The Baptist magazine welcomes readers to submit comments to our online articles or letters to the editor. By submitting a comment or letter, you are consenting to its display on this website and to abiding by the following rules. You are also consenting to its possible later re-publishing in the print version of the Baptist magazine. 

Submission rules

  • The Baptist magazine reserves the right to check, edit, moderate, publish, remove or not publish submissions, and may do so without entering into discussion or correspondence with submitters.
  • The Baptist magazine can change these rules at any time without prior notification being necessary.
  • Note that opinions expressed in our magazine and on our website are not necessarily those of the Baptist Churches of New Zealand or the magazine’s editorial team.
  • You must provide your full name (first name/surname) and your contact details when making a submission. Your contact details will not be made public but are necessary in case we need to contact you about your submission.
  • For Letters to the Editor, your name will be published, so please consider carefully what you wish to say:
    • Show respect for other people’s viewpoints. It is possible to debate an issue without being personally abusive or demeaning.
    • Do not use threatening or offensive language, or make comments that could be considered discriminatory on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual preference, nationality, age or disability.
    • Do not include defamatory, pornographic, or other illegal material.
    • Do not breach anyone’s confidentiality or privacy rights, or infringe any third party’s intellectual property rights.
    • Do not submit anything that may prejudice legal proceedings.
    • Do not use this facility as a forum to air internal church conflicts, to gossip about people, or to promote your personal business or ministry interests. If you have genuine concerns about leadership, governance or other aspects of a particular church there are proper channels for this. Contact the Baptist National Centre if you require advice on the process of making a complaint or conflict resolution.
  • If you are under 18 years of age you must have your parent or guardian’s permission first before submission.