The Augustine Collective exists to support student leaders of Christian journals on college campuses, foster collaboration between journals, and assist in the launch of new journals. The Collective sponsors an array of resources including annual conferences and gatherings, leadership coaching and mentoring, online resources, and catalytic funding.
Starting a Journal
We’d love to help you start a journal on your campus. A great first step would be to contact us so we can discuss where you are in the process.
Drawing on the experiences of existing journals, we can provide guidance at each step along the way, from crafting a vision statement to printing your first issue. We also put students in touch with current staff at member journals, and provided catalytic funding.
Additionally, several colleges have said that attending our annual retreat was a turning point for the formation of their journal. Contact us if you’re interested in learning more.
Our annual retreat is an opportunity for journal staff from across the country to meet one another, share vision and best practices, conduct self-evaluation, and hear from leading scholars. For the past few years, the retreat has convened editors in New England.
This year, our 9th annual retreat was held on January 20-22, 2017 in Boston, MA. Our keynote speaker was be best-selling author and executive editor of Christianity Today, Andy Crouch. To see the schedule, speaker bios, and photos, visit the site for our 2017 Retreat.
To help students start and grow their journals, the Augustine Collective offers coaching in three ways:
- Throughout the year, a professional editor hosts video conferences to mentor students on specific topics pertaining to their journals, and to create an open forum for questions. This year, our speaker is James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy and theology at Calvin College and author of Desiring the Kingdom and How (Not) to be Secular. Recaps are available for the first four of his six sessions: What Does Success Look Like For Your Journal, Best Practices for Editors, Building a Team and Writing a Good Article.
- Many of our alumni are advisers to the Collective, drawing upon their experiences as students, as well as their perspectives since graduation. Thirteen young adults served as alumni coaches at the 2015 annual retreat, and more remain in contact with the journals throughout the year.
- Finally, students themselves engage in peer coaching. In addition to answering questions and exchanging resources online, students have also taken the initiative to arrange campus visits to strengthen ties between publications. Contact us if you’d like to be put in touch with current students.
We believe we have a lot to learn from one another. The Augustine Collective provides resources for the staff of existing journals and students interested in starting a journal on their campus.
- Starting a Publication
It can take time for a journal to become self-sustaining. We offer funding to help cover printing costs for new journals, while they transition to supporting themselves through their campus and alumni.
At present, catalytic funding from the AC is only available for colleges in New England. If your college is not located in New England, and you are still looking for funding to publish a first issue, contact us.