The quarterly IMB publication will focus on today's issues facing international missions, replacing The Commission magazine and To the ends of the earth. The Commission was first published in 1849; To the ends of the earth began in 2004.
The new publication by the Southern Baptist mission board will be published on newsprint instead of a slick magazine format and is designed to provide a more cost effective and focused approach to inspiring and educating readers about global missions, said Bill Bangham, the magazine's editor.
"By moving to a tabloid we save money and are able to offer four issues a year rather than the two we produced with The Commission magazine," Bangham said. "We wanted a publication that was leaner, more timely, less corporate. Since IMB is going through a time of transition in organization and strategy, this seemed the time to do it.
"The best thing we do is tell stories -- and we have great stories to tell," he added.
The first issue will feature articles on the economy, a look at missions in India since the 2004 tsunami and how Memphis-based outreach and churches are impacting the globe. Many of the feature stories in CommissionStories magazine will include multimedia packages posted on commissionstories.com.
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