North America, and this commission will be a helpful and historic addition to the process.”

The commission’s purpose is to discuss common concerns in publishing, and provide guidance in using publishing as a means of ministry; it will not be involved in detail management of either national or territorial publications. Under the leadership of Major Allen Satterlee, national editor-in-chief and literary secretary, commission members include: Major Jim Champ, editor-in-chief and literary secretary (Canada and Bermuda); Major Barry Corbitt, Greater Baltimore Area Commander (South); Christin Davis, New Frontier Publications managing editor (West); Elizabeth Kinzie, editorial director (Central); Major Robin Lyle, education secretary (East); and Captain Amy Reardon, Young Salvationist editor (National).

“We don’t want to create a competitive environment, but a cooperative atmosphere between all publications,” Satterlee said.

In the upcoming year, the commission will also assist in the planning of a national literary conference, currently slated for April 15-21, 2013.

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