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Content Sought

Michigan In Touch Online is vehicle for sharing content (articles, photographs, video, audio) that points to Christ, share God’s Word, and celebrate the journey, joys, and challenges of the ministry that He has entrusted to His people in the Michigan District, LCMS. Complete articles and stories are preferred. Your passion for the subject of your writing is critical. The staff can assist you with writing and copyediting, but we cannot be a substitute for your insight and enthusiasm towards the subject. The Michigan District Stylebook and the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook serve as basic guides for grammar, punctuation,and specific LCMS terminology.


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Target Content

GREAT COMMISSION MINISTRY: 

Content that captures stories of hope inspired by congregations and ministries that share the Good News of Jesus with people who do not know him.

GREAT COMPASSION MINISTRY: 

Content that highlights congregations and ministries who seek out and compassionately attend to people in need.

HEALTHY CONGREGATIONS: 

Content that spotlights congregations that have Christ-centered ministries, loving and joyful atmospheres, and sustainable organizational systems.

HEALTHY CHURCH WORKERS: 

Content that encourages Christ-centered church workers, and inspires them to live out their calling in loving relationships, stable families, and professional systems.

The Lutheran Witness Michigan Supplement Submission

Please note: Selective Content from Michigan In Touch Online will be included along with the following articles

  • Congregation and Schools News and events (175-200 words)
  • Special Recognition – Ordinations, Installations, Anniversaries, Retirements, Special Honors (Please submit a headshot photo and short caption, 20-30 words*)

Article and Image Submission

In order to submit content to Michigan In Touch Online, you must have a registered account. If you have an account, click the “Submit Article” button below and you will be prompted to login. If you do not have an account, head to the Create An Account page to get started.

Articles may also be submitted via postal mail (Michigan In Touch; 3773 Geddes Rd; Ann Arbor MI 48105). Files accepted include Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe PDF. The editorial staff will edit manuscripts for clarity, style, and length. When possible and appropriate, edited drafts of stories will be shared with the author. Articles with doctrinal content go through a doctrinal review process.

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At times, article submissions are declined. There are a variety of reasons, but the most common include:

  • The story is not relevant to the purpose of Michigan In Touch Online or its audience
  • It includes doctrinal discrepancy with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
  • It is similar to recently published articles

Images/Photographs/Artwork submissions should be no less than 300 dpi. Headshots should be at least 500KB. To achieve these high resolution photos, set your digital camera to its highest setting. Accepted formats include .jpeg, .tif, .eps, .psd, and .ai. Images copied from a website are not acceptable.


Sharing, Copyright & Permission to Reprint Policy

The Michigan District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod holds first rights and electronic rights for usage on its website. The rights revert to the author once the story has been published. When work is submitted, it is understood that the work is free of copyright protection and that the author is the owner of any copyrights related to the work.

Michigan In Touch Online content is available to share via Social Media and is printer friendly. The Lutheran Witness Michigan Supplement is available to download online and may be shared in a printed or electronic format.


Deadlines for Print Issues of Michigan In Touch

Supplement Deadline
January November 1
February December 1
March January 1
April February 1
May March 1
June/July May 1
August June 1
September July 1
October August 1
November September 1
December October 1