Overview

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.

Annual Conference

Our annual conference is an opportunity for journal staff from across the country to meet one another, share vision and best practices, conduct self-evaluation, connect with alumni from the network, and hear from leading scholars and media professionals.

Our 12th annual conference will be held on January 24-26 in Boston, MA at the historic Omni Parker House. Speakers will include Ross Douthat (New York Times) and Andy Crouch (Praxis). More details to come soon.

Our 11th annual conference was held on January 25-27, 2019. Speakers included Prof. Meghan Sullivan (Notre Dame), Prof. Tyler VanderWeele (Harvard), Andy Crouch (Praxis), Annie Augustine (Vice Media), Virginia Cumberbatch (Hux Storyhouse), and Anne Snyder (The Philanthropy Roundtable). More information on the #AC2019 conference can be found here.

Our keynote speaker for 2018’s conference was best-selling author and executive editor of Christianity Today, Andy Crouch. Check out our highlights from the retreat!

Coaching

To help students start and grow their journals, the Augustine Collective offers coaching in three ways:

  1. 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. Our speaker most recent speaker was James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy and theology at Calvin College and author of Desiring the Kingdom and How (Not) to be Secular. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Catalytic Funding

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. If you are interested in applying for funding, contact us.