byFaith's powder-puff journalism...
A couple months ago, brother David took part in a discussion on the floor of Ohio Presbytery (PCA) concerning the chronic deficit faced by the denomination's administrative headquarters in Atlanta. Some of the denomination's better-known men had joined together to try to get amendments to the Book of Church Order passed that would put in place a per/member tax on individual churches that, for all practical purposes, would be mandatory. Their effort was repudiated by the presbyteries, though, so it's been back to the drawing board.
As other less-drastic solutions were being considered, someone discovered the denomination's online and print magazine, byFaith, was losing money hand over fist and the money lost each year came from the denomination's administrative headquarters. Further, the amount of money headquarters was providing byFaith each year is roughly equivalent to headquarter's deficit.
In the midst of a debate over how to address the situation, brother David brought a motion to remove the funding the PCA headquarters was providing byFaith, and the motion easily passed. So now there's an overture coming to this summer's General Assembly calling for byFaith to find its fuding somewhere else and it's likely this will mean byFaith will either have to gain subscribers or stop publishing.
If they stop publishing, it won't be much of a loss...From the beginning byFaith has been the voice of the PCA's hip, rich, and famous and it's avoided publishing anything interesting for fear of interesting morphing into controversial. As several lamented here in the comments on Baylyblog a while ago, its letters to the editor have been ruled with an iron fist, so quite predictably the magazine has very few readers and only a tiny proportion of the PCA has bothered to subscribe.
I responded with this letter to the editor:
This (Ohio Presbytery) overture is wise. bYfAITH has long been a house organ speaking only for the PCA's status quo. This is never a prescription for the financial success of any publication, nor is it helpful to the ongoing reform of the Church. Let the status quo fund it. Them's calling the tunes ought to pay the piper.
More on it can be read at Baylyblog dot com in the post, "The hens are squawking and the goose is chasing David across the barnyard."
byFaith sat on the letter for weeks. Then finally, I got an e-mail from Editor Richard Doster saying he wouldn't publish the letter because it didn't have the "proper tone for the PCA's denominational magazine."