Author Guidelines

The Journal of Applied Christian Leadership accepts submissions for the following four elements. Please review the description and requirements for each element.

Biblical Reflection

  • Article reflects on biblical text from the perspective of leaders and/or leadership
  • Approximately 10 to 12 pages (excluding references and cover page), double-spaced

Featured Articles

  • Research-based academic articles dealing with a topic in leadership
  • Includes section on leadership application
  • Approximately 18 to 22 pages (excluding references and cover page), double-spaced
  • Note: Longer articles may be accepted, but will likely have to be shortened in the editing process

Leadership Lived

  • Practical article, drawing insights from the life of leaders
  • Approximately 8-10 pages (excluding references and cover page), double-spaced


  • Practical leadership article, discussing provoking dialogue and discussion
  • Approximately 10 to 12 pages (excluding references and cover page), double-spaced 

When you submit your manuscript, please indicate for which element you are submitting.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

As you prepare your manuscript, please keep in the following guidelines in mind.

1. When discussing a research-based study, clearly communicate the implications for the practitioner of Christian leadership in language that is accessible to readers not necessarily familiar with the specialty of the author.

(A phone call or an e-mail to our office may help to confirm the appropriateness of focus. For your reference, we are located within the Eastern Time Zone.)

2. Practice does not occur in an intellectual or theoretical vacuum. Thus, practice-based articles should make connections to some theoretical framework that helps understand the description of leadership in the article.

3. Include a 100-word abstract and a 30-word biographical sketch for each author.

  • Examples of author bios:
    • Duane M. Covrig, PhD, is professor of religion at Kettering College in Kettering, Ohio.
    • Albert Reyes, PhD, is President of Buckner International in Dallas, Texas.
    • Pat Gustin, MA, retired in 2005 from the Institute of World Mission at Andrews University where she was the director for nine years. She currently lives in Walla Walla, Washington.

4. Prepare material according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition (2020), paying particular attention to the use of the active voice and the organization of references. References should also be included in APA formatting.

5. Prepare a separate cover sheet including name, address, daytime telephone number, e-mail address, and professional affiliation of each author, as well as the manuscript title and date of submission. (In the case of multiple authors, provide the address, phone number, and affiliation for each.)

6. Submit the article as an electronic mail (e-mail) attachment in either Microsoft Word (.doc), WordPerfect (.wpd), or Rich Text (.rtf) formats.

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