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CTI closes four publications

Publishing powerhouse Christianity Today International, citing hard times in its industry, is shutting down four publications and laying off 31 workers.

According to an announcement in late May, two magazines will fold: Today’s Christian Woman and Campus Life College Guide, which targets Christian undergrads.

CTI will also cease to publish Glimpses, a worship bulletin insert with stories from Christian history, and Church Office Today, a bimonthly newsletter.

The moves, which reduce CTI staff numbers by 22 percent to 108 employees, mark the latest attempt to cut costs at the Carol Stream, Ill.-based publisher. In January the organization shuttered two other magazines—Marriage Partnership and Ignite Your Faith—and sold a third, Today’s Christian.

Cuts became necessary as CTI experienced drops in both print and online advertising revenue over the past six to nine months, said Carol Thompson, chief operating officer. Those declines, she said, came on the heels of shrinking circulation figures at certain CTI publications over the past five years.

CTI will continue publishing nine magazines and newsletters, including its flagship Christianity Today and Leadership Journal. The organization traces its roots to evangelist Billy Graham, who founded Christianity Today in 1956.


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