The Presbyterian Outlook is an independent magazine on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Our mission is to equip, nurture and inspire church leaders within the Reformed tradition to be faithful servants in a dynamic, changing and challenging time. For over 200 years we have been a trusted source of news, commentary and resources.

We value intelligent, insightful, interesting writing on compelling ideas. We seek to engage our readers in a dialogue that enables a multitude of views to be shared, fostering a fresh perspective on the church and the world. We consider our audience to fall into these main categories: ordained leadership, lay leadership, theological thinkers and spiritual seekers. Everything that we publish speaks to at least one of those aforementioned identities.

For all submissions, please email the manuscript to as a Word or text document. Please only submit original pieces that have not been published or posted anywhere else and include a short (1-2 sentence) personal bio. Please note that due to the volume of submissions we receive, it may take several weeks for a response.

We encourage submissions in the following categories:

In Focus: (1500-2500 words) These are feature articles based on research and reporting. We look for high-quality research that incorporates a strong narrative.

Columns: (500 or 640 words): These are opinion pieces on a wide variety of subjects.

Voices: Online-only reflections. These can be first-person accounts of ministry experiences that inform the wider church, personal reflections on faith or spirituality, critical, theological think pieces, an op-ed, poetry, or fiction. Most articles are between 500-1000 words.

Book reviews: Please contact the book editor, Amy Pagliarella.

Reviews: Podcasts, tech, music and film reviews are welcome.

What’s right? We’re looking for 150 words with a few photos that tell “what’s right” about your church.

Art and photography: From time to time, pieces may be featured in print or on our website. We welcome photo submissions of congregations and ministries in worship or engaged in ministry, and encourage artwork.

Other: Surprise us. We don’t want to limit the movement of the Spirit.

Feel free to email for upcoming issue themes.