Welcome to the Association for Church Editors

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8th March 2018





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The Association for Church Editors provides practical help and advice to those concerned with producing church-based communications. The principle aim of our Association is therefore to support the highest standards of editorial communication between churches and their immediate communities.

As a not-for-profit organization, ACE is run by volunteers, almost all of whom produce a magazine for their church either on their own or with the support of a small group of helpers. A few church magazines are still produced by the church minister. The vast majority are produced by members of the congregation, some of whom have professional knowledge perhaps in pubic relations, publicity or designing publications. Such knowledge is extremely useful though sadly not always valued as it should be.

Ideas Forum

The ACE Awards

Following earlier magazine competitions, the ACE Executive Committee came up with the idea of an Awards Scheme which has proved very successful.

Our experience in judging both the original competition and the new Awards Scheme has been that it is almost impossible to judge the various types of church magazine against each other.

What we are doing now is to judge magazines against others in the same category each year. For instance, we judged A5 black and white magazines, then A5 magazines in which colour had been used. Next we shall be judging magazines of A4 and similar sizes. We are finding this to be a very successful approach.

The editor of the best overall magazine in that category is awarded the John King Trophy to hold for twelve months. All editors and their editorial teams are eligible to enter. Judging is aimed at answering the question "How well does your magazine meet its aims?" In deciding this the judges take into account the financial, human and technical resources available for its production. As well as the John King Trophy, other trophies and certificates are awarded for the various aspects of production.

How do we help

Editing a church magazine can sometimes feel like a lonely job. It helps if you can develop a group of people around you from your congregation who are able to provide help with various tasks. Hopefully you will be well supported by your minister.

ACE provides you with a valuable opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals who provide each other with support, help, comment and new ideas, not to mention friendship. Suddenly it is not such a lonely job after all!

Anyone who supports the aims and production of church magazines may join the Association. Membership is not limited to the editor; other members of the team will benefit too. We also welcome members who, while not involved in the production of the church magazine for their own congregation nevertheless have relevant knowledge and experience and are willing to share this with others to the benefit of their churches

The Association is ecumenical, educational, and above all a source of continual help so that members can aim for high standards in publishing the magazine for their church.

The John King trophy

Additional Benefits of ACE Membership

Members of ACE also benefit in terms of access to unique subscriber-only resources on this website. Members are encouraged to log on to see current news and to use the forthcoming member’s section to network and share ideas.

Guide to Good Practice

Printed copies

Members and non-members may purchase a printed copy from Alan Rickards, ACE Treasurer and Membership Officer, 51 West Way, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 7DG. Please enclose a cheque for £4.00 payable to ACE with your order.

Printed copies will also be available to purchase at workshops and the annual meeting.

The Guide will be very useful to have on your desk, particularly when working on your magazine.

Additions and updates will be made made periodically. Members are encouraged to send any tips and advice which they think may be of help to others to the Webmaster.


Workshops are organised periodically in various parts of the country, usually by a local member. These workshops are designed to bring a group of members together and update their knowledge.

These events are a good way of bringing people together, of making  friends and of learning  new  ideas  based  on  the knowledge and experience of other editors. Getting to know other editors living near you can be an invaluable source of assistance when help is needed because “things have gone wrong”.

The Ideas Forum, the Association's newsletter for members, is currently produced and e-mailed out to members monthly.

The forum provides members with regular articles of interest, often written by members, and a variety of other material for use in your magazines. There are also regular tips, based on the  practical experience of editors, related to design and technology, so that we can all learn from, and share these tips and advice.

Local Groups

In some areas, local groups lie at the heart of our activities. They are run by members who are delighted to welcome new members to their group. New members joining the Association are encouraged to join a local group where they will be welcomed into the fold. New members are also welcome to help form a new local group if there is not one already in their immediate locality. The aim is to bring members closer together to discuss various issues and challenges.

Meetings are held on an “ad hoc” basis and members bring along their magazines for friendly comparison. Groups are also encouraged to keep in touch by e-mail and to help each other by passing on possible contributions to magazines that can be used by other members.

The ACE Guide to Good Practice is aimed at helping new members, new editors and editors taking over from their predecessors. It acts as a guide to the better appearance of church magazines and includes tips on design, content, editing and much more.

The Guide to Good Practice is being distributed to all current members. Copies will also be sent out to new members when they join the Association.